Planning for Hazards Implementation Project

The Planning for Hazards Implementation Project was initiated by the Department of Local Affairs' (DOLA) Division of Local Government to demonstrate how communities can use land use strategies to reduce the risk of damage or destruction due to hazards such as floods and wildfires. 

The Town of Milliken and City of Manitou Springs, Colorado were selected as pilot communities for this project as both communities were severely affected by the federally declared flood disaster of 2013, and both offer unique opportunities to implement planning best practices.

This project will result in the development and distribution of workbooks for facilitators and participants that can guide any community.


Planning for Hazards Guide

In spring of 2016, the DOLA's Division of Local Government launched the Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado guide and website to help disaster-impacted communities in their long-term recovery efforts. It includes information on how to conduct a hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA) and identifies over 20 land use strategies in six categories as well as a wealth of other information specific to Colorado communities. The Planning for Hazards Implementation Project will build off work completed through the development of the guide and website.

For more information, please visit the Planning for Hazards website.


Program Contacts

Waverly Klaw, Hazards and Land Use Planner
Division of Local Government, Community Development Office
(303) 864-8431

Tim Katers, AICP, CDBG-DR Resilience Planning Program Manager
Department of Local Affairs, Community Development Office