Limiting Wildfire Risk Through Land-Use Controls

Zoning Practice — May 2012

By Molly Mowery, AICP, Paul Anthony, AICP



This article provides an overview of land-use tools planners can use to minimize wildfire risk in their communities.


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May 1, 2012
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American Planning Association

About the Authors

Molly Mowery, AICP
Molly Mowery, AICP has dedicated her career to helping communities tackle the growing challenges of land use planning, wildfire, and environmental resilience. With nearly twenty years of experience, Ms. Mowery delivers technical expertise, facilitates collaborative partnerships, manages multi-disciplinary teams, and delivers trainings across the U.S. and Canada. In 2013, she founded her own consulting firm, Wildfire Planning International, which offers wildfire planning assistance to local, state, and federal government agencies. She also co-founded and serves as the Executive Director for the Community Wildfire Planning Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to support community wildfire risk reduction. Ms. Mowery is a member of the American Planning Association, serves on the Sustainable Development Code Advisory Council, and is lead author of Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Report 594: Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Naropa University and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Paul Anthony, AICP
Paul Anthony is a Principal Planner with the Town of Jackson WY. He has over 20 years of diverse land use experience in local government, private consulting, and nonprofits. He has helped communities throughout the West adopt new zoning codes with a focus on sustainability, land use law, urban design, and public engagement.  Mr. Anthony has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.