2018-2019 PROJECT OVERVIEW
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:
- Implementing a Plan Status and Training Needs Survey
- Development of Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Best Practices Checklist
- 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
- Final Project Report