Sample Wildfire Hazard Zoning

May 17th, 2023

Certain areas of Michigan are prone to forest fires. Some communities have zoning provisions concerning various measures to protect homes and other buildings from being as likely to burn down during a wildfire. This Land Use Series presents four sample approaches to incorporate wildfire prevention into a zoning ordinance. The four approaches are presented that range from educating property owners in wildfire hazard areas to regulating property access, landscaping, and building materials. The range of approaches is presented for local governments to select the most appropriate option, based on local conditions and circumstances. In total, the four approaches are intended to allow any community with wildfire risk to incorporate ‘firewise’ principles in the zoning ordinance.

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