Advancing Resilience through Community Planning


  • Learn why it's important to integrate hazard-risk reduction into local comprehensive planning.
  • Incorporate hazard mitigation into comprehensive plans, emergency operations, transportation plans, planning for climate change, and HUD's consolidated planning process.
  • Explore models, tools, and methods employed within selected pilot coastal communities to reduce hazard risk.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, AECOM, the American Planning Association, the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and the National Association of Counties to explore strategies to integrate risk-assessment and mitigation-planning resources into the larger array of community planning processes. The project had three phases. Phase One included the development of an inventory of models and tools relevant to flood risk modeling and risk reduction and the identification of relevant ""points of intervention"" within local planning processes. Phase Two included identification of an approach and demonstration of the approach and tools within the San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Brevard County, Fla. Finally, Phase Three included the development of information resources, processes, and recommendations that can be replicated by other communities beyond the two pilot communities participating in this project. Gain an overview of the project, review the key findings, and discuss the recommendations.