What is the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership?
The Southeast Florida Regional Partnership (Partnership) is a partnership of more than 200 public, private, non-profit organizations and supporters from the region consisting ofMonroe, Miami-Dade, Broward,Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. The Partnership was established as a voluntary membership organization separate from, but supported by, theSouth Floridaand Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils. The Partnership is committed to working together to ensure that the Southeast Florida region enjoys a prosperous economy, livable and affordable communities, and a sustainable environment through their individual actions and the development of the “Seven50,” a seven county, 50 year Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan.
Why was the Partnership created?
In January 2010, regional leaders came together and began to build upon existing working relationships and partnerships to establish the Partnership and develop an application to the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants Program. At that time, Partnership members signed “Memorandums of Understanding” adopting the Livability Principles and committing to work collaboratively to support the sustainable development and redevelopment of Southeast Florida:
- Provide more transportation choices;
- Promote affordable housing;
- Enhance economic competitiveness;
- Support existing communities;
- Coordinate policies and leverage investment;
- Value communities and neighborhoods; and
- Enhance community resiliency to the impacts of climate change.
Additionally, HUD identified a subset of Partnership member categories as especially critical to successful implementation of the grant if awarded. These “Consortium Members” include the region’s metropolitan planning organizations, counties, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Partnership members from these categories formed the initial Partnership Consortium which continues to expand today.
In October 2010, the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership secured a $4.25 million regional planning (Category 1) grant from HUD. HUD’s grants under this program support metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional planning efforts that better integrate housing, land use, economic development, community development, social development, water / environmental protection, transportation, energy conservation, and infrastructure. These resources are being used to develop the region’s Seven50 Plan by February 2013. Significant in-kind and other match has also been pledged by members of the Partnership to augment these resources.
What is the Seven50 Plan?
The Partnership is developing Seven50, a seven county, 50-year Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan that will reflect regional agreement around priority investments in key areas of importance toSoutheast Florida’s future. When considered together, these issues will coalesce into a coherent strategy and investment plan in support of the future sustainability and economic prosperity of our communities and region. Seven initial work groups have been identified along issue areas:
- Education, Workforce & Economic Development
- Development Patterns (Housing, Transportation, Healthy Communities)
- Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture
- Climate Resiliency
- Community Assets and Culture
- Inclusive Regional Leadership
The HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative is the region’s best opportunity to develop consensus around a strategic vision and investment plan that will chart the course to a brighter and more prosperous future for Southeast Florida’s residents and in turn, Florida. It is expected that this strategic vision and the Seven 50 will:
- Serve as the framework for future federal, state and local investment;
- Support and advance the efforts of individual counties, municipalities and other regional partners whose plans and projects further the implementation of the Seven50 Plan; and
- Enhance the ability of the Southeast Florida Region to secure resources needed for critical infrastructure projects that further regional sustainability and economic prosperity.
“Preferred Sustainability Status” for certain federal grant programs has already resulted in millions of dollars in additional investment inSoutheast Floridathrough its Partnership member organizations.
What are the roles of the South Florida Regional Planning Council and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in this Initiative?
The word “sustainable” is used a lot. What does it mean?
What is the Sustainable Communities Initiative and Sustainable Communities Planning Grants Program?
Does the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership exist only for the purpose of applying for the Sustainable Communities Planning Grants Program?
- Category 1 – Funding to support the preparation of Regional Plans for Sustainable Development that address housing, economic development, transportation, and environmental quality in an integrated fashion where such plans do not currently exist.
- Category 2 – Funding to support the preparation of more detailed execution plans and programs to implement existing regional sustainable development plans (that address housing, economic development, transportation, and environmental quality in an integrated fashion.
Criteria: “Livability Principles”
HUD, EPA, and DOT have adopted the following six “Livability Principles” to guide their strategic activities and investments. The Southeast Florida Regional Partnership has adopted the six principles and added a seventh: “Enhance community resiliency to the impacts of climate change.”
1. Provide more transportation choices;
2. Promote affordable housing;
3. Enhance economic competitiveness;
4. Support existing communities;
5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment;
6. Value communities and neighborhoods; and
7. Enhance community resiliency to the impacts of climate change.
Where does Southeast Florida fit in?
Why is it important to develop the “Regional Plan for Sustainable Development?”
How much funding is available?
What is the grant match requirement?
Who applied for the grant on behalf of the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership?
How will the grant funds be used?
Why should my organization participate or support this effort?
How will this benefit my community?
How can you and/or your organization support this regional effort?
1. Join the South Florida Regional Partnership!
2. Execute the Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
3. Write a Letter of Support for the grant application
4. Pass a Resolution in support of this regional initiative
5. Help grow the Partnership by reaching out to potential partner organizations
6. Become a member of the application development teamThe Memorandum of Understanding, sample letter of support, and sample resolution can be accessed via www.sfrpc.com or www.tcrpc.org by clicking on the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership logo.
Will signing a Memorandum of Understanding obligate me in any way?
How is the Partnership organized?
The Executive Committee has developed and adopted a “Statement of Organization” that provides greater detail about the Partnership and its organization.
The core elements of the organization include the following:
Southeast Florida Regional Partnership: Provides a regional forum for discussion and consensus building on issues of importance toSoutheast Florida. The Partnership will develop and approve the Seven50 Plan and support its implementation through individual and collective action. The Partnership will conduct its work through issue-specific Work Groups augmented by summits of the entire Partnership during the visioning and plan development process. In parallel with the visioning process, the Partnership will explore options for a long-term optimal structure to assist with implementation, progress review, and future updates. The intent is for the Partnership to develop a long-term structure for its ongoing operations by the conclusion of the visioning process.
Partnership Work Groups: These work groups will frame and shape the issues and policy conversation around the Seven50 Plan. Members serve as regional subject matter experts in identified issue areas, and develop technical and policy recommendations and draft products for review by the Partnership. Participation in the Work Groups is voluntary, and open to everyone. The SCI Executive Committee will ensure that the membership of each Work Group reflects a mix of perspectives among the public, private, and civic sectors; among subareas and types of communities in the region (coastal, urban, suburban, and rural); and among socioeconomic/ethnic groups including traditionally underrepresented groups.
Sustainable Communities Grant Consortium: Serves as the core team within the Partnership for meeting HUD requirements and carrying out activities to develop the Seven50 Plan. Consortium participants agree to the basic commitments and responsibilities outlined for Partnership members above, as well as the additional commitment of leveraged resources in terms of staff, financial investment, or other resources.
Executive Committee: The Executive Committee provides oversight of the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant; approves the overall work plan; recommends the selection of staff and consultants to the Regional Planning Council boards for action; provides guidance to the Project Director and Project Team; provides policy direction for the Seven50 Plan; ensures that all constituencies have meaningful opportunities to engage and shape the process; identifies and resolves significant issues arising during the process; and recommends the final regional vision, Seven50 Plan, and implementation plan. The Executive Committee currently has two subcommittees to guide its initial work: an Operations Subcommittee and an Organization and Subcommittee.
Project Team: The Project Team consists of the Sustainable Communities Initiative Project Director, the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership Coordinator who also serves as HUD’s Designated Point of Contact, the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council Partnership Coordinator, Dover Kohl & Partners and selected subconsultants, the Executive Directors of the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and other team members as identified.
Regional Planning Councils: The Partnership is supported by the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils. Both Councils are part of the Project Team and Consortium Partners. The South Florida Regional Planning Council is the fiscally responsible grantee entity who will ensure that grant requirements are met.