Planning for Natural Disasters: A Case Study in Northern Utah
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During the last two decades Utahs Mountainland Association of Governments MAG region has seen rapid growth and development. Maintenance of public health, welfare, and safety has become a priority for local and county governments. The purpose of this study was to develop criteria for and locate landscape features that could affect human health or valuable structures. The model created seeks to maximize human health by giving planners information on which areas may harm water quality and quantity, may cause structural damage, and may pose a threat to safety. The landscape features included in the model are avalanche and steep slopes, earthquake fault lines, mudslide areas, shallow groundwater, high shrink and swell soils, flood plains, and areas with high wildfire danger. The MAG region is an area that represents other rapidly growing areas of the county. While it may not have the same natural hazards as other areas, the public health, welfare, and safety model presented could easily be used in other areas where planners want to emphasize natural disaster mitigation.
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