Protecting people and property: the influence of land-use planners on flood hazard mitigation in New Urbanist developments

TitleProtecting people and property: the influence of land-use planners on flood hazard mitigation in New Urbanist developments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsStevens, M, Berke, PR, Song, Y
JournalJournal of environmental planning and management
Volume51
Pagination737–757
Keywordsland-use planning, Natural hazard mitigation, New Urbanism, planners' roles, planners' values, public participation
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1080/09640560802423525