Safe Growth Audits: Measuring Resilience of Oregon's Coastal Communities
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Resiliency is an ability of a system to deal with change and continue to develop. Resilient communities have a high capacity to absorb and recover quickly from disruptions and events such as natural hazards. Oregon’s coastal communities are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards that include; coastal erosion and sea level rise, drought, earthquake and tsunami, flood, landslide, wildfire, windstorm, and winter storm. Integration of natural hazard mitigation into local plans, policies, and programs increase resiliency by improving redundancy, foster complex adaptive systems of thinking, and encouraging learning. This project evaluates how well Oregon’s coastal cities of Bandon, Florence, Depoe Bay, Gold Beach, Tillamook, and Warrenton increase resiliency. Application of a safe growth audit tool evaluates integration of natural hazard planning elements into local comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, capital improvement plans and infrastructure policies, and small area and economic development plans.