The County will proactively address the location of large-scale development with consideration for climate hazards such as wildfire, flooding, extreme heat, and sea level rise. Climate science allows us to identify the areas that are most at risk, including floodplains and the urban-wildland interface at the edge of developed areas.
Wildfire is an integral component of ecological processes in LA County, but it is also on the rise due to hotter temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, posing a risk to lives. LA County is already seeing longer droughts punctuated by intense rain events, which not only increases fire risk, but leads to flood vulnerability. In planning for these climate-related hazards, it is important to ensure large-scale development avoids areas prone to impacts of these events.