On July 16, 2019, Volusia County Council approved two initiatives that move the county and the East Central Florida Region towards a more resilient future, the East Central Florida Regional Resiliency Action Plan and the East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative.
In 2017, the East Central Florida regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) was awarded grant funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to develop a non-regulatory regional action plan for Volusia and Brevard Counties that focused on resiliency and sustainability.
From October 2017 to December 2018, ECFRPC worked with stakeholders, including elected officials, in Volusia and Brevard on the development of the RRAP. Stakeholder input and public engagement included steering committee and sub-committee calls, and stakeholder workshops. The goal of the plan is to “increase the ability of local and regional stakeholders to implement resiliency and climate adaptation strategies across disciplines.
On July 16, 2019, Volusia County Council approved a resolution to adopt the RRAP.
Volusia County Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding to be a member of the East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative.
In 2018, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) and the Economic Development Administration jointly funded a project to create the East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative (ECFR2C), which was identified as a priority in the East Central Florida Regional Resiliency Action Plan (RRAP). The collaborative incorporates eight (8) counties and seventy eight (78) cities in the East Central Florida Region and is being led by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.
The collaborative includes a council subcommittee and a steering committee. The committees have developed a structure, framework and memorandum of understanding to establish the ECFR2C. On May 15, 2019 the ECFR2C was formalized by the Regional Planning Council.