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Faced with water quality challenges and pressure to develop remaining natural habitats, planners and natural resource managers must learn how to work together to promote development practices that protect water quality, habitats, and quality of life for coastal communities.

In an effort to improve the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) a partnership with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and several local government stakeholders sought to develop a CCMP-Comprehensive Plan Cross Walk tool and a Comprehensive Plan Language Guidebook that aligns with the priority actions of the CCMP.

This session will provide background on the challenges faced by local government planners and resource managers, particularly as they relate to environmental protection. The project team will review the process used to develop the model language guidebook. Planners in attendance will learn how to select model language that works for their jurisdiction. Melissa Dickens of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and Kevin Moran of Hillsborough County will share how to apply the model language in practice and strategies to foster greater collaboration between departments and regional agencies, using the new One Water plan amendment as an example.

The educational purpose is to teach planners how to incorporate scientifically-sound resource management goals into comprehensive plans, codes, or other planning documents.



Maya Burke – Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Melissa Dickens, AICP – Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission

Kevin Moran, PE – Hillsborough County

Cara Woods Serra, AICP, CFM – Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council



Tampa Bay Estuary Program, APA Florida – Suncoast Section, Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, and Hillsborough County



1.5 CM credits for AICP Planners