Molly Mowery, AICP, Executive Director, Community Wildfire Planning Center
Ben Tisdel, County Commissioner, Ouray County
Eric Lovgren, Community Mitigation Manager, Eagle County
Ashley Whitworth, Wildfire Mitigation Program Administrator, Colorado Springs Fire Department
Community Wildfire Planning Center (CWPC)
Fire Adapted Colorado (FACO)
APA Colorado Chapter
Codes and regulations targeting the wildland-urban interface (WUI) can address a range of building, land use, and life safety topics, such as ignition-resistant construction materials, minimum fire protection standards for ingress, egress, and water supply, and landscaping or defensible space standards. Colorado does not have a statewide minimum code that requires local jurisdictions to adopt minimum regulations for structures or other development in wildfire-prone areas. As a result, jurisdictions have significant latitude, both statutorily and through broad “Home Rule” powers, to plan for and regulate the use and development of land under their jurisdiction, including the WUI.
This webinar highlights three communities in Colorado—the City of Colorado Springs, Eagle County, and Ouray County—and their successful approaches to local adoption of wildfire regulations. Attendees will learn about why wildfire regulations are an important tool for addressing risk in the WUI and how each community administers WUI regulations. Speakers will also share insights and perspectives on successful ingredients for adoption and enforcement, including how regulations can be complemented by other WUI mitigation activities.