Philadelphia, PA - Virtual Advisory Services Panel
The DRWC asked Advisory Services to provide recommendations and best practices for the development of the finger piers along the Delaware.
At the invitation of the Sonoma Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA), a volunteer team of ULI members convened virtually in April 2021 to develop recommendations to enhance wildfire, energy, and economic resilience in Sonoma County, California.
Date: April 14-21, 2021
Location: Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa, CA
Sponsor: Sonoma Regional Climate Protection Authority
Subject Area: Wildfire, Energy, and Economic Resilience
Panel Chair: Molly McCabe, HaydenTanner, Bigfork, Montana
Wildfires are an increasing concern across California. The average fire season has increased by 78 days over the last 40 years, with “fire season” taking up most of the year in some parts of the state. More than 25 million acres of California wildlands are classified under very high or extreme fire threat, and approximately 25 percent of the state’s population—11 million people—lives in that high-risk area. Development patterns are also exacerbating the problem. The number of homes in the wildland urban interface (WUI) has increased by about 70% since 1960.
Sonoma County was directly impacted by wildfires in 2017, 2019, and 2020, in addition to experiencing significant stress and decreased air quality due to smoke from nearby wildfires in 2018. Further, County residents have experienced multi-day de-energizations through PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in an effort to prevent wildfires from sparking in high-hazard conditions.
While the threat of wildfires is impacting quality of life and energy grid reliability, the County and its nine cities are striving to meet state and local climate mitigation goals. RCPA invited the ULI Panel as part of its efforts to create a comprehensive strategy to plan, fund, and implement effective responses to these increased risks.
Questions for the Panel
Selected Key Recommendations
The ULI panel delivered recommendations in the areas of land use and development for wildfire resilience; housing access; energy and economic resilience; and equitable governance and partnerships. For a full list of key recommendations, please see the panel’s presentation of recommendations via the above link.