Planning

JEF offers comprehensive planning services to our clients that emphasize a coordinated, watershed-wide approach to flood hazard identification and mitigation. This suite of planning services we provide to clients includes the following types of projects:

  • Area Drainage Master Studies – JEF provides technical information to define and quantify existing and future flood hazards in a watershed through select application of the most appropriate hydrologic and hydraulic methodologies.
  • Area Drainage Master Plans – JEF recommends strategies to mitigate flood hazards. These strategies often combine structural solutions at the conceptual level of design with non-structural approaches to flood hazard mitigation.
  • ¬†Watercourse Master Plans – JEF focuses on watercourses by quantifying possible damages to existing and future development associated with floods up to and including the 1% chance flood event and develops solutions to protect that development from flood damages.
  • ¬†Flood Control Planning Studies – JEF provides flood hazard mitigation plans and facilitates implementation of flood control projects that reduce flooding hazards.
  • Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning – JEF employs a planning process with the targeted community to create a strategy for risk-based decision making to reduce disaster losses to lives, property, and economy that breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.
  • Alternative Plan Formulation – Typical alternative plan formulation includes conceptual design by JEF of structural flood control projects in conjunction with non-structural measures while balancing cost, functional effectiveness, social and environmental considerations. The process culminates with the recommendation of the alternative found most acceptable, compatible, and effective according to select evaluation criteria.
  • Drainage Impact Fee Analyses – JEF performs feasibility level drainage system and structure analysis for planning areas. The results are used by clients in administration of their development impact fee programs.
  • Public Involvement – The successful implementation of planning projects includes stakeholder coordination and public outreach programs to collect valuable input from those communities. Actual tasks performed by JEF include preparation of fact sheets, brochures, and newsletters for distribution to the public and participation in public meetings.
  • Stakeholder Coordination – JEF involves stakeholders from federal, state, county, and local agencies and private developers to build consensus and facilitate effective implementation of planning projects.
  • Emergency Operations Planning / Response – JEF prepares comprehensive, multi-hazard, emergency management programs which are based on the NIMS. These programs provide general guidance for emergency management activities and an overview of methods of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Hazardous Materials Response Planning – JEF prepares specific hazard annexes to the Emergency Operations Plans. These annexes establish the roles and responsibilities and organizational relationship of government agencies and private entities in responding to and recovering from an oil spill or incident involving the transport, use, storage, or processing of hazardous materials.

Project Highlight: Sunflower Fire Floodplain & EAP