CCMP Crosswalk and Model Language Guidebook

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Cara Woods Serra, AICP, CFM
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CCMP Crosswalk and Model Language Guidebook

Faced with water quality challenges and pressure to develop remaining natural habitats, planners and natural resource managers must learn how to work together to promote development practices that protect water quality, habitats, and quality of life for coastal communities.

The regulatory framework supporting local government land use decisions has changed dramatically since the first Florida National Estuary Programs (NEPs) were founded in the early 1990s. NEPs in Florida are special districts of the state that largely rely on the efforts of local government partners to achieve their goals. In 2011, the Florida Legislature passed the Community Planning Act which called for changes to the comprehensive plan review process, limiting state and regional oversight to a set of narrowly prescribed topics. The Act also eliminated many of the rules promulgated to establish minimum compliance criteria for local comprehensive plans, further placing the burden of these planning decisions and required technical expertise to local government staff.

In an effort to improve the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) a partnership with TBEP, TBRPC and several local government stakeholders sought to develop a CCMP- Comprehensive Plan Crosswalk Tool and a Comprehensive Plan Model Language Guidelines that aligns with the priority actions of the CCMP.

Learn More about Incorporating Estuary Management Goals

Planners interested in learning more about incorporating estuary management goals into their planning mechanisms can review the Model Language Guidelines. The Comprehensive Planning for Clean Water webinar recording (see below) is another useful resource for planners to learn more about how Hillsborough County used a multidisciplinary collaborative process to incorporate clean water policies in its One Water program. Finally, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is available to provide technical assistance to local governments.

Comprehensive Planning for Clean Water: Tools and Strategies

Comprehensive Planning for Clean Water Webinar – July 23, 2020

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) staff in partnership with staff from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) hosted the webinar Comprehensive Planning For Clean Water: Tools and Strategies. This session provided background on the challenges faced by local government planners and resource managers, particularly as they relate to environmental protection. The project team reviewed the process used to develop the CCMP Model Language Guidebook. Planners in attendance learned how to select model language suitable for their jurisdiction. Melissa Dickens of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and Kevin Moran of Hillsborough County shared how to apply the model language in practice and strategies to foster greater collaboration between departments and regional agencies, using the new One Water plan amendment as an example.

This webinar was recorded and is available on TBRPC’s YouTube Channel. The recorded webinar is one of several new resources created that assists local government planners to incorporate scientifically-sound resource management goals into comprehensive plans, codes, or other planning documents.