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Recovery from economic, natural, and health-related disasters is a long-term process that must start from immediate community action. This section explores strategies and ideas for recovery from disasters.
Recovery from economic, natural, and health-related disasters is a long-term process that must start from immediate community action. Many disasters, such as a pandemic, are disasters that ignore political boundaries and regional collaborative approaches are necessary. Yet the changes needed to move toward recovery happen fastest at the local level. This section explores strategies and ideas for recovery from disasters.
When communities take the time to formalizing the current recovery efforts into plans, policies, and partnerships, a community becomes more economically resilient to future shocks and stresses. Resilience strategies are a mixture of proven best practices and creative improvisation. RRC will expand these strategies and ideas with additional precedents, particularly as the COVID-19 crisis evolves in Michigan.
These immediate strategies and ideas are organized by RRC’s Six Best Practices. We’ve broadened the Best Practice categories to include ideas outside of redevelopment.
Strategies by Best Practice
Best Practice 1
Best Practice 1 (Plans and Public Outreach) evaluates community planning and how a community’s redevelopment vision is embedded in the master plan, capital improvements plan, downtown plan and corridor plan.
Best Practice 2
Best Practice 2 (Zoning) considers a community’s zoning ordinance and its other police powers, and how the community utilizes the right-of-way.
Best Practice 3
Best Practice 3 (Development Review) evaluates the community’s development review policies and procedures, project tracking and internal/external communication.
Best Practice 4
Best Practice 4 (Recruitment, Training and Communication) evaluates how a community conducts recruitment and orientation for newly appointed or elected officials and board members. It also evaluates the community's approach to training and communication between key boards and staff.
Best Practice 5
Best Practice 5 (Community Prosperity) assesses what goals and actions a community has identified to assist in strengthening its overall economic health. This best practice also includes an assessment of a community's marketing strategy and website. For this site, we have expanded the Best Practice to include municipal programming.
Best Practice 6
Best Practice 6 (Redevelopment Ready Sites) assesses how a community identifies, visions for and markets priority redevelopment sites. A redevelopment ready site is a site targeted by the community and ready for investment. For this site, we have expanded the Best Practice to include municipal investment in infrastructure.