Incorporating environmental hazards mitigation into local land use planning

Zhenghong Tang

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Land use and land use planning have profound implications for environmental hazards mitigation. Local land use planning is well suited to play a critical role in addressing environmental hazards by appropriately mitigating significant impacts of land use development at the local level. Although many previous studies have focused on environmental hazards mitigation, little research has been conducted to determine how to convert the concept of sustainable disaster-resistant community into local land use planning tools and empirically integrate the strategies into local land use planning. In recognition of this gap in the current research, this study proposes a proactive model to empirically examine local land use planning capacity for mitigating environmental hazards. This study will extend the key concepts of disaster-resistant community by converting them into specific plan components to increase understanding of how and where to incorporate environmental hazards mitigation into local land use planning and decision-making. It also examines the degree to which local jurisdictions have adequately addressed environmental hazards mitigation in their land use planning. This study has selected local jurisdictions in California to conduct a case study. The findings of this study will provide important information for decision makers interested in mitigating environmental hazards in local communities and improving local environmental quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook on Environmental Quality
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781617285158
ISBN (Print)9781607414209
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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