Last week, Cathy Prudhomme and I had the opportunity to participate in the 38th Annual Natural Hazards Research & Applications Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado. Among several days of stimulating conversations and discussions, Cathy was on a panel with other participants to talk with the American Planning Association's (APA's) Jim Schwab about recovery from wildfire disasters. Jim is the manager of the APA Hazards Planning Research Center and has collaborated with NFPA and others on the land use and community planning aspects of wildfire for many years.
Check out the video on APA's Recovery News blog or simply click below to hear what Cathy and her fellow panelists (Don Elliott from Clarion Associates and Tim Gelston from the Region 8 office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)) have to say on this timely and important topic.
A few of the references you'll hear discussed are available online. These include a video and report on last year's Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs; a study on wildfire and local regulations commissioned by NFPA and undertaken by Clarion Associates; standards on development in wildfire hazard areas; and guidance on subdivision covenants and restrictions.