Date of Award
Urban and Regional Planning
Planning and Urban Studies
Recovery from a natural disaster is difficult, expensive, and can take ten years or more. Many contend that recovery planning can be ordered, knowable, and predictable and that the destruction of buildings and displacement of the population provide an opportunity to build back better. This thesis examines the complexity of recovery through the lens of land use planning. Land use planning serves as the central focus because land provides an individual or family their livelihood and its use underlies the economy. The thesis considers two planning models -- rational comprehensive and incremental. The thesis concludes that incremental planning is more appropriate for recovery planning, but that even during recovery the community needs post recovery goals and objectives to provide context to their day-to-day decisions. A more comprehensive planning process is better suited for developing and articulating post recovery goals and objectives.
Lundin, Walter E., "Land Use Planning after a Natural Disaster" (2011). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1386.