This past February, the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association approved the formation of a new Division titled Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning (HMDR). Read more about the division and the interest group behind the initiative.

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CHC Director Dr. Gavin Smith will lead a Community Planning Assistance Team in Lyons, Colorado. Lyons lies about 12 miles north of Boulder. The unforgettable floods of September 2013 caused severe destruction to the town, and Lyons remains drastically affected. The CPAT led by Dr. Smith will provide technical assistance to Lyons as it thinks through the difficult decisions it faces on how to redevelop.