Plans & Programs: Resiliency Planning

Contact: Sarah Kraum

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (signed 2015) requires for resiliency to be considered during the transportation planning process.  This is especially important as a coastal community because of the increased potential for sea level rise, coastal flooding, and storm surge.  The Space Coast TPO recognizes the importance of resiliency planning and has committed to incorporating it into all aspects of the planning process.

What is resiliency?

The Regional Resiliency Action Plan defines resilience as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a region to plan, sustain, adapt, recover, improve and grow collaboratively – regardless what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience – through specific actions and implementation strategies geared to address specific vulnerabilities.”

Chronic stresses are continuous, gradual, or reoccurring impacts on the community such as sea level rise or aging infrastructure.  Acute shocks are singular impacts or events such as hurricanes or infrastructure failure.

Planning for resiliency involves not only accounting for those chronic stresses through ensuring a lasting transportation network, but also building a network that can support shocks that may involve evacuations, road closures, alternate routes, and more.

Past Projects

In 2017, the Space Coast TPO took their first steps in resiliency planning by completing a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment.  The Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment can be accessed here.

They then participated in the creation of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council’s Regional Resiliency Action Plan and adopted the plan in March 2019.  To learn more about the Regional Resiliency Action Plan please visit www.perilofflood.com.  You may also access information and read the resolution of adoption by visiting the SCTPO Regional Resiliency Action Plan page.

Next Steps

The Space Coast TPO plans to begin scope development on a Resiliency Master Plan in early 2020.  Please check back for updates.