On July 23, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) staff in partnership with staff from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) hosted the webinar Comprehensive Planning For Clean Water: Tools and Strategies. This session provided background on the challenges faced by local government planners and resource managers, particularly as they relate to environmental protection. The project team reviewed the process used to develop the model language guidebook. Planners in attendance learned how to select model language suitable for their jurisdiction. Melissa Dickens of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and Kevin Moran of Hillsborough County shared 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.
This webinar was recorded and will be available on TBRPC’s YouTube Channel. The recorded webinar is one of several new resources created that assists local government planners to incorporate scientifically-sound resource management goals into comprehensive plans, codes, or other planning documents.
Learn More about Incorporating Estuary Management Goals
Planners interested in learning more about incorporating estuary management goals into their planning mechanisms can review the Model Language Guidebook. The Comprehensive Planning for Clean Water webinar recording (see below) is another useful resource for planners to learn more about how Hillsborough County used a multidisciplinary collaborative process to incorporate clean water policies in its One Water program. Finally, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is available to provide technical assistance to local governments.