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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    Safe Communities Act of 2005 H.R. 3524

    FYI -

    Introduced by Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (a Definite friend of Planning)

    SUMMARY AS OF: 7/28/2005--Introduced.

    Safe Communities Act of 2005 -
    Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide cost-sharing grants to states and local governments for:
    (1) development or revision of land use planning statutes, and state or local comprehensive planning documents, in those States or local governments that have not adequately incorporated strategies to mitigate natural and human-caused hazards, including terrorism;
    (2) creation or revision of state land use statutes and local comprehensive land use plans in those states or local governments that have land use statutes that incorporate risk-reduction and natural and human-caused hazard mitigation; and
    (3) development or revision of multi-state land use plans.

    Sets forth eligible grant purposes, including:
    (1) developing a comprehensive land use plan and integrating natural hazard mitigation and security plan elements into state and local comprehensive plans;
    (2) assessing, inventorying, or mapping critical public infrastructure;
    (3) developing geographical information systems;
    (4) acquiring scenario planning, or risk assessment technology;
    (5) reviewing building codes, zoning, land use regulations, and related state legislation;
    (6) implementing crime prevention through environmental design initiatives;
    (7) assessing land use risk;
    (8) incorporating mitigation and security elements in transportation plans, facilities, and operations;
    (9) encouraging interagency cooperation; particularly between first-responders and state and local planning agencies; and
    (10) identifying natural hazard areas and integrating them into comprehensive plan updates.

    Directs the Secretary to analyze comprehensive land use and community planning practices in order to reduce natural hazard and terrorism threats, including:
    (1) integration of federal facility security with local and regional plans;
    (2) examination of the impacts of security strategies, facilities, and design on a community's physical and social environment; and
    (3) integration of mapping and risk-assessment tools and strategies.

    Full text at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.3524:

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    Cyburbian JNL's avatar
    Jul 2002
    Wellington, NZ
    Very interesting, thanks JNA! Many different issues covered under the banner of 'Safe Communities' - terrorism, natural hazards, CPTED, etc.... !!!

    I see it has been referred to "the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science, and Technology". Seems an interesting choice for dealing with matters of land use planning, mitigating the threat of terrorism, personal security concerns, transportation planning, GIS systems and lots more.... How does a subcommittee work - will they bring in expert consultants? Because the amount of subject matter covered by this bill is HUGE!!!
    Last edited by JNL; 20 Oct 2005 at 11:21 PM.

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