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  • Floodplain Management Plan

    The Pima County Regional Flood Control District (District) is seeking your input on the preparation of a Floodplain Management Plan for approval by the Flood Control District Board of Directors (Board). The District strives to use forward-looking floodplain management planning practices to minimize the risk of flood and erosion damage for all county residents, property and infrastructure.

    For more information contact:
    Greg Saxe, Ph.D.
    Community Rating System Coordinator
    (520) 724-4600

    These efforts include identifying high flood risk areas, preserving natural watercourses, constructing flood control facilities, establishing locally appropriate development standards, distributing public information, providing early warning, and responding to flood emergencies. This plan will help the District identify the activities that will be most effective in each of the watersheds in unincorporated Pima County.

    What's Happening Currently

    February 12, 2020
    The Committee will meet to review the action plan including specific activities in each watershed. 

    Meeting Agenda
    Action Plan current as of February 11, 2020

    February 26, 2020
    Dr. Greg Saxe will present to the Planning and Zoning Commission an overview of the Floodplain Management Plan process and will highlight the action plan as approved by the Committee.

    March 3, 2020
    A public meeting will be held at the Joel D. Valdez Library, Basement Conference Room, from 10AM-2PM. More information will be available after the February 12, 2020 Committee meeting.

    Step 1 - Project Organization

    Resolution NO. 2018-FC 6, A Resolution of the Pima County Flood Control District Board of Directors Approving Initiation of a Floodplain Management Plan Process as part of the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System All Areas Map
    Fact Sheet Floodplain Management Plan Planning Process Powerpoint Planning Committee

    Step 2 - Community Involvement Survey

    Click HERE to take the survey online
    Click HERE to print the survey
    Click HERE for the survey results

    Step 3 - Interagency Coordination

    In addition to membership on the Planning Committee, survey, website and public meetings the District seeks input from partner agencies and organizations. To date these have included the National Weather Service, Cadden Community Management, Coronado National Forest, Pima Association of Governments, Sonoran Institute, Arizona Department of Water Resources, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, San Xavier District, and Tohono O’odham Nation. Please contact Greg Saxe if you wish to discuss planning partnership opportunities.

    Step 4 & 5 - Hazard and Problem Assessment (see Watersheds tab)

    Aggregated Problem List for all Watersheds

    Step 6 - Floodplain Management Plan Goals

    Floodplain Management Plan Goals

    Step 7 - Activity Review

    Chapter 7 of the DRAFT report
    Excerpt from the 2017 CRS Manual, authorized activities list

    Step 8 - Action Plan

    Action plan spreadsheet (under construction)

    Step 9 - DRAFT plan

    DRAFT Floodplain Management Plan

    Public Meetings (TBD)
    Board of Supervisors Hearing (TBD) 

    February 12, 2020
    The Committee will meet to review the action plan including specific activities in each watershed. 

    Meeting Agenda
    Action Plan current as of February 11, 2020

    December 16, 2019
    The Committee finalized the goals and began reviewing activities to address those goals.

    Meeting Agenda
    Meeting Minutes

    November 25, 2019
    The Committee finalized the aggregated problem list from the watershed assessments and drafted a set of goals to address each problem.

    Meeting Agenda
    Meeting Minutes

    November 4, 2019
    Since the third Committee meeting held July 22, 2019, District staff has completed a complete DRAFT of the plan. The only items excluded are the complete problem list, selected goals and activities, and implementation plan. The complete problem list will be provided prior to the meeting. The DRAFT is available on the project webpage. It includes process write up, review of existing plans, hazard and problem assessments, activity review and exemplary problem list, goals and selected activities. This represents the most challenging phase of committee participation, identifying goals to address each listed problem and reviewing which of the 6 authorized activities are appropriate. Accordingly meeting frequency for the next two months will increase.

    Meeting Agenda
    Meeting Minutes

    July 22, 2019
    The next planning committee meeting is Monday, July 22 at 1:30 p.m., in the 9th floor of the Public Works Building. A set of problem assessment fact sheets have been developed. These sheets are intended to stimulate discussion and help the Committee guide development of the more detailed draft assessment of each watershed for consideration in the next steps; setting goals and reviewing activities.

    Meeting Agenda
    Meeting Minutes

    May/June, 2019

    FMP Committee members have been meeting regularly with District staff to evaluate individual watersheds and provide feedback. Staff are preparing data for review.

    April 15, 2019
    Second Planning Committee meeting at Pima County Regional Flood Control Office, Conference Rooms A/B, starting at 1:30 P.M. Click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation. Watershed specific maps have been uploaded to the respective webpages (see below tab). Stakeholders are being asked to provide any information they may have on additional flood hazards.

    Meeting Agenda
    Meeting Minutes

    December 6, 2018
    First Planning Committee meeting at Pima County Regional Flood Control Office, Conference Rooms A/B, starting at 1:00 P.M. Click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation.

    Meeting Agenda
    Meeting Minutes

    October, 2018
    On October 2, 2018 The Board of Supervisor's directed the District to conduct a public process to develop a Floodplain Management Plan for their approval. The District has sent invitations to prospective committee members, and a potential meeting will be held early winter before 2019. Look for current messages in this space for future updates.

    Project Schedule

    • October 2018 – Board directs District to start the Floodplain Management Plan process.
    • October 2018 – Establish Planning Committee according to guidelines.
    • Fall 2018 – Begin conducting informational meetings in impacted areas and continue throughout  as needed.
    • Summer 2018/19 - Assess known hazards and exposure of people and property.
    • Fall 2019 - Set goals, review possible activities, and draft an action plan.
    • Winter 2019 – Conduct meetings for the public to comment on the draft plan.
    • 2020 – Request approval by the Board.

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