Florida's Community Resilience Initiative - Planning for Sea Level Rise

In January 2011, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved the Florida Coastal Management Program’s (FCMP) Section 309 Strategy, including an initiative to be conducted by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) titled, “Community Resiliency: Planning for Sea Level Rise.” This five-year initiative is examining the statewide planning framework and determining how to best integrate adaptation into the existing process as well as how to coordinate adaptation efforts across Florida.

In addition, the initiative will vet guidance by developing adaptation plans for two pilot communities. The purpose of preparing pilot plans is to evaluate planning guidance, modeling and vulnerability analysis methodologies for statewide application, determine effective modes for communicating risks, and deliver technical assistance to support adaptation to a diverse audience.

In 2012 the DEO developed the Initiative to integrate sea level rise adaptation into current planning mechanisms including the local comprehensive plan, local hazard mitigation plan and post -disaster redevelopment plan. This effort is steered by a Focus Group of statewide experts on planning for sea level rise adaptation and stakeholders in the coastal area.

First DEO will research similar efforts in other states as well as how sea level rise resiliency may be implemented at the local level. Next they will pilot adaptation planning projects in the state and then compile all lessons learned from the projects. Finally all lessons learned will be compiled and statewide outreach will be conducted and the program will be offered statewide.

The DEO has received additional funding to work with the City of Ft. Lauderdale as one of the pilot project cities to integrate "Adaptation Action Areas" into their local comprehensive plan. The results of this process will be compiled into a guidance document to assist Florida communities that choose to address AAAs in their local comprehensive plan. In addition to the proposed amendments to the City of Ft. Lauderdale Local Comprehensive Plan, the end products from this project will include various outreach materials.

These resources are to be used by the staff from the Florida DEO and its partners when providing technical assistance on addressing Adaptation Action Areas in other local comprehensive plans.


Publication Date: 2012

Related Organizations:

  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)


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Resource Types:

  • Scenario planning

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