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Shorelines model ordinance template released by TBRPC

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At the September 12, 2022, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council meeting, staff provided a report on key standards and language in the Resilient Shorelines Model Ordinance to Council Members. After a robust discussion, a motion was made, seconded and unanimously passed by the full Council to “Accept the report and authorize the Executive Director to forward the Ordinance Template and Cover Memorandum to the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition (TBRRC) and local governments as a resource for their consideration.”

The TBRPC created a Resilient Shorelines Model Ordinance template to support local governments when they make updates to local plans and ordinances related to shoreline protection. The template was developed over two years with extensive input from stakeholders and experts in coastal engineering, marine construction, shoreline ecology, environmental resources management, flood plain management, climate science, land-use policy, permitting and real estate.

Local governments may use the document and give consideration to adopting the model ordinance, or any of the recommendations found within the document at the discretion of their local government.