Resiliency objectives of the TBRPC include:
- Improve the regional capacity to reduce adverse impacts associated with climate change through the creation of a framework that facilitates discourse, encourages knowledge sharing, generates consensus and promotes the pragmatic application of scientific data in public policy.
Tasks and activities to support these objectives include but are not limited to:
- Facilitate development of a Regional Resilience Action Plan, in collaboration with local governments and stakeholders, that aligns with federal agency resilience goals and internationally accepted best practices.
- Support the development and encourage the use of regionally adapted sea level rise scenarios to support consistent planning and policy development.
- Support development of model language for climate adaptation and mitigation goals, objectives and policies for comprehensive plans, land development regulations, business continuity plans, etc.
- Coordinate with key organizations to offer resilience education programs for local governments to meet evolving needs.
- Conduct reviews of decision-support tools such as GIS models, risk/ vulnerability assessments, model ordinances, Best Management Practices, and develop new versions as needed.
- Continue to support the MPOs to assess changing resilience risks and planning needs for transportation systems.
- Engage members in the ONE BAY Working Group and other professional networks across the counties in analysis of resilience impacts, issues, resources, programs and best practices.
- Conduct periodic analysis of local programs and needs, and serve as a repository of relevant research, programmatic efforts and decision support tools.
Local governments are invited to join the Tampa Bay Regional Resilience Coalition, coordinated by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The TBRPC is comprised of members from Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the 21 municipalities that come together to discuss complex regional issues; develop strategic regional responses for resolving them; and build consensus for setting and accomplishing regional goals.
The Tampa Bay Resilience Coalition Memorandum of Understanding tasks members with developing a Regional Resiliency Action Plan (RRAP). The MOU states that the Plan “shall include strategies for coordinated regional preparation for and adaption to a rapidly changing global environment based on mapping of projected sea-level rise and resulting amplification of localized impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms, and which shall identify funding strategies at the local, state and federal levels for mitigation and adaptation actions to deal with those impacts.”
Developing a Resilience-Based Siting and Valuation Toolkit for Solar+Storage
Long-lasting power outages caused by hurricanes and other disasters have major impacts on communities and local economies. Leading organizations and energy agencies across the country are working to evaluate the role of solar energy and battery storage on specific buildings to improve local community resilience goals.
An innovative project, led by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to develop novel applications of solar energy. NREL is leading the Solar Energy Innovation Network with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. NREL pursues fundamental research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to transform the way we use energy.
In September of 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council a program grant to conduct workshops to identify vulnerabilities and resiliency needs throughout the Tampa Bay Region of Florida. This project will feed into a Regional Resiliency Action Plan that can be implemented by the local governments in the region.
On January 7, 2020, The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded $500,000 to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to implement a new initiative called the Resilience and Energy Assessment of Communities and Housing (REACH) that supports the Regional Resilience Coalition and member governments.
The REACH Project will bring together the region’s housing, resilience, and recovery planning experts and community leaders to assess potential risks that local communities face from extreme weather and sea level rise, and define new strategies and policies to increase affordable, resilient housing development and redevelopment.
In March 2019, the Tri-County TMA (Transportation Management Area) comprised of the Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco MPOs, FDOT, and TBPRC received a FHWA administration grant to conduct a regional transportation vulnerability analysis. Hillsborough MPO went through this process in 2014 and the effort is being expanded into the Tampa Bay Region. We are one of 11 pilots competitively selected from around the county.
EDUCATION & RESOURCES
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.
Sea level rise models, projections, maps, viewers, data, reports, and resiliency best practices.
Effective planning for the Tampa Bay region calls for a whole-systems approach to estuary management. In an effort to improve the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP), TBRPC partnered with Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and several local government stakeholders sought to develop guiding documents that enable communities to more easily incorporate estuary management considerations into the broader structure of comprehensive land use planning. By integrating policies which support estuary protection within elements of a community’s comprehensive plan, local governments can provide a basis for development decisions regionally. Learn more.