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

  1. 1. APA Florida <br />2011 Conference<br />Sustainable Economic Development with Limited Resources:<br />The City of Sebastian‘s Green Approach<br />9.9.11<br />
  2. 2. Sustainable Economic Development with Limited Resources: The City of Sebastian‘s Green Approach<br />2<br />Rebecca Grohall, AICP<br />Brandon Schaad, AICP, LEED AP<br />NilsaZacarias, AICP<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Sebastian<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />
  6. 6. POPULATION PROJECTION <br />6<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />Median monthly housing cost-$1,380<br />Renters-$918<br />
  8. 8. POPULATION TREND<br />8<br />21,929<br />16,181<br />10,205<br />2,831<br />825<br />698<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />
  10. 10. Means of Transportation to Work<br />10<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Percent graduated from high school<br />16 Percent bachelor degree or higher<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />35 Percent - professional-educational, and health care<br />15 Percent- Retail <br />14 Percent - construction<br />
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  14. 14. Fiscal Constraints<br />14<br />
  15. 15. What is Sustainability?<br />15<br /><ul><li>Many Different Definitions
  16. 16. Common Concepts:
  17. 17. “capacity to endure”
  18. 18. Potential for long-term maintenance of well-being (environmental, economic, social)
  19. 19. "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)</li></li></ul><li>What is Sustainability?<br />16<br />
  20. 20. What Does Sustainable Economic Development Mean in Sebastian?<br />17<br /><ul><li>Balanced Community: land use, housing, transportation choices, demographics, jobs
  21. 21. Responsible Use of Indigenous Resources: invest in eco-tourism, fishing/water based recreation, “Old Florida” charm and history
  22. 22. Conservation / Responsible Consumption: efficient use of resources, reduce energy consumption, lifestyle changes needed to preserve natural beauty
  23. 23. Fiscal Responsibility: short- and long-term ability to deliver services needed to succeed economically while keeping tax burden low
  24. 24. Build the Green Economy of the Future: attract Green jobs in expected future growth industries, build a reputation for conservative environmental responsibility</li></li></ul><li>What is a Green Economy?<br />
  25. 25. 19<br />
  26. 26. “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”<br /> Brad Collins, Executive Director, <br />ASES American Solar Energy Society <br />20<br />
  27. 27. Reduce dependence on fossil fuels<br />Lower utility bills<br />No C02 emissions<br />Strengthen National Security <br />Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient<br />21<br />
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  30. 30. FACTS<br />GERMANY<br />Population- One-quarter <br /> the size of U.S.<br />+ Renewable energy jobs and generates new jobs faster than U.S. (RE jobs increased 36% in two years)<br />5x wind sector jobs <br /> 4x the photovoltaic solar jobs than U.S.<br />Produces half wind rotors of the world , <br />one-third solar panels<br />24<br />
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  32. 32. FACTS<br />UK - 2010<br />1.2 Billion Investment<br />Offshore Wind Farm turbines will create power for 200,000 homes (300 MW of power)<br />26<br />Offshore wind farm increases UK’s wind energy capacity 30% - UK is now the world’s largest producer of wind energy<br />2020 UK’s renewable energy target – to generate one- third of its electricity via renewable sources<br />
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  34. 34. RE & EE by 2030<br />+ 4.5 million new jobs<br />- 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions annually-(57% EE- 43%RE)<br />Green jobs – diverse range of skills - construction, professional services, public sector, retail , truck transportation, manufacturing (metal and electrical equipment)<br />28<br />
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  36. 36. FLORIDA <br />US Third Largest Energy Consumer <br />Office of Energy within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - primary organization for state energy and climate change programs and policies<br />Senate Bill 2156 <br />Development of strategic energy policy – Dr. Mary Bane – Special Advisor on Energy Policy-<br />“develop an energy policy for our state that strikes a balance of affordability, reliability and sustainable resources” <br />Gov. Rick Scott<br />30<br />
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  39. 39. FLORIDA<br />2009 American Recovery and<br />Reinvestment Act (ARRA)<br />State Energy Program (SEP) $126,089,000<br />Florida portfolio of new energy-related programs<br />Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG): $30,401,600<br /><ul><li>Allocate 60% of the EECBG funds to eligible counties and municipalities - competitive grant process
  40. 40. Remaining EECBG funds - eligible programs and initiatives</li></ul> <br />Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate: $17,585,466<br />All rebate funds are no longer available <br />Energy Assurance Grant Program: $1,881,676<br />Collaborative effort - several state agencies to review and strengthen Florida’s Energy Assurance Plan by incorporating smart grid improvements and renewable energy facilities<br /> <br />33<br />
  41. 41. 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)<br />EECBG- Energy Efficient and Conservation Block Grant Funds<br /><ul><li>Reduce fossil fuel emissions
  42. 42. Reduce total energy use
  43. 43. Improve energy efficiency – building and transportation</li></ul>Town of Lantana- $217,000- Convert existing building to “green” facility:<br /><ul><li>Roof-top photovoltaic system to generate electricity for the building – sell extra to FP&L
  44. 44. Solar water heating system , high efficiency air conditioning and windows, and green insulation </li></ul>34<br />
  45. 45. UTILITY COMPANIES – green approach<br />Progress Energy Florida-PEF<br /><ul><li>Residential Solar Rebate Programs</li></ul>Water Heating Rebate - 85% savings - $550 rebate and credits on monthly energy bill<br />Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels<br /> Rebate of $2 per watt installed (for up to 10 kW) - Oct. 4, 2011, apply for the 2012 rebates<br /><ul><li>SunSense® Schools –funding for </li></ul> energy education- photovoltaic (PV) solar panels for schools<br />35<br /><br />
  46. 46. UTILITY COMPANIES – green approach<br />36<br />Florida Power & Light - FPL<br />Solar Energy Centers<br />Constructed three solar power plants - created 110 megawatts of clean energy for 4.5 million customers<br />DeSoto Solar Energy Center<br />Martin Solar Energy<br />Center<br />Space Coast Solar Energy Center<br />
  47. 47. 37<br /><ul><li>Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
  48. 48. Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
  49. 49. Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
  50. 50. Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation
  51. 51. Interconnection and net metering - learn more about Customer-Owned Renewable Generation</li></ul>UTILITY COMPANIES – green approach<br />Florida Power & Light - FPL<br />Solar Rebate Dollars Programs <br />As part of a five-year pilot program authorized by Florida Public Service Commission<br /><ul><li>PhotovoltaicPanels rebate reopen application process on August 30, 2011
  52. 52. Solar Water Heater for Residential and Commercial Rebates</li></ul> Rebates of $1,000 for every new residential solar water heater<br /> <br />Interconnection and Net Metering<br />Customer Owned Generation<br />
  53. 53. 38<br />Provide electricity to residences or facilities<br />Allows customers to interconnect approved renewable to electric grid generation systems<br /> <br />
  54. 54. City of Sebastian<br />39<br />Electrical Contractor<br />Complete Solar<br />Solar Photovoltaic power systems services:<br />designing<br />engineering permitting installation<br />
  55. 55. In The News Now…<br />1.5 Billion Solar Farm <br />August 15, 2011<br />National Solar Power - 4 communities in Florida to become home of the world’s<br />largest solar farm – Gadsden,<br />Hardee, Osceola and Suwannee <br />Counties –<br />First phase up and running within six months of breaking ground. Hensel Phelps Construction Co., will design, build and operate the solar farms<br />40<br />National Solar Power’s planned 400-megawatt solar farm - renewable energy to power 32,000 homes<br />
  56. 56. In The News Now…<br />PALM BEACH COUNTY<br />County Commissioners adopted development regulations – 500-foot-tall wind turbines– wind power to produce electricity (August 29, 2011)<br />41<br />County effort to become state’s leader in wind power<br />Wind Capita Group proposes 80 wind turbines near Belle Glade (16,000 acres)<br />
  57. 57. Sebastian’s Approach<br />
  58. 58. Projects Examined:<br />43<br />2010 Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)<br />2010 Comprehensive Plan Economic Development Element (New)<br />2010 CRA Master Plan Update<br />2011 Riverfront Parking Study<br />Various City Initiatives<br />Sustainable Long-Term Economic Development Strategy<br />
  59. 59. Types of Strategies<br />44<br /><ul><li>Land Use / Redevelopment </li></ul> Strategies<br /><ul><li>Transportation System Strategies
  60. 60. Housing Strategies
  61. 61. Business Support / Expansion Strategies</li></li></ul><li>Land Use / Redevelopment Strategies<br />45<br /><ul><li>Development of Higher Density “Nodes” at Strategic Locations
  62. 62. Improved Urban </li></ul> Environment in the <br /> Riverfront<br />
  63. 63. Land Use / Redevelopment Strategies<br />46<br /><ul><li>Cooperative Planning for Future Development / Annexation Areas
  64. 64. Preservation / Restoration of Historic and Heritage Resources</li></li></ul><li>Land Use / Redevelopment Strategies<br />47<br /><ul><li>Provide Sites Ready for Employment-Generating Uses</li></li></ul><li>Transportation System Strategies<br />48<br /><ul><li>Connect “nodes” via Transit and Bicycle / Pedestrian Facilities
  65. 65. Encourage Alternative Transportation Via Development Regulation</li></li></ul><li>Transportation System Strategies<br />49<br /><ul><li>Provide Motorcycle / Scooter Parking in the Riverfront
  66. 66. Improved Pedestrian Environment in the Riverfront
  67. 67. Prepare for Potential Future Rail Service</li></li></ul><li>Housing Strategies<br />50<br /><ul><li>Develop Higher Density Housing in “Node” Areas
  68. 68. Encourage Appropriate Residential Development in the Riverfront</li></li></ul><li>Housing Strategies<br />51<br /><ul><li>Ensure Existing Low-Density Single-Family Areas Benefit from Transportation / Recreation Improvements
  69. 69. Provide Connections Between Housing and Jobs</li></li></ul><li>Business Support/Expansion Strategies<br />52<br /><ul><li>Incentives for Target Industries</li></ul>(i.e. Clean Energy, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Eco-Tourism)<br /><ul><li>Aggressive Marketing of City’s “Green” Economic Development Efforts
  70. 70. Regulatory Relief</li></li></ul><li>Business Support/Expansion Strategies<br />53<br /><ul><li>Public-Private Partnerships
  71. 71. Development of Eco- and Heritage Tourism</li></li></ul><li>54<br />
  72. 72. Links<br /><ul><li>www.flaseia.orgFlaSEIA Florida Solar Energy Industries Association
  73. 73. Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. US Department of Energy
  74. 74. Energy Information Administration 
  75. 75. EECBG Program
  76. 76. National Solar Power </li></ul>55<br />
  77. 77. 56<br /> THANK YOU!<br />