Planning for the Unexpected: Land-Use Development and Risk

PAS Report 531

By Laurie Johnson, FAICP, Laura Samant, Suzanne Frew

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Typical plans include only about half of the elements necessary for a safe, hazard-resistant community. How does your plan stack up? Does it manage environmental, capital, economic, social, and institutional risks? Can it adapt to emerging risks?

This report describes the tools planners have to identify and manage risks related to land use.

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March 30, 2005
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Table of Contents

1. Assessing Risk in Land-Use Planning
Defining Risk • Risk Types • Other Risk Characteristics • Risk and Land-Use Decisions

2. A Risk Management Framework
What Is Risk Management • How Risk Is Managed

3. Examining Four Programs to Manage Risks
Disaster-Resistant Berkeley: Uniting Disaster Management with Planning in California
Palm Beach County: The Front Lines for Florida's Ongoing Growth Management Efforts
Calvert County, Maryland: Reacting to Smart Growth Incentives
Saint Paul, Minnesota: Regional Tax-Base Sharing

Chapter 4. Putting It All Together: Establishing a Risk-Management-Based Approach to Planning in Your Community
Why Local Implementation Is Best • Using the Land-Use Planning Framework for Implementation • Planners Are Ideally Situated to Do Risk Management • Planners Also Need to Seek Collaboration and Support • Growing Awareness of Risk-Based Planning

Appendix A. List of References and Bibliography