Is a landslide waiting to happen in your community? Landslides occur primarily in mountainous regions, but flatter parts of the country are not immune. Landslides often go hand-in-hand with other natural disasters such as wildfires and floods, making them an important consideration in hazard mitigation planning and comprehensive plans.
This report will help planners minimize the risk landslides pose to life and property. It offers basic knowledge of the natural and manmade factors that trigger landslides, as well as information needed to identify at-risk areas and determine whether development should be permitted there.
Landslide risks clearly affect land-use decisions, but planners must also consider how landslides might affect other elements of their comprehensive plan, including housing, transportation, and economic development.
When development is permitted in areas at risk of landslides, the best practices described here can mitigate losses, an important consideration given the lack of insurance for landslide losses. The report also explains remedial tactics for landslide areas where development already exists and regulatory tools for preventing development or ensuring the safest possible development.
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