|Title||Municipal hazard mitigation planning: a comparison of plans in British Columbia and the United States|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Stevens, M, Shoubridge, J|
|Journal||Journal of Environmental Planning and Management|
|Keywords||British Columbia, hazard mitigation plans, Natural hazards, plan quality, United States|
This paper examines the extent to which 20 municipalities in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia have included provisions in their community plans for reducing natural hazard risk and vulnerability. Findings show that the plans are generally lacking in hazard related factual information, goals, and policies, and in mechanisms to promote plan implementation. The plans also do not compare favorably to municipal hazard mitigation plans in the United States. The authors provide recommendations for provincial/state and municipal governments with respect to improving the quality of municipal plans and their capacity to enhance public safety.