Tsunami Land Use Guide – provides a path for communities to address tsunami risk through tailored land use planning. The Guide includes:
- Sample comprehensive plan policies (for Goals 7, 11, 12, and 14)
- Model code for a Tsunami Hazard Overlay Zone (THOZ) – tailorable to meet a community's risk tolerance
- Steps to develop a Tsunami Evacuation Facilities Improvement Plan (TEFIP)
- Financing and incentive concepts (such as how to finance evacuation improvements)
How to Implement Goal 7: Areas Subject to Natural Hazards – fact sheet about the post-acknowledgement plan amendment process a community can use to integrate new natural hazard data in their land use program.
Tsunami building code standards – As a result of the 2021 Legislative Session, there are now building code requirements for certain types of critical and essential facilities that are built within the tsunami inundation zone (as
mapped by the American Society of Civil Engineers). These rules are different, but related, to any tsunami land use regulations in a local community.
Examples from Oregon Communities
Use the good work of others! Communities listed from north to south below have partnered with DLCD in tsunami resilience planning. Below is a selection of plans, maps, fact sheets, notices, and other resources, which may be useful to you or your community. Many communities, businesses, and organizations on the Oregon coast are working to prepare for a CSZ earthquake and tsunami. What is listed below is focused on land use planning work done with DLCD through two federally funded grants.
Transportation System Plan, which includes tsunami evacuation routes and tsunami evacuation improvement projects.
Gearhart Tsunami Exposure Snapshot
Tsunami Resilience Project Case Study
Open House Posters &
THOZ Fact Sheet
Tsunami Evacuation Facilities Improvement Plan &
Rockaway Beach Tsunami Exposure Snapshot
Comprehensive Plan Policies
Community survey about evacuation signs and blue lines
Staff Memo to City Council about tsunami project
Lincoln City Tsunami Exposure Snapshot
Beach Access Resilience Report
Comp Plan Policies & THOZ
Newport Tsunami Exposure Snapshot
TEFIP – the City incorporated and adopted this into their Transportation System Plan
Day of Action Press Release
Landowner Notification Notice (Measure 56)
Evacuation Route Map
Port Orford Tsunami Exposure Snapshot
Earthquake and Tsunami Community Disaster Cache Planning Guide
Many of the coastal communities doing this work received a technical assistance grant from OCMP.
Click here for more information about our coastal planning grant program.
Funding for this important work was made possible through grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)
Office for Coastal Management and
National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program.
Learn more about earthquake and tsunami hazards.
Learn more about natural hazard mitigation planning.