Gather a dozen or so people for ideas on managing mountainside development, and they're likely to come up with a dozen or so different ideas.
The Land-of-Sky Regional Council found out as much as a group of government planners, builders and landowners met for the second of five meetings on the issue.
State legislators and local governments have been wrestling with ideas for steep-slope development rules under pressure from the rapid pace at which builders are putting up homes on mountainsides...
Yesterday, in Part 1 of this series, I wrote about the consequences of ill-considered development and what that could mean in terms of the fiduciary responsibility of the REALTOR®. An example: Take a look at the photo to your left, courtesy of the NC Geological Survey One of the consequences of ill-considered development could be increased risk of landslides. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, This holds true no matter where you live.
"Landslides constitute a major geologic hazard because they are widespread, occur in all 50 states and U.S. territories, and cause $1-2 billion in damages and more than 25 fatalities on average each year. Expansion of urban and recreational developments into hillside areas leads to more people that are threatened by landslides each year. Landslides commonly occur in connection with other major natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, wildfires, and floods...."
Recent Landslides in the News
U.S. and Canada
•· Falling Boulder Crashes into Home, Eldorado Springs, Colorado (posted 05/03/2007)
•· Landslide Blocks Interstate 29 in Iowa (posted 04/26/2007)
•· Landslide in Kodiak, Alaska (posted 04/25/2007)
•· Fatal Mill Valley, California Landslide - One Year Later (posted 04/13/2007)
•· Homes Evacuated - Mission, British Columbia, Canada Landslide (posted 04/13/2007)
•· Landslide Threatens Buildings in Streator, Illinois (posted 04/03/2007)
•· Oregon Landslide of March 29, 2007 Caught on Video (posted 04/02/2007)
•· Slide blocks access to Mount St. Helens visitor centers (posted 03/28/2007)
•· Astoria, Oregon Landslide On the Move (posted 03/15/2007)
•· Landslide Closes Road Between Sacramento, California and South Lake Tahoe (posted 03/01/2007)
•· Landslide Causes Train Derailment in Pennsylvania (posted 01/08/2007)
•· Heavy Rainfall Causes Flooding, Landslides in New York (posted 11/17/2006)
•· Utah Debris Flow Forces Evacuations (posted 04/10/2006)
The photo above,s courtesy of the NC Geological Survey. shows the result of a rock slide the Fire Department in Buncombe County (Asheville, N.C.) dealt with not long ago .According to the team, this slide " caused severe damage [and] ...Water infiltrating along these planes probably triggered the rockslide."
In another article I wrote..."In the past two years, 120+ landslides occurred in western North Carolina [alone], claiming five lives and destroying 27 homes.
Given such in-your-face stats, I've been wondering about what's happening in the other States, and venturing on over to the U.S. Geological Survey for more resource info.I found In Your Backyard and went a little deeper to find real-time information ...
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