Climate Resiliency Plan
In April 2020, the City Council approved consulting services, provided by WSP USA, to assist in the creation of a Climate Resiliency Plan for Oldsmar by incorporating the priorities and core values of our community. The plan will help the City provide a greater understanding of local and regional climate risks, identify opportunities to prepare for those changes, educate residents and businesses about risks and adaptation options, and build the City's capacity to include climate data in decision-making. This effort will provide an actionable plan to continue the City's historical commitment to sustainability, with the goal of improved quality of life for Oldsmar residents through awareness and better preparedness. The City received a $75,000 grant to contribute to this effort from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for Resilient Coastlines.
***Public Meeting Open House***
The Resilient Oldsmar team invites you to join us for an Open House to learn more about the Climate Resiliency Plan (CRP). We will have representatives from WSP (plan consultant) and various city departments on-hand to guide you through the potential impacts of climate for you home or business, explain how the plan will address some of these impacts, and answer any questions you may have about the CRP.
Thursday, Jan 21, 5-7pm
Saturday, Jan 23, 10am-12pm
Oldsmar Council Chamber
101 State St. W.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure home owners, businesses, and renters have access to flood insurance. Within the NFIP the Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management that goes beyond the basic requirements. Communities, such as Oldsmar, that choose to participate take actions to help reduce flood damage to insurable properties. The CRS rates community efforts on a scale of 1-10, where 10 meets basic requirements and 1 is highest rating. The City of Oldsmar currently holds a CRS rating of 6, which saves our residents 10-20% on flood insurance rates.
A portion of the grant funding received for the Climate Resiliency Plan will be used to update the City's CRS report. The consultant will review points already received, possible points that may not have been fully realized, and identify potential projects for future consideration.
Additional NFIP and CRS Resources
In 2015 the Florida State Legislature enacted the Peril of Flood statute (Sec. 163.3178(2)(f) F.S.). This statute affected communities that are required to have a Coastal Element within their comprehensive plan. Part of the grant funding will be used to update the language in Oldsmar's Coastal Element to comply with the Peril of Flood statute. Below are statute requirements.
"A redevelopment component that outlines the principles that must be used to eliminate inappropriate and unsafe development in the coastal areas when opportunities arise. The component must:
- Include development and redevelopment principles, strategies, and engineering solutions that reduce the flood risk in coastal areas which results from high-tide events, storm surge, flash floods, stormwater runoff, and the related impacts of sea-level rise.
- Encourage the use of best practices development and redevelopment principles, strategies, and engineering solutions that will result in the removal of coastal real property from flood zone designations established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Identify site development techniques and best practices that may reduce losses due to flooding and claims made under flood insurance policies issued in this state.
- Be consistent with, or more stringent than, the flood-resistant construction requirements in the Florida Building Code and applicable flood plain management regulations set forth in 44 C.F.R. part 60.
- Require that any construction activities seaward of the coastal construction control lines established pursuant to s. 161.053 be consistent with chapter 161.
- Encourage local governments to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to achieve flood insurance premium discounts for their residents."