Reducing Colorado's Risk to Geologic and Soil Hazards

APA Colorado Chapter


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
noon - 1 p.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 webinar will provide planners the opportunity to learn about geologic and soil hazard mitigation in Colorado, services available for local planners, and the Colorado Geological Survey’s Land Use Review Program and process. Participants will also hear from a local government case study about efforts to plan for geologic risk, including, the development and adoption of a recent landslide ordinance. Participants will also hear from the city of Colorado Springs about their efforts to plan for geological risk, including the development and adoption of their recent land slide ordinance.


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.

4. Real life challenges and hazard labilities that planners and developers need to be aware of, especially between buyers and sellers.

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)

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Jill Carlson

Invited Speaker


Logan Sand

Invited Speaker

Logan Sand is a Recovery and Resilience Planner with the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government - Community Development Office. Logan provides technical assistance and guidance on strategic recovery, risk reduction and hazard mitigation, and integrated land use planning to Colorado communities. Logan leads several Planning ... Read More

Peter Wysocki, AICP

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