Planning and Zoning

Stormwater Management Policy and Implementation

As a graduate student in City & Regional Planning at Cornell University, and throughout his tenure as the Marshfield Town Planner, Angus Jennings conducted significant research regarding stormwater management and its environmental, fiscal and political implications on the local, state and Federal level. While at Cornell, Angus received the first annual Hazard Mitigation Planning Fellowship from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute of Building Sciences. His graduate research included extensive fieldwork in nine municipalities in the Upper Mystic River Watershed, north of Boston; development of recommendations for integration of flood mitigation into local land use bylaws; and cooperation with FEMA, MEMA, MAPC, and the EOEA Watershed Initiative.

MHS groupIn Marshfield, Angus led an initiative to adopt a neighborhood specific development moratorium to allow time to deal with serious flooding challenges. He was also a key advisor for a High School Biology student project to design and build, at no public cost, a bioretention cell to serve the Town Hall parking lot. This project expanded upon a downtown stormwater management plan that the Town funded with a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. In 2005, the students’ work was recognized with one of ten awards issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nationwide, and the students and teacher traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the award and meet President Bush.

EPA website announcement of award

During his time in Marshfield, Angus also participated in a regional working group including municipal officials in Marshfield, Duxbury and Plymouth to produce a model stormwater management bylaw and recommendations. Their work was supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, and was led by Horsley Witten Group. The model bylaw and regulations are available online.

Angus has presented his work on stormwater management at several state, regional and national conferences including a 495/Arc of Innovation seminar, the New England Floodplain and Stormwater Managers’ Association conference in Mystic, CT the national Natural Hazards Conference in Boulder, CO and the American Planning Association national conference in New Orleans, LA.

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