At the Resilience Leadership Summit held in January of 2020, the second day’s activities included breakout group discussions to begin prioritizing resiliency actions to be included in the RRAP. The breakout groups were organized by topic area as follows:
- Governance, resilience codes, policy and zoning
- Resilient shorelines and open spaces (from green to gray)
- Water resources
- Clean energy
- Pre-disaster redevelopment/recovery planning
- Infrastructure – stormwater lines, sewer lines, utility lines
- Affordable housing and CRAs
- Community vulnerability, health & wellbeing
- Transportation (systems and infrastructure)
- Municipal finance
- Business/Economic vulnerability and opportunity
- Vulnerability assessments, data
- Other – open for attendees to define
Each group had 60 minutes to discuss and develop a list of potential mitigation and adaptation priorities that a local government can take, and, priorities that should be included in the Regional Action Plan. The groups discussed which risks and hazards will most severely impact their topic and changes over the next 30 years, including but not limited to flooding due to high tide events, flooding due to heavy rains, wave action or storm surge, sea level rise, increased heat and/or sunny day flooding/saltwater intrusion.
Following that meeting, the Management Planning Committee met at Tampa International Airport on January 31 to review and further define key aspects and categories that the Plan should include.
Defining the Purpose and Scope of the Plan:
- Creates a positive aspirational vision of resilient communities –– coastal and inland urban, suburban and rural
- Defines goals, objectives, strategies, actions — local and regional — to support alignment on critical issues
- Considers federal and state planning requirements
- Defines best practices, national metrics, certification programs
- Includes a scorecard
- Develop actionable strategies for the next 5 years.
- Prioritize goals and actions to facilitate forward progress through:
- Ensuring goals are high level to ensure widespread acceptance
- Including a strong focus on risk reduction and adaptation
- Integrating mitigation and sustainability
- Address equity issues throughout the entirety of the document.