Staff members from the City of New Smyrna Beach Planning Department triumphantly returned from the 2019 Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) state conference with a little extra weight in their luggage last week after accepting awards in two categories: Community Education and Grassroots Planning.
The Community Education award recognizes the yearlong Coastal Community Resiliency series hosted by the City in 2018 that featured presentations by subject matter experts and solicited public input on a wide variety of topics including the environment, cultural resources, growth and development, social equity, public safety, the economy, parks and recreation, tourism, and transportation. This input was then analyzed, categorized, and shaped into recommendations that formed the foundation of 2019’s Strategic Action Plan alongside input received from the City Commission at public workshops held last December and January.
The Grassroots Planning award recognizes a Resilience and Flood Hazard Planning Workshop hosted by the City last October that utilized advanced, state-of-the-art geospatial techniques to foster innovation and contribute to local resiliency against sea level rise and other natural hazards. Utilizing a participatory mapping approach titled Community, Health, and Resource Management (CHARM), attendees were able to get instant feedback using local community data to assess future planning scenarios involving storm surge, high tide, and flood hazards.
Planning Director Amye King, Senior Planner Robert Mathen, and Planner Stephanie Doster represented New Smyrna Beach at the state conference in both accepting the awards and participating in learning sessions with titles such as “Bottom-Up Resilience Planning,” “Game of Zones,” and “Where’s the Water?”
“I was very proud, as the Director of Planning, to accept these two State Florida Planning and Zoning Association awards on behalf of the City,” said King.
Please visit www.cityofnsb.com/151/Planning-Department to learn more about the City’s Planning Department and www.fpza.org for more information on the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.