City of Tallahassee, FL

07/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/13/2020 05:29

PUBLIC NOTICE: Rebuild Florida General Planning Support


July 13, 2020


To comment on the Rebuild Florida General Planning Support, please contact Wanda Whitehead, Grants Manager, City of Tallahassee at [email protected].

TALLAHASSEE, FL (July 10, 2020) | The City of Tallahassee anticipates applying for Rebuild Florida General Planning Support (GSP) funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address mitigation needs to ensure that the state of Florida is more resilient to future natural disasters. This program is being administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) through the Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program. A total of $20,000,000 in funding has been allocated by DEO for the General Planning Support Program.

Eligible activities are limited to projects that improve state and local mitigation planning mechanisms; however, a wide variety of plans are eligible to apply for funding. Examples of eligible plans include, but are not limited to:

  • Regional mitigation plans;
  • Modernization and resiliency planning;
  • Comprehensive, capital improvement, and community development plans;
  • Floodplain and wetland management plans;
  • Land use and urban environment plans;
  • Historic preservation plans;
  • Small area, housing and neighborhood plans;
  • Integration of mitigation plans with other planning initiatives; and
  • An inventory development of properties with known or suspected environmental contamination.

In addition to mitigation plans, the GPS program allows for a range of mitigation activities, including:

  • Assessment of Fair Housing;
  • Upgrading mapping, data and other capabilities to better understand evolving disaster risks;
  • Planning and public service activities necessary to reduce flood insurance premiums in the National Flood Insurance Program's voluntary Community Rating System incentive program;
  • Education and outreach campaigns designed to alert communities and prospective beneficiaries to opportunities to further mitigate identified risks through insurance, best practices and other strategies;
  • Development and implementation of modern and resilient building codes to mitigate against current and future hazards; and
  • Enhancement and update of real property registration and land information systems.

The City of Tallahassee anticipates submitting one application for a total of $80,000 in funding through the CDBG-MIT General Planning Support Program as detailed below:

  • Project Title: The City of Tallahassee Fiber Optic Resilience Project
  • Project Description: The City of Tallahassee's Technology and Innovations department would be able to contract with industry leaders and subject matter experts to forecast and design the needed infrastructural changes to provide consistent, redundant and resilient architecture that will guarantee stability in the City's critical infrastructure that services the City and its residents. These design enhancements will also guarantee greater resilience for critical utility plants that provide resources for residents and will continue to provide future technological outreach for residents and universities as they connect virtually to the City's resources.

Comments from the public must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, July 24, 2020. All comments will be considered, and proposed changes will be submitted to DEO. Additional information relating to the proposed projects and applications is available for review by request.

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Contact Information

Wanda Whitehead, Grants Manager, City of Tallahassee

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