Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Redevelopment and Reuse Strategies


Step 1: Discuss potential redevelopment priorities with community and economic development stakeholders prior to a disaster

This allows the community to devote time and resources to gathering input around sensitive topics such as land use and property redevelopment.

Step 1a: Hold discussions about land use and rebuilding in environmentally sensitive areas

Polk County, Fla., participated in a pilot project to develop a post-disaster redevelopment plan before a disaster impacted the community. The goal was to make smarter decisions to protect and improve the community’s economic base while increasing disaster resiliency.

The plan was divided into multiple topics (land use, economic development, housing, etc.) and recommended policies, operational strategies and roles and responsibilities for stakeholders to guide decisions for long-term recovery. Different redevelopment scenarios were discussed among stakeholders to work through plausible futures and to foster awareness in the community. More guidance is available for engaging in pre-disaster planning efforts.

Step 1b: Identify sources of capital for redevelopment

Sources of capital for redevelopment projects should be identified well before a disaster occurs. Federal and state funding can take time to administer, which is why private and nonprofit dollars should be leveraged when possible.

Step 2: The community should hold discussions around improving building codes and using improved building materials to build more resilient communities

Community and business leaders should consider both disaster resiliency as well as energy efficiency in these conversations. Improved building codes are likely to increase the cost of construction, which can meet with some resistance from the business community. Still, the community should work through the costs and benefits of building more resiliently so that informed decisions can be made on tough issues.

 

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