That is the question CSUN Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Henrik Minassians hopes to address in the coming year. During a presentation to the NHWNC Board and community at our August 2021 meeting, he proposed having a class of graduate students study resiliency in North Hills West and make recommendations to promote:
- a safe and thriving community
- strong and connected neighborhoods
- a prepared and responsive city
- pioneering and collaborative partnerships
In his Resiliency Introduction Presentation he provided more details about why a plan is helpful and what elements are included.
His students have completed resiliency plans in other communities including:
- Northridge Resilience Plan: https://mycsun.box.com/s/tpa2zfz13o6joi3wnmjm6iurldklbhqt
- Chatsworth Resilience Plan: https://mycsun.box.com/s/6mc2u3345sd8fx5jvld4awd00ty0mrxf
- Pacoima Resilience Plan: https://mycsun.box.com/s/1nd4kxbh5z05gp0yl2kb10m2z8775159
The next steps we can expect to see in the coming months are a community event, interviews and survey to define resiliency indicators in North Hills West. The North Hills West Neighborhood Council was interested to hear about this effort as we have had a history of promoting emergency preparedness and this effort dovetails nicely. “We’d rather plan ahead preparing for the worst, hope for the best, knowing that what we can reasonably expect will be something between best-case and worst-case scenarios,” shares NHWNC President Carol Hart. We are excited to see what recommendations come forward and how we can support them going forward.