Lessons in planning and design highlighted at Backyards & Beyond conference

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Oct 22, 2015

This morning, Leigh Kane, senior planner from Horry County, South Carolina and Drake Carroll from the South Carolina Forestry Commission talked to an almost full room of Backyards & Beyond conference attendees about the number of devastating wildfires that have impacted their state, and how the growing population in South Carolina's wildland/urban interface have created continued challenges in keeping residents safer from wildfire.


Their talk, Lessons Learned in Planning and Design, provided a backdrop to the challenges, then demonstrated how experience and collaboration between agencies like Horry County Planning and Zoning, Horry County Fire and Rescue, and the South Carolina Forestry Commission, brought the parties together to create solutions like planning fire adapted communities and increasing the number of Firewise communities following wildfires. As a planner's role increases and plays a crucial role in the development of safer communities, collaborating from the top down with  state, local and federal agencies and really addressing  the local situation is imperative, and we will be able to see direct, positive influence on wildfire vulnerability and emergency response capabilities in the neighborhoods where we live.