Dear Management Doctor:
Occasionally I'm surprised to find jurisdictions across the country that have yet to adopt minimum standards for protection of life and property, particularly when hazards seem evident. While most of your readers are likely working for jurisdictions that have adopted and enforced zoning and building codes, I thought that some may still find this of interest. At the very least, it bolsters the argument for implementable plans, policies, and codes that consider health and safety. Perhaps too, these findings would help when "rightsizing" is being considered during the economic correction.
Note in particular the finding:
"(T)he U.S. is at risk when it retreats from proven mitigation tools contained in current code and when code enforcement capability and professional development is under-funded."Source: media.iccsafe.org
Dear Earthquake Concerned,
I certainly agree with your concerns. I am reminded of something out of my career, way back in the late 60's. I discussed it in Chapter 49 of my book, What Your Planning Professor Forgot to Tell You. Here it is:
Marin County is home to the San Andreas fault. After the Planning Commission approved plans for a brick church with a brick steeple sitting directly on top of the fault, we decided another approach might be called for.LESSON 49
Sometimes it's better not to ask.
The Management Doctor