Limiting Wildfire Risk Through Land-Use Controls

Zoning Practice — May 2012

By Molly Mowery, AICP, Paul Anthony, AICP



This article provides an overview of land-use tools planners can use to minimize wildfire risk in their communities.


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May 1, 2012
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About the Authors

Molly Mowery, AICP
Molly Mowery, AICP is owner of Wildfire Planning International, a consulting practice specialized in helping communities increase their resilience to wildfire. She has over fifteen years of experience working on environmental planning and wildland-urban interface issues. Current projects include managing the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program. Molly serves as a director for the non-profit Community Wildfire Planning Center and is a member of the Sustainable Development Code Advisory Council. She recently created the first national Land Use Planning for Wildfire course for FEMA. Molly holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Paul Anthony, AICP
Paul Anthony is a Principal Planner with the Town of Jackson WY. He has over 20 years of diverse land use experience in local government, private consulting, and nonprofits. He has helped communities throughout the West adopt new zoning codes with a focus on sustainability, land use law, urban design, and public engagement.  Mr. Anthony has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.