"Wild Card" Issues

Control Future WUI Development

In the West, 84% of the WUI is yet undeveloped, the housing market has picked up once more, and with climate change as an accelerator, there is an urgent need to find solutions that impact the pattern, scale, and pace of future development in the WUI. It will be difficult to control the rising costs, damages, and dangers related to home development in the WUI unless there are negative financial consequences for private land management decisions that increase risk and direct positive financial rewards for decisions that reduce risk.

 

We need ideas for how to control future WUI development. These can be better local land use planning (e.g., full disclosure of risk to potential home buyers, more assistance for land use panning); administrative solutions (e.g., shifting cost responsibility more to the local level); and legislative.

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Idea No. 15