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9/9 FRI 11:00 | Sustainable Economic Development - Sebastian
 

9/9 FRI 11:00 | Sustainable Economic Development - Sebastian

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Nilsa Zacarias
Brandon R. Schaad
Rebecca Grohall

Economic development and job creation are perennial issues for almost any community, but even more in this severe economic downturn. Recent economic conditions have affected most everyone in the public and private sector, and the City of Sebastianhas been no exception. This presentation will focus on the City of Sebastian’s efforts to strengthen their economy by maximizing
their available resources and providing a sustainable economic framework which balances land use, housing and transportation. Sebastian’s cutting edge sustainable approach is based on supporting green jobs, promoting the growth of eco-tourism and diversifying housing choices to attract a more dynamic workforce.

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  • APA Florida
    2011 Conference
    Sustainable Economic Development with Limited Resources:
    The City of Sebastian‘s Green Approach
    9.9.11
  • Sustainable Economic Development with Limited Resources: The City of Sebastian‘s Green Approach
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    Rebecca Grohall, AICP
    Brandon Schaad, AICP, LEED AP
    NilsaZacarias, AICP
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    Sebastian
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  • ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVE LANDS
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  • POPULATION PROJECTION
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    Median monthly housing cost-$1,380
    Renters-$918
  • POPULATION TREND
    8
    21,929
    16,181
    10,205
    2,831
    825
    698
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  • Means of Transportation to Work
    10
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    Percent graduated from high school
    16 Percent bachelor degree or higher
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    35 Percent - professional-educational, and health care
    15 Percent- Retail
    14 Percent - construction
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  • Fiscal Constraints
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  • What is Sustainability?
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    • Many Different Definitions
    • Common Concepts:
    • “capacity to endure”
    • Potential for long-term maintenance of well-being (environmental, economic, social)
    • "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs…” (United Nations, 1987)
  • What is Sustainability?
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  • What Does Sustainable Economic Development Mean in Sebastian?
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    • Balanced Community: land use, housing, transportation choices, demographics, jobs
    • Responsible Use of Indigenous Resources: invest in eco-tourism, fishing/water based recreation, “Old Florida” charm and history
    • Conservation / Responsible Consumption: efficient use of resources, reduce energy consumption, lifestyle changes needed to preserve natural beauty
    • Fiscal Responsibility: short- and long-term ability to deliver services needed to succeed economically while keeping tax burden low
    • Build the Green Economy of the Future: attract Green jobs in expected future growth industries, build a reputation for conservative environmental responsibility
  • What is a Green Economy?
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  • “The twin challenge of climate change and economic stagnation can be solved by the same action-broad, aggressive, sustained deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency”
    Brad Collins, Executive Director,
    ASES American Solar Energy Society
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  • Reduce dependence on fossil fuels
    Lower utility bills
    No C02 emissions
    Strengthen National Security
    Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient
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  • FACTS
    GERMANY
    Population- One-quarter
    the size of U.S.
    + Renewable energy jobs and generates new jobs faster than U.S. (RE jobs increased 36% in two years)
    5x wind sector jobs
    4x the photovoltaic solar jobs than U.S.
    Produces half wind rotors of the world ,
    one-third solar panels
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  • FACTS
    UK - 2010
    1.2 Billion Investment
    Offshore Wind Farm turbines will create power for 200,000 homes (300 MW of power)
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    Offshore wind farm increases UK’s wind energy capacity 30% - UK is now the world’s largest producer of wind energy
    2020 UK’s renewable energy target – to generate one- third of its electricity via renewable sources
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  • RE & EE by 2030
    + 4.5 million new jobs
    - 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions annually-(57% EE- 43%RE)
    Green jobs – diverse range of skills - construction, professional services, public sector, retail , truck transportation, manufacturing (metal and electrical equipment)
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  • FLORIDA
    US Third Largest Energy Consumer
    Office of Energy within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - primary organization for state energy and climate change programs and policies
    Senate Bill 2156
    Development of strategic energy policy – Dr. Mary Bane – Special Advisor on Energy Policy-
    “develop an energy policy for our state that strikes a balance of affordability, reliability and sustainable resources”
    Gov. Rick Scott
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  • FLORIDA
    2009 American Recovery and
    Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
    State Energy Program (SEP) $126,089,000
    Florida portfolio of new energy-related programs
    Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG): $30,401,600
    • Allocate 60% of the EECBG funds to eligible counties and municipalities - competitive grant process
    • Remaining EECBG funds - eligible programs and initiatives
     
    Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate: $17,585,466
    All rebate funds are no longer available 
    Energy Assurance Grant Program: $1,881,676
    Collaborative effort - several state agencies to review and strengthen Florida’s Energy Assurance Plan by incorporating smart grid improvements and renewable energy facilities
     
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  • 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
    EECBG- Energy Efficient and Conservation Block Grant Funds
    • Reduce fossil fuel emissions
    • Reduce total energy use
    • Improve energy efficiency – building and transportation
    Town of Lantana- $217,000- Convert existing building to “green” facility:
    • Roof-top photovoltaic system to generate electricity for the building – sell extra to FP&L
    • Solar water heating system , high efficiency air conditioning and windows, and green insulation
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  • UTILITY COMPANIES – green approach
    Progress Energy Florida-PEF
    • Residential Solar Rebate Programs
    Water Heating Rebate - 85% savings - $550 rebate and credits on monthly energy bill
    Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels
    Rebate of $2 per watt installed (for up to 10 kW) - Oct. 4, 2011, apply for the 2012 rebates
    • SunSense® Schools –funding for
    energy education- photovoltaic (PV) solar panels for schools
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    www.progress-energy.com
  • UTILITY COMPANIES – green approach
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    Florida Power & Light - FPL
    Solar Energy Centers
    Constructed three solar power plants - created 110 megawatts of clean energy for 4.5 million customers
    DeSoto Solar Energy Center
    Martin Solar Energy
    Center
    Space Coast Solar Energy Center
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    • Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
    • Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
    • Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
    • Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
    • Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
    UTILITY COMPANIES – green approach
    Florida Power & Light - FPL
    Solar Rebate Dollars Programs
    As part of a five-year pilot program authorized by Florida Public Service Commission
    • PhotovoltaicPanels rebate reopen application process on August 30, 2011
    • Solar Water Heater for Residential and Commercial Rebates
    Rebates of $1,000 for every new residential solar water heater
     
    Interconnection and Net Metering
    Customer Owned Generation
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    Provide electricity to residences or facilities
    Allows customers to interconnect approved renewable to electric grid generation systems
    www.FPL.com/netmetering 
  • City of Sebastian
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    Electrical Contractor
    Complete Solar
    Solar Photovoltaic power systems services:
    designing
    engineering permitting installation
  • In The News Now…
    1.5 Billion Solar Farm
    August 15, 2011
    National Solar Power - 4 communities in Florida to become home of the world’s
    largest solar farm – Gadsden,
    Hardee, Osceola and Suwannee
    Counties –
    First phase up and running within six months of breaking ground. Hensel Phelps Construction Co., will design, build and operate the solar farms
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    National Solar Power’s planned 400-megawatt solar farm - renewable energy to power 32,000 homes
  • In The News Now…
    PALM BEACH COUNTY
    County Commissioners adopted development regulations – 500-foot-tall wind turbines– wind power to produce electricity (August 29, 2011)
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    County effort to become state’s leader in wind power
    Wind Capita Group proposes 80 wind turbines near Belle Glade (16,000 acres)
  • Sebastian’s Approach
  • Projects Examined:
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    2010 Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)
    2010 Comprehensive Plan Economic Development Element (New)
    2010 CRA Master Plan Update
    2011 Riverfront Parking Study
    Various City Initiatives
    Sustainable Long-Term Economic Development Strategy
  • Types of Strategies
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    • Land Use / Redevelopment
    Strategies
    • Transportation System Strategies
    • Housing Strategies
    • Business Support / Expansion Strategies
  • Land Use / Redevelopment Strategies
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    • Development of Higher Density “Nodes” at Strategic Locations
    • Improved Urban
    Environment in the
    Riverfront
  • Land Use / Redevelopment Strategies
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    • Cooperative Planning for Future Development / Annexation Areas
    • Preservation / Restoration of Historic and Heritage Resources
  • Land Use / Redevelopment Strategies
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    • Provide Sites Ready for Employment-Generating Uses
  • Transportation System Strategies
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    • Connect “nodes” via Transit and Bicycle / Pedestrian Facilities
    • Encourage Alternative Transportation Via Development Regulation
  • Transportation System Strategies
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    • Provide Motorcycle / Scooter Parking in the Riverfront
    • Improved Pedestrian Environment in the Riverfront
    • Prepare for Potential Future Rail Service
  • Housing Strategies
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    • Develop Higher Density Housing in “Node” Areas
    • Encourage Appropriate Residential Development in the Riverfront
  • Housing Strategies
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    • Ensure Existing Low-Density Single-Family Areas Benefit from Transportation / Recreation Improvements
    • Provide Connections Between Housing and Jobs
  • Business Support/Expansion Strategies
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    • Incentives for Target Industries
    (i.e. Clean Energy, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Eco-Tourism)
    • Aggressive Marketing of City’s “Green” Economic Development Efforts
    • Regulatory Relief
  • Business Support/Expansion Strategies
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    • Public-Private Partnerships
    • Development of Eco- and Heritage Tourism
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  • Links
    • www.flaseia.orgFlaSEIA Florida Solar Energy Industries Association
    • www.dsireusa.org Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. US Department of Energy
    • www.eia.gov Energy Information Administration 
    • http://www.eecbg.energy.gov EECBG Program
    • www.natlsolar.com National Solar Power
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    THANK YOU!