Regional Resiliency Action Plan

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CJ Reynolds 
Director of Resiliency & Engagement 
(727) 570-5151 ext. 30

Cara Woods Serra, AICP, CFM
Comprehensive Resiliency Planner
(727) 570-5151 ext. 28

Regional Action Plan

Upcoming events related to the Regional Resiliency Action Plan.

View and download the Regional Resiliency Action Plan Draft in Word or PDF format.

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.”

Science Based The Regional Resiliency Action Plan will include strategies and actions that are based on sound science and technical data. The planning team will work together to identify experts for guidance and will use the regional recognized sea-level rise projections as produced by the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel to assess sea-level rise vulnerability, inform planning efforts, and provide guidance on what sea-level rise projections should be incorporated into local planning efforts.

Community Involvement The Regional Resiliency Action Plan process will recognize the importance of involvement by all members of the community. The Coalition Members will engage and involve local businesses, organizations, associations, and individuals in developing policies and recommendations which will have the support and commitment of community members and organizations. Community involvement is essential for successful implementation.

Meeting Date Audience Meeting Topic Documents
October 1st and 2nd Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Review Draft Table of Contents/Outline
October 30th Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Chapter 1 Risks and Future Conditions
November 5th Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Chapter 2: Community Vulnerability
December 11th Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Equity Workshop
January 15th Management Planning Committee MPC Meeting
February 12 Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Chapter 3: People
February 19 Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Chapter 4: Place (Land Use and Housing)
February 25 Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Chapter 4: Place (Ecosystems and Infrastructure)
March 5 Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Chapter 4: Place (Transportation)
March 12 Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Chapter 5: Prosperity
March 19 Management Planning Committee and Coalition Partners Clean Energy
September 16 Management Planning Committee Goal 5 (Habitats and Ecosystems) Presentation 
September 17 Management Planning Committee Goals 3, 4 and 6 (Governance, Growth Management and Infrastructure) Presentation
September 24 Management Planning Committee Goal 7 (Transportation) Presentation

2020 Leadership Summit

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.

Plan Purpose and Scope

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.

Project Timeline 

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4
Identifying Planning Priorities

At the 2020 Resiliency Leadership Summit participants identified priorities to include in the plan.

Began January 2020

Chapter Workshops to Develop Draft Goals and Language

Collaborative development process with cross-disciplinary professionals and private and non-profit sector partners.

Sept. 2020 – Feb. 2021

Refine Draft Plan and Engage Communities

Conduct local input workshops with Cities and Counties, review sessions at Resilience Summit, expert review meetings and online community engagement.

Feb. 2021 – May 2022

Plan Adoption

Steering Committee reviews final and recommends adoption to TBRPC, cities and counties.

May 2022 – Aug. 2022