In Session 4 of the "Wildfires – How to Preserve and Protect Housing" work group, speakers discussed how density can be added to our communities while also adding protection to homes and neighborhoods. Presentations outlined the current best practices and approaches for integrating wildfire dynamics into land use planning; and updates were provided by CAL FIRE and the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) regarding current initiatives that will provide new guidance, tools and resources for local agencies in 2022.
Workshop discussion focused on three specific wildfire and housing challenges in the Bay Area:
- How can homes with minimal setbacks be made more resilient for a fire adapted environment?
- How can cities provide access for fire apparatus and reduce congestion to accelerate actual evacuation times in an emergency?
- How can communities take action together on wildfire adaptation?
- Introduction (video 00:00-5:10, slides 1-6)
- Molly Mowery, Executive Director, Community Wildfire Planning Center: Outlined the current best practices and approaches for integrating wildfire dynamics into land use planning. (video 5:10-32:22, slides 7-54)
- Matt Damon, CAL FIRE and Beth Hotchkiss, OPR: Regarding new resources, guidance and tools coming in 2022. (video 32:22-57:47, slides 55-57)
- Setbacks Challenge #1: Outline of issues, breakout sessions (not recorded), reporting out, and questions/discussion. (video 57:47-1:14:08, slides 58-63)
- Evacuations Challenge #2: Outline of issues, breakout sessions (not recorded), reporting out, and questions/discussion. (video 1:14:08-1:29:22, slides 64-70)
- Community Scale Action Challenge #3: Outline of issues and questions/discussion. (video 1:29:22-1:46:25, slides 71-74)
With numerous new state laws affecting wildfire planning, mitigation and evacuations, California state agencies are responding to new requirements with updated regulations, advisory guides and programs. This Resource Guide compiles the key initiatives and resources coming in 2022 that will help Bay Area agencies.
The guide offers sample policies and programs to address common wildfire and housing challenges in the Bay Area. Jurisdictions are encouraged to edit sample policies for use in their communities and reference linked resources to strengthen policy and program development.