What is a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan
A post-disaster redevelopment plan (PDRP) is a requirement of all Florida coastal counties and municipalities, and is encouraged for inland communities. It identifies how a community will redevelop and recover long-term after a disaster. The plan covers policies, operational strategies, and roles and responsibilities for implementation that will guide decisions that affect long-term recovery and redevelopment of the community after a disaster. The plan emphasizes seizing opportunities for hazard mitigation and community improvement, in line with the goals of the local comprehensive plan and with full participation of the citizens.
Recovery topics addressed in the plan include business resumption and economic redevelopment, housing repair and reconstruction, infrastructure restoration and mitigation, short-term recovery actions that affect long-term redevelopment, sustainable land use, environmental restoration, and financial considerations as well as other long-term recovery issues identified by the community.
There are many reasons to develop a PDRP and even more to maintain and implement it. Polk County is vulnerable to the impacts of hurricanes, including flooding and hurricane-force winds. Hurricanes have hit Polk County, as witnessed by the active Hurricane Season of 2004. The County's Local Mitigation Strategy details these risks and identifies pre-disaster projects to mitigate hazard impacts.
A PDRP would build upon these efforts by developing a strategy for achieving a faster and more disaster-resilient long-term recovery. A disaster, while tragic, can also create opportunities to better the community. As we watch the continuing recovery of the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina, it is clear that having an organized, planned approach to dealing with long-term recovery before a disaster strikes puts communities in a better position to more rapidly recover in a sustainable manner.
Post Disaster Redevelopment Plan
Because disasters often cross geographical boundaries, Polk County involved all local municipalities in the development of this plan.
A stakeholder is every person who lives, works, owns a business or property in Polk County.
The stakeholder group has been divided into six workgroup committees that will provide expertise on major recovery issues for the county including:
- Government operations
- Buildiing and Historic Preservation
- Land use / Environment
- Health and human services
If your group or business would like to serve on the committees, please contact staff using the Public Comment Form.
Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan - Meeting Schedule
All meetings will be announced on this website and open to any interested citizens to attend.
All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. For additional assistance, please call us.
Let Us Know What You Think
If you would like to participate in the Workgroup Committee, ask a question or make a comment on the plan, please fill out the Public Comment Form.
If you would like to be notified of upcoming workgroup committee, public meetings or receive updates on this process, please sign-up for email updates.