In 2015, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1094, titled “Peril of Flood”. The new law, which became effective July 1, 2015, specifies new requirements for the coastal management element of a local government’s comprehensive plan related to coastal flooding and the related impacts of sea level rise. See the text of the law here

Updating Your Coastal Management Element — Nature-Based Tools for Flood Protection

Nature-based strategies can reduce flood risks to private and public property, support ecological systems, and identify additional opportunities for open space and recreation lands to address the anticipated changes in climate and sea-level rise over time.

On March 21, 2019, the TBBRP, in collaboration with grant partners Manatee County and the University of Florida Resilience Communities Initiative, held a workshop to support local governments. The workshop introduced key principles, requirements and strategies to successfully develop and/or update their Comprehensive Plan Coastal Elements.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Understand how statutory Peril of Flood provisions relate to community planning for coastal areas;
  2. Understand how nature-based strategies can augment or replace conventional engineering approaches to surge mitigation and stormwater management;
  3. develop a list of priority projects that consider climate change impacts (extreme weather, storm surge, sea level rise);
  4. evaluate community risk reduction benefits and other ecosystem services benefits for specific projects;
  5. identify local sites that are suitable for nature-based adaptation projects;
  6. identify barriers in local government plans, policies and processes that need to be updated;
  7. select different tools for different project phases or types.

March 21st- Tools for Nature-Based Protection Measures that Work

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TBRPC conducted a series of four (4) workshops in 2017 to convene local government planners, building officials, and floodplain managers, along with stakeholders from other government agencies and the private sector. Workshop participants:

  • Discussed the requirements of the Peril of Flood legislation for local government comprehensive plans
  • Identified best practices to address coastal flooding and the related impacts of sea level rise
  • Participated in knowledge sharing about strategies, principles, site development techniques, and related engineering solutions that will inform the goals, objectives, and policies to be developed by the local government for its coastal management element

Presentation slides from the event are available for download. Click the “Presentation – PDF” link next to a presentation title (below) to view that speaker’s presentation slides.

Introductory Workshop #1 – Friday, March 3, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Pinellas Park
Introductory Workshop #2 – Monday, March 27, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Southwest Florida Water Management District, Brooksville
Workshop #3 (Webinar) – Friday, March 31, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop #4 – Friday, May 5, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Pinellas Park


The 2018-2019 Peril of Flood Project is supported by a grant from the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program, in the Florida Coastal Office of DEP with funding from NOAA’s Florida Coastal Management Program. The TBRPC project focuses on addressing the requirements of the Peril of Flood legislation through a two-pronged-approach which seeks to integrate “nature-based” adaptation, and affordable housing and social resiliency.

Local governments are in the process of identifying areas that are vulnerable to coastal flooding, and can become more resilient by using environmentally-based adaptation techniques and green infrastructure projects to reduce localized flooding issues. Using environmentally-based resiliency approaches, such as restoring wetlands and re-naturalizing shorelines or preserving open spaces can provide buffering from storm surge and flood reduction benefits. Identifying vulnerable areas can, in turn, provide the data and illustrative mapping to support policies, principles, and strategies to inform comprehensive plans, especially coastal management elements and required redevelopment components to enhance future resiliency.

Integration of social vulnerability and social equity issues associated with future climate risks and certain housing segments and populations, currently lags behind knowledge of the vulnerabilities of infrastructure and the built environment. Increasing the communities’ and region’s understanding of social vulnerability and use of planning equity principles will help prevent unintended consequences from maladaptive development and redevelopment.

To support this, the project team is convening experts to discuss and develop a process and strategies that will enable local governments to integrate social vulnerability aspects and long-term impacts of low-income housing, public housing, Community Redevelopment Areas, and discuss inclusionary planning processes and collaboration with non-profit agencies and organizations that oversee a range of service delivery systems.

The Peril of Flood Project activities include:

  1. Implementing a Plan Status and Training Needs Survey
  2. Development of Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Best Practices Checklist\
  3. Technical Assistance Workshops
    • Nature Based Adaptation March 21
    • Increasing Community Resilience Manatee County Workshop, April 30
    • Integrating Social Vulnerability Into SLR Assessments and Mapping, June 14
    • Community Redevelopment Areas, June 11-12
  4. Final Project Report

Peril of Flood Florida Statute SB 1094


“Each must contain a coastal redevelopment component that addresses how to eliminate inappropriate and unsafe development in the coastal areas when opportunities arise redevelopment component must now:

  1. “Include development and redevelopment principles, strategies, and engineering solutions that reduce flood risk in coastal areas which results from high-tide events, storm surge, flash floods, stormwater runoff, and the related impacts of sea-level rise.
  2. “Encourage the use of best practices development and redevelopment principles, strategies, and engineering solutions that will result in the removal of coastal real property from flood zone designations established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  3. “Identify site development techniques and best practices that may reduce losses due to flooding and claims made under flood insurance policies issued in this state.
  4. “Be consistent with, or more stringent than, the flood-resistant construction requirements in the Florida Building Code and applicable flood plain management regulations set forth in 44 C.F.R. part 60.
  5. “Require that any construction activities seaward of the coastal construction control lines established pursuant to s. 161.053 be consistent with chapter 161.
  6. “Encourage local governments to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to achieve flood insurance premium discounts for their residents.”

2018-2019 PROJECT TEAM 

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council

Manatee County

University of Florida Resilient Communities Initiative

University of South Florida College of Marine Science and the USF Department of Urban Planning