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File Number: 122459
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File Number: 122459 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-240-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: SOUTHEAST FLORIDA REGIONAL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN Introduced: 12/13/2012
Requester: Regulatory and Economic Resources Cost: Final Action: 4/2/2013
Agenda Date: 4/2/2013 Agenda Item Number: 8M1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE SOUTHEAST FLORIDA REGIONAL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN WHICH INCLUDES ACTIONABLE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REGIONALLY COORDINATED CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION, ADAPTATION STRATEGIES, AND EFFORTS IN BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
Indexes: SOUTHEAST FLORIDA REGIONAL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/2/2013 8M1 Adopted P

Board of County Commissioners 2/5/2013 8M2 Deferred P

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 1/16/2013 3A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee members proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution, as presented.

County Attorney 12/14/2012 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer

County Mayor 12/13/2012 Assigned County Attorney 2/5/2013
REPORT: RER - Comm. Heyman Sponsor - pending cmte - Attachment: Regional Climate Action Plan

County Mayor 12/13/2012 Assigned Jack Osterholt 12/13/2012

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE SOUTHEAST FLORIDA REGIONAL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN WHICH INCLUDES ACTIONABLE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REGIONALLY COORDINATED CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION, ADAPTATION STRATEGIES, AND EFFORTS IN BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

BODY
WHEREAS, as recognized by this Board in Resolution No. R-1388-09, Florida is an area of the country that is most vulnerable to the consequences of global climate change, and Southeast Florida is considered at the frontline to experience the impacts of a changing climate, especially sea level rise; and
WHEREAS, in 2010 the counties of Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward, and Monroe entered into the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact in recognition of the need for immediate, coordinated and visionary action to address the impacts of a changing climate and provide for economic and environmental resilience in Southeast Florida; and
WHEREAS, these four counties developed the Regional Climate Action Plan in accordance with the Compact commitment and through a two year collaborative process involving nearly 100 subject matter experts who represented the public and private sectors, universities, and not-for-profit organizations; and
WHEREAS, the Regional Climate Action Plan offers recommendations that provide a common integrated framework for a stronger and more resilient Southeast Florida; and
WHEREAS, these recommendations include: (1) providing a common framework for sustainable communities and transportation planning to be aligned across the region; (2) recognizing the need to protect and address vulnerable water supply, management infrastructure and preserve fragile natural systems and agricultural resources; (3) providing steps to move towards resilience and reducing emissions through exploring alternatives and decreasing the use of energy and fuel; (4) building upon strength as effective emergency responders and integrating climate change hazards in risk reduction and emergency management planning; and (5) providing for effective public outreach initiatives to educate the public on the consequences of climate change and providing guidance for developing and influencing public policies related to climate change; and
WHEREAS, the Regional Climate Action Plan does not provide a mandate but rather is designed as a living guidance document with options that each county and local government could align to their own plans and utilize based on their interests and vision for the future,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby accepts the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, and the Mayor or Mayor’s designee shall report back to the Board within one year on the progress of the Regional Climate Action Plan.

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Date:

To: Honorable Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson
and Members, Board of County Commissioners

From: Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor

Subject: Resolution Accepting the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Board of County Commissioners accept the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan (Attachment A) which includes recommendations for regionally coordinated climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies which are expected to provide long-term cost benefits to the region, through new economic development opportunities and infrastructure planning and improvements that reduce risk and future economic losses. The Regional Climate Action Plan does not provide a mandate but rather is designed to serve as a guidance document with options that each county and local government could voluntarily align to their own plans and utilize based on their interests and vision for the future.

Scope
The impact of this plan is countywide.

Fiscal Impact/Funding Source
All implementation shall be done on an annual basis and as set forth in the annual budgets approved by this Board. Many recommendations in the Plan are low cost or no cost, involving only continued collaboration and leveraging of existing investments.

Track Record/Monitor
Nichole Hefty, staff in the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department serving on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Staff Steering Committee, will monitor implementation of the South Florida Regional Climate Action Plan.

MANAGER'S BACKGROUND
Background
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) is a partnership among Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties, which was unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners in December 2009 through Resolution R-1388-09 (Attachment B). The Compact includes the following commitments, to be achieved through collaboration among existing staff with no additional resources:
* Coordinate in climate policy development and advocacy;
* Collaborate in the development of common baseline tools for planning;
* Dedicate staff time and resources to create a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Action Plan to include mitigation and adaption strategies; and
* Meet annually in Regional Climate Summits to mark progress and identify emerging issues.

A Compact Staff Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from each of the partner counties, was created early on to coordinate Compact implementation. This committee convened a technical work group to develop regionally coordinated baseline planning tools, including a regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory, a unified sea level projection, and a common methodology for mapping inundation and performing vulnerability assessments. The counties also coordinate joint policy and legislative priorities, and meet at a yearly leadership summit, as called for in the Compact Resolution.

The Regional Climate Action Plan (Attachment A) is the culmination of more than three years of technical and planning process, and is the most significant milestone and work product of the Compact to date.

The Compact Staff Steering Committee convened three work groups (Built Environment, Transportation, and Natural Systems and Agriculture) for the purpose of reviewing information and developing recommendations in seven topical areas. More than 100 individuals representing the public and private sector as well as not-for-profit entities and other stakeholders participated and lent their expertise to this process. The Compact unveiled the draft report including 106 recommendations at the 3rd Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit hosted by Monroe County in December 2011.

Following its December 2011 release, the Draft Regional Climate Action Plan was posted for 90 days for public comment. The Staff Steering Committee received comments from nearly 100 different individuals. All comments were cataloged and the Compact Staff Steering Committee met on two separate occasions to review and consider all feedback and suggestions and convened separate work groups to assist with revisions to recommendations pertaining to the subjects of Water Resources and Agriculture. Notable edits to the final Regional Climate Action Plan document include:

• Discussion of governance structure and resources and their influence on implementation;
• Inclusion of a separate section dedicated to Agriculture;
• Inclusion of separate section focused on Public Policy and Outreach; and
• Preparation of an informal companion document as an Implementation Guide.

This Regional Climate Action Plan recognizes the diversity of issues across Southeast Florida, and that implementation of the recommendations contained within will inevitably occur at various stages and varying degrees by a multitude of agencies and jurisdictions, but with the benefit of working within a regional context. The Plan, organized in seven areas, provides the common framework for sustainable communities and transportation planning to be aligned across the region, as implemented. It recognizes the need to protect and address our vulnerable water supply, management and infrastructure and to preserve our fragile natural systems and agricultural resources. The plan provides for steps to move towards resilience to the impacts of climate change, and to reduce emissions through exploring alternatives and decreasing our use of energy and fuel. The plan builds upon our strength as effective emergency responders and integrates climate change hazards in risk reduction and emergency management planning. Finally, the Regional Climate Action Plan proposes to create a common vocabulary for outreach and public policy development to effectively communicate the steps from risk to resilience with the general public, voters, elected officials and decision makers in Southeast Florida, the state and the nation.

The Regional Climate Action Plan, as developed, provides an excellent roadmap and vision for a resilient South Florida. Many of the recommendations would synchronize current efforts of each county in our distinct areas of the region. Staff will report back within a year on the progress of the Regional Climate Action Plan.

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Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor



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