Collier County 2015 Floodplain Management Plan

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Purpose of the Floodplain Management Plan:

The purpose of the Floodplain Management Plan is to reduce or eliminate risk to people and property from flood hazards. Every community faces different hazards, and every community has different resources to draw upon when addressing problems. Planning is one of the best ways to develop a customized program that will mitigate the impacts of flood hazards while taking into account the unique character of a community. A well prepared floodplain management plan will ensure that all possible activities are reviewed and implemented so that the problem is addressed with the most appropriate and efficient solutions. The Plan also assists to ensure that activities are coordinated with each other and with other goals and activities, preventing conflicts and reducing the costs of implementing each individual activity.

Planning Process:

Collier County followed the planning process prescribed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and this Plan was developed by a consultant and under the guidance of a Floodplain Management Planning Committee (FMPC). The FMPC is comprised of representatives of Collier County Departments, local citizens, and other community members. The FMPC conducted a risk assessment that identified and profiled flood hazards that pose a risk to the County, assessed the County’s vulnerability to these hazards, and examined the capabilities in place to mitigate them.

Adopted Plan:

The 2015 Floodplain Management Plan was adopted by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners on March 10th, per Resolution Number 2015-41.

CRS Requirement and Credit Received:

Communities that participate in the Community Rating System (CRS) program that obtain a rating of 7 or better (Collier County is a Class 5 and two classes better than a 7) and which have 10 or more repetitive loss properties (Collier County has 32 repetitive loss properties) are required to conduct a FMP update every five years. The FMP may only be amended by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners and is updated on a 5-year cycle.
The 2015 Plan was approved by FEMA and the County received points towards the County’s CRS rating.

Floodplain Management planning goals:

Based on the risk assessment developed for each of the flood hazards identified above, the FMPC identified goals and objectives for reducing the County’s vulnerability to the hazard.

Goal 1 – Reduce vulnerability and exposure to flood hazards in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and guests.

Goal 2 – Encourage property owners, through education and outreach measures, to protect their homes and businesses from flood damage.

Goal 3 – Reduce the vulnerability of critical facilities and infrastructure from the effects of flood hazards.

Goal 4 – Protect natural resources by employing watershed-based approaches that balance environmental, economic and engineering considerations.

Goal 5 – Minimize adverse impacts to surrounding areas and watershed functions.



For assistance: Contact the Flood Information Hotline at (239)252-2942 or email

Visit: Growth Management Department, 2800 N. Horseshoe Dr., Naples, FL 34104

Page updated as of 04/05/18

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