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Planning for Community Resilience

Community Resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and/or recover from adverse situations. Communities that are resilient are able to learn from adversity and adapt quickly to change. 


Working through our Planning for Resilient Communities planning initiative, LIAA (with assistance from the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Association of Planning, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan) is working to foster and support community-wide planning efforts that lead to the adoption of resilient policies and plans that support and build resilience to economic and environmental challenges.

Most of the funding for this cooperative planning project is being provided by the Kresge Foundation and Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. As a result, LIAA has considerable expertise is helping to establish resilient policies and programs in coastal communities. To that end, LIAA can provide a number of unique planning and technical support services, including: 

  • Regional Climate Trends and Region-Specific Climate Predictions;
  • Adaptation Strategies to Protect Public Health, Economic Viability and Infrastructure;
    Understanding of shoreline dynamics and shoreline processes; and
  • Community Vulnerability Assessments;

Please visit our Resilient Michigan to learn more about the Planning for Resilient Communities Program and our participating communities. 

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