|Title||Protecting people and property: the influence of land-use planners on flood hazard mitigation in New Urbanist developments|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||Stevens, M, Berke, PR, Song, Y|
|Journal||Journal of environmental planning and management|
|Keywords||land-use planning, Natural hazard mitigation, New Urbanism, planners' roles, planners' values, public participation|
Research suggests that characteristics of local government land-use planners help determine the priority that local communities place on flood hazard mitigation. However, research has not examined the significance of land-use planners' values and role orientations for flood hazard mitigation. Multiple regression analysis is used to examine the influence that land-use planners' values and role orientations have on flood hazard mitigation in a national sample of New Urbanist development projects. Findings indicate that land-use planners' values and role orientations have significant implications for flood hazard mitigation in these projects. The paper recommends that local governments adopt a land-use planning approach to flood hazard mitigation that relies on land-use planners to help direct development away from hazardous portions of development sites.