Following the adoption of the Colorado Resiliency Framework in 2015, a pilot local resiliency planning process was initiated in three of the most disaster-impacted counties -- Boulder, Larimer and El Paso -- which will serve as a springboard for resiliency planning throughout the state.
The counties’ ultimate goal is to leverage their planning efforts and formulate a cohesive, strategic roadmap for resiliency.
Each of the counties held a series of collaborative work sessions that allowed a variety of stakeholders to provide input in order to develop a vision for resiliency, identify goals and identify sector-specific strategies and actions necessary to implement those strategies.
The planning process included participation, insight and support from a wide range of local, state and federal government agencies, as well as partners in the private and non-profit sectors.
Stakeholders who participated in the planning activity agreed that wildfire and flood recovery efforts would not be possible without a dedicated and collaborative effort from all sectors county-wide -- and that collaboration is critical to future resiliency planning and implementation.
The end result of this multi-month process was the creation of resiliency plans developed specifically for each of the three counties, driven by the communities’ respective knowledge, priorities and values. Encompassing a number of different specific proposed projects, the plans represent a call to action and seek to empower all those with a stake in resiliency to participate in making it an ongoing community priority and reality.
The timelines for finalization and adoption of the plans by Boulder, Larimer and El Paso counties are independent of each other and are moving at their own individual pace. The State of Colorado will continue to support each county in its efforts to embrace and implement resilient philosophies, practices and projects in order to build stronger and safer communities.
In addition, the State recently helped launch a comprehensive guide and website called Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado, which enables counties and municipalities to prepare for and mitigate multiple hazards by integrating resilience and hazard mitigation principals into plans, codes and standards related to land use and the built environment. The guide provides detailed, Colorado-specific information about how to assess a community's risk level to hazards and how to implement numerous land use planning tools and strategies for reducing a community's risk.