Doing Buyouts in Clusters

“Clustering” land buyouts could improve flood resiliency after Hurricane Harvey

From a study done by the Nature Conservancy: A new study analyzes flood loss claims and estimates from over 74,000 properties impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Houston’s Harris County. The study finds that a strategic land buyout approach that prioritizes the purchase of land parcels in ‘clusters,’ as well as proximity to existing open space, is just as cost-effective as the traditional, piecemeal approach but with major added ecological and social benefits.

Here is the direct link to the Nature Conservancy’s 8-page report.

2 thoughts on “Doing Buyouts in Clusters

  1. See the NPR story today on FEMA $$ going to whites vs. minorities. Example is on mitigation.

    I have a blog posting done on it, but not up yet.

    Eric E. Holdeman
    Principal
    Eric Holdeman & Associates

  2. I would imagine that this is also much more palatable to taxpayers when it is framed as the expansion of an existing green space/flood plain instead of having isolated plots of empty land.

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