In April 2020, the City Council approved consulting services, provided by WSP USA, to assist in the creation of a Climate Resiliency Plan (CRP) 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's Resilient Coastlines Program.
The CRP development will take place in two phases. Phase One will include identifying and modeling climate hazards, creating an inventory of city assets, and assessing the exposure of the assets to climate hazards. Phase Two will then rank the vulnerabilities, prioritize assets, and identify adaptation actions. Phase Two will also include additional grant funded projects (Community Rating System (CRS) and Peril of Flood updates) and public outreach.
Check out the virtual CRP Workshop below. We value your input on the plan. Public comments on the plan close on April 7, 2021. If you would like a copy of the presentation or handouts or have question/comments, please contact Ashlee Painter.