California Government Code

Sec. § 8877.5

Each city, county, or other local subdivision of the state, in conjunction with planning activities authorized under Article 5 (commencing with Section 65300) of Chapter 3 of Division 1 of Title 7 and Article 10 (commencing with Section 8610) of Chapter 7 of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, may prepare, prior to a disaster, plans and ordinances facilitating the expeditious and orderly recovery and reconstruction of the area under its jurisdiction, should a disaster occur. These plans and ordinances may include any of the following:


An evaluation of the vulnerability of specific areas under its jurisdiction to damage from a potential disaster, together with streamlined procedures for the appropriate modification of existing general plans or zoning ordinances affecting those areas after a disaster.


A contingency plan of action and organization for short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction to be instituted after a disaster.


An ordinance, to be adopted prior to the disaster, which could be invoked as soon as possible after the event and which would provide necessary local authorization for activities designated under subdivisions (a) and (b).
These plans and ordinances may include the authority and proposed organization for establishment of a local reconstruction authority with powers parallel to those of a community redevelopment agency, except that the reconstruction authority would be authorized to operate beyond the confines of designated redevelopment areas and would have financing sources other than tax increment sources.
The plans and organizational arrangements may be made separately or jointly by formal cooperative arrangements with other local entities.

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