Integrating Resilience into Existing Plans
Community planning, land use, and annual community investments are potent and effective methods for building long-term resilience. For example, the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that approximately $139 million in flood losses were avoided during the 2013 floods due to local land use policies requiring freeboard above the Base Flood Elevation. Fortunately not every community impacted by the floods experienced a 100-year event, but studies of Colorado’s flood risk and vulnerability show that had the 100-year flood event occurred throughout all of Larimer, Boulder, and Weld counties, those land use policies would have avoided $1.7 billion in damages.
There are many potential methods for integrating resiliency into every-day community planning, land use and investment practices. One is to create and implement a local resiliency framework; another might be to educate and engage with the public to build knowledge and develop common priorities. Yet another method is to integrate resiliency into a community's or organization’s every-day business, including plans and policies. This section provides an overview of opportunities to incorporate resiliency into the following types of plans and policies:
- Hazard mitigation plans
- Land use practices
- Comprehensive plans
- Capital improvement plans