The City of Miramar is seeking a Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) from the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to finance/hire a consultant to develop the City’s first Floodplain Management Plan (FMP). The purpose of the plan would help the City better manage the risk of the damaging effects of floods, protect people and properties, maintain and enhance the natural floodplain and provide clear guidance for development considerations within the floodplain.
The FMP will act as a resource to document known flooding problems, provide a database of flooding and drainage issues, and establish overall procedures and measures for addressing flooding issues before, during and after major events. It will include important historical details, considerations, and finally an action plan about the activities and features that help to manage community’s flood risks. Where possible, the FMP will consider other relevant and available documents, guidelines and procedures that may be used in lieu of creating new items for the FMP. The FMP will establish the framework for the local Floodplain Management Ordinance (also referred to as Flood Damage Prevention), methods of enforcement, and steps to engage and inform the public through public outreach, and partnerships with stakeholders and various federal, state and private agencies.
The City is an active participant in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS), which means that residents and business owners receive a discount on their flood insurance premiums in recognition of efforts made by the City to reduce the impacts of flood incidents. As such, the development and implementation of an FMP will help the City score better in the CRS Program and thereby allows property owners in the City to get reduced premiums.
The City plans to submit a grant application in the amount of $75,000+. As a requirement of the grant application, the City must solicit public comment by Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM. If you wish to submit comments, please contact Nixon Lebrun, AICP, CFM, Senior Planner, at (954)394-2543 or at Nlebrun@miramarfl.gov.