Reducing Colorado Communities’ Risk to Geologic Hazards

APA Colorado Chapter


Friday, October 6, 2017
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. MDT

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Geologic hazards impact many Colorado communities, but are you planning for this type of hazard? How do you assess and mitigate your community’s risk to hazards like landslides, rock falls, and debris flows? What land use tools and resources are available to planners looking to take action? This session will provide planners the opportunity to learn about geologic hazard mitigation in Colorado, services available for local planners, and the Colorado Geological Survey’s Land Use Review Program and process. 

Learning Objectives

1. Geologic risks in Colorado and their relationships to other hazards and a shifting climate.

2. Land use planning tools and expert services that are available to local planners for mitigating geologic risks.

3. Different approaches and processes to engage your community in building resilience and integrating geologic hazards into planning.


1.    Introduction to Geologic Hazards and Land Use Planning Tools (15 mins)

a.    Growth and development pressures in Colorado - in geologically hazardous areas

b.    Why geologic hazards and climate matter to community resilience

c.     Overview of the Planning of Hazards guide tools, approaches and strategies for mitigating geologic risks

2.    Planning for Geologic Risks (15 minutes)

a.    Geologic hazards and geotechnical constraints in Colorado

b.    Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) services provided to local planners (e.g., review development plans, conduct studies, collect geologic information, etc.)

c.     Steps for planners to assess geologic risk

d.    Colorado statutes for land use applications

e.    CGS Land Use Review Program and review process

3.    Colorado Case Study (15 minutes)

a.    Learn how a Colorado county or municipality has integrated geologic hazards into local planning processes

Questions and Answers between panelists and attendees (15 minutes)

CM Criteria:

This session will focus on a specific hazards and land use planning topic, thereby meeting a planning-related objective. The purpose and objective of this session is to educate planners about public hazards and land use planning tools to address geologic risk in an unbiased and non-promotional manner. Attendees will learn from a Colorado case study about how to integrate geologic risks into planning approaches and processes. The intended outcome is that planners will understand how to build community resilience by using hazard mitigation and land use planning tools, with a focus on geologic hazards.



Logan Sand

Invited Speaker

Logan Sand is a Recovery and Resilience Planner for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government. Logan provides technical assistance and guidance on strategic recovery, urban and rural resilience, hazard mitigation/adaptation, and integrated land use planning to Colorado communities. Logan works with local governments statewide to ... Read More

Karen Berry, AICP

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Jill Carlson

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