WUI Planning Best Practice Case Study: City of Malibu Landscape Water Conservation and Fire Protection Ordinance



California Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Community Wildfire Planning Center




This case study showcases how the community of Carlsbad quickly took action to adopt a fire-resistant landscape ordinance following a wildfire. The local ordinance also highlights different natural resource and fire experts working with residents to create science-based wildfire mitigation strategies that navigate other complex planning requirements, such as the Local Coastal Program. Finally, this case study exemplifies equitable approaches to the recovery process by offering permitting assistance options to homeowners to ensure they were not impacted financially by the new ordinance. This case study is part of a series of Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Planning Best Practices developed by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to complement the "Wildland Urban Interface Planning Guide: Examples and Best Practices for California Communities" (OPR, 2022). Each case study focuses on a specific planning tool (or set of tools) that a community is utilizing to reduce risk and build resilience to wildfire across the state of California. A WUI planning best practice is a practice or procedure that has been shown by research, experience, and evaluation to produce optimal results for addressing risk factors in the wildland-urban interface. WUI planning best practices offer opportunities for learning and may be suitable for adoption and implementation in other communities.

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Phase 3: Define Adaptation Framework and Strategies Phase 4: Implement, Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust

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Extent: Malibu


Last updated: Jan. 27, 2023