THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT (EPGMD), THE ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE DIVISION AND THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DIVISION RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE ABOVE MOTION.
This Item supports the Board’s vision of a Pristine, Healthy Environment, Goal 1: To Promote, protect and enhance the built environment in collaboration with governmental and private partners.
This text amendment is part of a package of text amendments to refine the County's Comprehensive Plan to create a process for the County to designate "Adaptation Action Areas" (AAA) of Regional Significance. The same language is included in five items on the November 10 agenda. The five November 10 agenda items involve proposed updates to the policies in the Coastal Management, Conservation, Capital Improvements, Intergovernmental Coordination, and Climate Change Elements. Broward County was the first local government in the State to include AAA language in a Comprehensive Plan following enactment of enabling legislation in 2011. County staff now proposes to refine the original policy language to include reference to the Broward County Planning Council’s proposed process to designate AAA's of Regional Significance within the Broward County Land Use Plan. The County is in the unique position to facilitate the coordination of AAA designations by local governments to ensure that adaptation strategies and infrastructure investments will create benefits that can be realized throughout the County.
On May 14, 2015, the EPGMD Local Planning Agency recommended approval of this amendment. On June 23, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing and voted to find the proposed text amendment 15-T2 to the Coastal Management Element consistent with the Broward County Comprehensive Plan and transmit to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and other state and regional review agencies. Please see Exhibit 3 for the language of the proposed text amendment.
After state and regional agency review, one technical assistance recommendation was received from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 4 office concerning all five elements in this proposed amendment package. The FDOT is requesting interagency coordination on the AAA designation process. Related to this comment, no additional changes to the proposed amendments are being added since the Department’s concerns are addressed in the adopted Intergovernmental Coordination Element’s goal, objectives and policies, particularly Objective 15.3 and Policies 15.3.1 and 15.3.4, which are cited in Exhibit 1.
Chapter 163.3177(6)(g)10, Florida Statutes allows local governments to develop an Adaptation Action Area (AAA) designation for low-lying coastal zones that are experiencing coastal flooding due to extreme high tides and storm surge and are vulnerable to the impacts of rising sea level. Local governments that adopt an AAA may consider policies to improve resilience to coastal flooding resulting from high-tide events, storm surge, flash floods, stormwater runoff, and related impacts of sea-level rise.
As referenced above, Comprehensive Plan amendments are being processed concurrently with amendments to the Broward County Land Use Plan (BCLUP), including related policy amendments, and updates to the Priority Planning Area for Sea Level Rise Map to include the “Possible” inundation layer from the compact vulnerability analysis (25-74.9% certainty) and designation of the Port Everglades Sand Bypass Project Area. On September 1, 2015, Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division staff presented information about the proposed BCLUP amendments to the City of Fort Lauderdale City Commission regarding the status of the Port Everglades Sand Bypass project and the proposed BCLUP AAA designation. County staff's presentation included a request that the City Commission reconsider its 2009 Resolution opposing the sand bypass project, based on updated information in response to the City's reasons for opposing the project as per the 2009 Resolution (see in Appendix B.1 of Exhibit 1). After discussion, the City Commission did not appear to indicate or provide direction to City staff to revise the City's 2009 position.