RFP: Improving Floodplain Management in Mobile and Baldwin Counties

Request for Proposals
Improving Floodplain Management in Mobile and Baldwin Counties

Deadline for Submission: April 19, 2019 at 5 p.m. Central Time

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Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is seeking proposals from local units of government in Mobile and Baldwin Counties to address flooding resilience and enhance local floodplain management activities. This competitive funding opportunity is administered by the Alabama Coastal Area Management Program utilizing federal funds provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pursuant to Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

Purpose of Funding Opportunity

The overall goal of this funding opportunity is to help communities take action to address flooding vulnerabilities and mitigate flood impacts through non-structural measures. Funds may not be used for construction, maintenance, or land acquisition.

Funding Opportunity Objectives

  • Identify possible measures and initiate implementing measures that will reduce flooding in a community and/or improve the effectiveness of local floodplain management programs
  • Increase community dialog about flood risk and preparedness
  • Encourage communities to take action beyond the National Flood Insurance Program’s minimum standards, including implementation of activities outlined in the 2017 Community Rating System Coordinator’s Manual
  • Assist communities not already enrolled in the Community Rating System program to evaluate what additional actions (if any) are needed to meet the program’s minimum requirements

Funding Amount: The preferred minimum funding amount is $10,000, and the preferred maximum is $25,000. Match is encouraged but is not required. Funds may not be used for construction, maintenance, or land acquisition. Funds may be used to hire a consultant or provide staff support to complete all or a portion of a community’s project.

Eligible Applicants: Coastal units of government including Mobile County, Baldwin County, and municipalities or tribal governments within Mobile and Baldwin counties are eligible to apply for and receive funds through this request. Selected communities must agree to participate in the South Alabama Flood Engagement Team (SAFE-T) during the project period.

Example Project Types  – The following project types are provided as examples. Communities may submit proposals for other project types that meet the funding opportunity objectives.

  • Enhance Floodplain Management Program: Projects that strengthen the effectiveness of a community’s existing floodplain management program, such as
    • taking steps to join the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
    • taking steps to join the NFIP Community Rating System (CRS) program, including completing the CRS Quick Check tool for documenting current activities and calculating possible credit points
    • developing and implementing new procedures for permit reviews in the Special Flood Hazard Area
    • hiring a consultant to identify areas for improvement in your local floodplain management program
  • Review or Update Standards and Other Management Measures: Projects to develop, amend, and implement local ordinances, bylaws, planning standards, and other management measures to reduce flood damages and impacts. Projects intended to result in formal local adoption are strongly encouraged. Examples include:
    • adopting the Alabama model flood damage prevention ordinance for coastal communities
    • amending current subdivision regulations or zoning ordinance to address flooding
    • adopting regulations that encourage developers to set aside flood-prone areas as flowage easements
    • equiring freeboard above the base flood elevation
    • prohibiting installation of new septic systems in the floodplain
    • adopting and implementing a department standard to inspect and regularly maintain natural channels within the community
    • prohibiting the dumping or disposal of debris throughout the community’s drainage system
  • Public Education and Communication: Projects that increase public understanding of flood risk and develop support for management measures and other actions to address flood impacts, including the purchase of flood insurance. Creative communication products that provide ongoing benefits and can be adopted by other communities (or are developed in coordination with multiple communities) are strongly encouraged. Examples include:
    • working with real estate agencies or realtor associations to provide flood hazard information to prospective buyers
    • working with property owners’ associations to provide flood hazard information to current property owners
    • conducting a flood insurance coverage assessment and implementing an outreach plan to improve coverage
  • Flood Damage Reduction and Preserving Natural Floodplain Functions: Projects that strengthen a community’s ability to acquire or relocate existing buildings out of the flood hazard area and preserve a floodplain’s natural functions through the preservation of open space and green infrastructure approaches. Examples include: o identifying and mapping buildings in the regulatory floodplain that could be considered for acquisition, relocation, and/or removal
    • identifying and mapping flood-prone areas to consider for open space preservation
    • identifying and planning for non-structural (or green infrastructure) approaches that enhance natural floodplain functions and provide flood damage protection

Submission: Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on April 19, 2019. Application forms must be submitted electronically to Will Underwood (will.underwood@dcnr.alabama.gov) using the application form located at www.alabamacoastalprograms.com Funding for selected projects will be provided in two rounds. Projects selected in the first round will begin on July 1st, 2019 and must be completed by March 31st, 2020. Projects selected in the second round will begin on October 1st, 2019 and must be completed by September 30th, 2020.

Timeline:

April 19, 2019 Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. Central Time
June 1, 2019 Applicants will be notified of their selection status

Applicants should be prepared to discuss their proposals and how it relates to improved floodplain management at any time during the review period. A meeting or conference call may be arranged if the review panel has additional questions for the applicant.

Questions: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff if assistance or guidance is needed.

Mike Shelton 251-928-9792 mike.shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov
Will Underwood 251-621-1216 will.underwood@dcnr.alabama.gov

Projects will be viewed favorably if they:

  • Involve implementation of permanent measures with ongoing benefits (for example, adopting enhanced regulatory standards in a new or updated flood damage prevention ordinance)
  • Have strong support from city/county officials, local organizations, and/or other relevant boards and commissions within the community as demonstrated by a letter of support, dedicated staff time to the project, and/or leveraged funding
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