Managed Retreat

PAS QuickNotes 106

By Scarlet Andrzejczak



This edition of PAS QuickNotes is available free to all through a partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Managed retreat is an intentional, coordinated municipal effort to permanently move community members, structures, and systems away from locations that are prone to prolonged or frequent high-intensity climatic events that cause destruction beyond a community's ability to cope. Relocating people out of harm's way can be an effective adaptation approach, but the change and disruptions this causes can make managed retreat a contentious topic. Practitioners must be thorough when assessing whether managed retreat will assist their communities in mitigating the effects of climate change and carefully plan and coordinate its application.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes addresses managed retreat as a climate adaptation and risk management strategy, emphasizing the importance of community preparation, planning considerations, and funding for this process.


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June 1, 2024
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American Planning Association

About the Author

Scarlet Andrzejczak
Scarlet Andrzejczak is a Research Associate in the Department of Research & Advisory Services at American Planning Association. Her specialties and interests include hazard mitigation, habitat restoration, resilience planning, artificial intelligence, and planning for equitable community outcomes. Scarlet obtained a Master of Community Planning degree and Graduate Urban Design certificate from University of Cincinnati in 2023.