Resilience Planning Program

The CDBG-DR Resilience Planning Program has completed the expenditure of over $16,000,000 in disaster recovery funds from 2014 through October 2019. With 66 grantee contracts covering 92 completed projects, communities, coalitions and counties have responded to the declared disasters of 2012 and 2013 with a wide range of diverse projects in the areas of:

  • Municipal and County Master Plans
  • Community Planning Resources
  • River and Creek Planning and Design
  • Specialized and Targeted Plans
  • Staff and Community Resiliency Efforts

Resilience Planning Program Summary 2014-2019

Project Highlight: Big Thompson River

Planning to Implementation in Oxbows, Midway, and Rossum-Wilson

Resilience Planning Program projects often created a relationship where river and stream planning work led to successful watershed implementation projects using funds provided by the Watershed Resilience Pilot Program. On the Big Thompson River in northern Colorado, over $650,000 of Planning program funds were used to develop 30% designs in areas west of the City of Loveland that were heavily damaged by the 2013 flood. This Planning Program “seed money” was then followed by over $7,200,000 in Watershed program implementation funding and other partner agency funding to complete the construction and restoration of those same areas. These projects were completed between 2017 and late 2019.

Am I Eligible?

There are no active application cycles for the Resilience Planning Program at this time.

Disaster Declared Year Counties Affected
2013 Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides Sept. 2013 Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld
Black Forest Wildfire Summer 2013 El Paso
Royal Gorge Wildfire Summer 2013 Fremont
High Park and Waldo Canyon Wildfires Summer 2012 El Paso, Larimer, Teller




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The Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado guide and website helps communities - whether or not they have been impacted by disaster - in their planning or long-term recovery efforts. The Guide includes information on how to conduct a hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA) and identifies numerous land use tools and strategies as well as a wealth of information helpful to Colorado communities. For more information, please visit the Planning for Hazards website or click on the link to the Guide below.

Program Contact

Rebecca Ballast, CDBG-DR Administrator
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Division of Local Government, Community Development Office

Five Year Update to Colorado Resiliency Framework

The Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO) is beginning the process to update the Colorado Resiliency Framework, which was first released in 2015.The 2019 “Five-year Update to the Colorado Resiliency Framework” project scope includes: 1) updating existing conditions, risks, and vulnerabilities for the State’s six resiliency sectors, 2) developing new, strategic, and innovative cross-sector strategies, 3) developing metrics and targets to measure the short- and long-term success of resilience strategies and actions, and 4) creating and implementing an outreach process to educate and obtain stakeholder and public input and buy-in on the Framework.For more information please see the CRO webpage.