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Cara Woods Serra, AICP, CFM
Principal Resiliency Planner


Resiliency objectives of the TBRPC include: 

  1. Improve the regional capacity to reduce adverse impacts associated with climate change through the creation of a framework that facilitates discourse, encourages knowledge sharing, generates consensus and promotes the pragmatic application of scientific data in public policy.

Tasks and activities to support these objectives include but are not limited to: 

  1. Facilitate development of a Regional Resilience Action Plan, in collaboration with local governments and stakeholders, that aligns with federal agency resilience goals and internationally accepted best practices.
  2. Support the development and encourage the use of regionally adapted sea level rise scenarios to support consistent planning and policy development.
  3. Support development of model language for climate adaptation and mitigation goals, objectives and policies for comprehensive plans, land development regulations, business continuity plans, etc.
  4. Coordinate with key organizations to offer resilience education programs for local governments to meet evolving needs.
  5. Conduct reviews of decision-support tools such as GIS models, risk/ vulnerability assessments, model ordinances, Best Management Practices, and develop new versions as needed.
  6. Continue to support the MPOs to assess changing resilience risks and planning needs for transportation systems.
  7. Engage members in the ONE BAY Working Group and other professional networks across the counties in analysis of resilience impacts, issues, resources, programs and best practices.
  8. Conduct periodic analysis of local programs and needs, and serve as a repository of relevant research, programmatic efforts and decision support tools.



Resiliency Coalition

Local governments are invited to join the Tampa Bay Regional Resilience Coalition, coordinated by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The TBRPC is comprised of members from Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the 21 municipalities that come together to discuss complex regional issues; develop strategic regional responses for resolving them; and build consensus for setting and accomplishing regional goals.

The 2020 Leadership Summit:
Champions of Change: Creating Resilient Communities 2030

Local, regional and national experts defined a vision for transforming our communities over the next 5-10 years to address major economic, social and environmental challenges. Goals and actions were defined for the Tampa Bay Regional Action Plan.

ONE BAY Resilient Communities

Technical experts from various land use planning agencies, environmental groups, the development community, and transportation agencies convene to present information and facilitate dialogue about regional resiliency solutions.

Resilient Shorelines and Spaces Workgroup

The purpose of the workgroup is to and develop recommendations and guidance documents for the Coalition to help local governments become more resilient.



Resilient Shorelines Model Ordinance Template

The new Resilient Shorelines Model Ordinance template is one the first of its kind in the state to define an integrated set of policies to ensure that all types of shoreline protection strategies are designed to be resilient to changing sea levels and tidally influenced flooding through 2070, using best practices. It also considers both community flood protection benefits and ecological integrity of coastal habitats and shorelines on bay waters and riverine systems.

The ordinance establishes shoreline type standards, a coordinated policy for protecting and preserving natural shorelines, promoting living and hybrid shorelines, and defining appropriate locations and land-use types for implementing seawalls and hardened structures.

Taking Stock: Climate Driven Heat Impacts on the Tampa Bay Regional Economy Through 2060 

Climate Driven Heat Impacts on the Tampa Bay Region Under a High Emissions Scenario considers the implications of a high greenhouse gas emissions climate scenario — dubbed the High Emissions scenario, on critical points of the regional economy — agriculture, mortality rates, labor productivity, and energy demand. This report delineates the magnitude of key potential impacts to the region’s economic and fiscal baseline and some of the indirect and interaction effects between climate change and policy. It will be up to future efforts to explore how adaptation and mitigation measures will change the region and the state’s course.

CSAP SLR Recommendations 2019 Final

In this document, the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel (CSAP) recommends a common set of sea level rise (SLR) projections for use throughout the Tampa Bay region. The recommendation establishes the foundation for a coordinated approach to address the effects of a changing climate, which advances the objectives of the newly-established Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition. Local governments and other agencies planning for SLR in the Tampa Bay region should incorporate the key findings of this CSAP recommendation.
sea level rise report CSAP

Disaster Planning Guide

Hurricane / All-Hazards Disaster Planning Guide for residents and businesses developed in collaboration with multiple county’s emergency management offices. TBRPC’s guide provides preparedness information for hazards including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, hazardous materials, and terrorism. The guide includes hurricane evacuation maps for participating coastal counties in the Tampa Bay area.

2020 Cover

CCMP Crosswalk and Model Language Guidebook

Effective planning for the Tampa Bay region calls for a whole-systems approach to estuary management. In an effort to improve the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP), TBRPC partnered with Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and several local government stakeholders sought to develop guiding documents that enable communities to more easily incorporate estuary management considerations into the broader structure of comprehensive land use planning. By integrating policies which support estuary protection within elements of a community’s comprehensive plan, local governments can provide a basis for development decisions regionally. Learn more.

Peril of Flood Checklist & Workshops

In 2015, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1094, titled “Peril of Flood”. The new law, which became effective July 1, 2015, specifies new requirements for the coastal management element of a local government’s comprehensive plan related to coastal flooding and the related impacts of sea level rise.

Resources & Tools

Sea level rise models, projections, maps, viewers, data, reports, and resiliency best practices.


Clear Sky Tampa Bay

Developing a Resilience-Based Siting and Valuation Toolkit for Solar+Storage

Long-lasting power outages caused by hurricanes and other disasters have major impacts on communities and local economies. Leading organizations and energy agencies across the country are working to evaluate the role of solar energy and battery storage on specific buildings to improve local community resilience goals.

An innovative project, led by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to develop novel applications of solar energy. NREL is leading the Solar Energy Innovation Network with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. NREL pursues fundamental research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to transform the way we use energy.

Clean Energy Workgroup

Support Local Government efforts to develop objectives, strategies, and deployment plans for overall carbon footprint reduction through increased energy efficiency, fuel reduction, targeted clean energy goals, and innovative energy resilience projects.


Housing Affordability & Resiliency

On January 7, 2020, The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded $500,000 to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to implement a new initiative called the Resilience and Energy Assessment of Communities and Housing (REACH) that supports the Regional Resilience Coalition and member governments.

The REACH Project will bring together the region’s housing, resilience, and recovery planning experts and community leaders to assess potential risks that local communities face from extreme weather and sea level rise, and define new strategies and policies to increase affordable, resilient housing development and redevelopment.


Regional Resiliency Action Plan

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.”

EPA Gulf of Mexico Program

In September of 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council a program grant to conduct workshops to identify vulnerabilities and resiliency needs throughout the Tampa Bay Region of Florida. This project will feed into a Regional Resiliency Action Plan that can be implemented by the local governments in the region.



Federal Highway Administration Pilot Project

In March 2019, the Tri-County TMA (Transportation Management Area) comprised of the Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco MPOs, FDOT, and TBPRC received a FHWA administration grant to conduct a regional transportation vulnerability analysis. Hillsborough MPO went through this process in 2014 and the effort is being expanded into the Tampa Bay Region. We are one of 11 pilots competitively selected from around the county.

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