LauderTrac: Tracking Progress on City Commission Priorities for 2020
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission's top priorities for 2020 include Infrastructure, Waterway Quality, Resiliency, Homelessness and Housing Opportunities, Transportation and Traffic, and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Master Plan. Below are updates on the progress that is being made in each area.
New Sewer Pipeline Project 30% Complete
The City of Fort Lauderdale continues to make outstanding progress on the construction of a new 7.5 mile wastewater transmission line that will run from the Coral Ridge Country Club Wastewater Lift Station near Bayview Drive and NE 37 Street to the G.T. Lohmeyer Wastewater Treatment Plant located on SE 18 Street.
The $65 million project is 30 percent complete following the successful installation of more than two miles of pipeline covering portions of southeast and northeast Fort Lauderdale.
In the southeast part of the City, one third mile of line has been completed along SE 10 Avenue in Harbordale, and one mile of line has been installed along SE 9 Avenue in the Rio Vista and Beverly Heights neighborhoods. In northeast Fort Lauderdale, a quarter mile of new pipe has been installed on NE 18 Street in the Poinsettia Heights neighborhood, and three quarters of a mile of new line has been completed along Bayview Drive in Coral Ridge.
Site Inspections Help Prevent Pollution
The City of Fort Lauderdale participates in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, the program is designed to help keep our waterways clean through regulations that address potential sources of pollution.
As part of the initiative, the City operates an aggressive erosion and sediment control program. Construction sites are regularly inspected for compliance with the stormwater pollution prevention plan, which includes implementing appropriate dewatering measures, best management practices for construction residue, and ensuring that storm drains and catch basins are protected with proper coverings or filters to prevent sediments from entering the storm drain system and washing into the waterways.
Failure to comply may result in fines being issued or construction permits being revoked.
Proactively Managing Community Assets
Fort Lauderdale has partnered with Cityworks to create a framework for tracking its water, stormwater, and wastewater infrastructure.
Cityworks integrates with the City’s Geographic Information System to map underground infrastructure such as pipes, valves, and meters; it can also track condition, repairs, inspections, and costs. Having immediate access to this information will give City crews the critical details they need to assess equipment and labor needs from the field in real-time.
The Cityworks asset management system will also allow Fort Lauderdale to proactively plan and allocate funding and resources for future infrastructure maintenance and improvements.
City staff is compiling and verifying comprehensive asset information and plans to implement the Cityworks system before the end of the year.
Addressing Homelessness is a Top Priority
Homelessness in the U.S. is caused by many factors, such as a lack of affordable housing, insufficient income, health problems, and domestic violence to name a few. Whatever the reason, hundreds of thousands of people go homeless on a single night across the country.
For example, in 2019, there were 2,803 homeless people in Fort Lauderdale/Broward County on a given night and 14.4 homeless per 10,000 people in the general population. In addition, a recent report published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development named Fort Lauderdale/Broward County as one of the top “largely suburban” communities in the country last year for the largest number of homeless individuals, homeless veterans, and the chronically homeless.
No matter how large or small, countries, states, and cities around the world are touched by homelessness, including the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Transportation and Traffic is a top priority of the City Commission this year. With a goal of improving traffic flow and alleviating congestion in Fort Lauderdale, the focus of this initiative is to develop programs and implement strategies that enhance transportation.
Accomplishing this objective will be made possible through innovative solutions and partnerships.
Data from the 2019 Neighbor Survey reveals that transportation and traffic is also a topic of concern for neighbors and establishes overall flow of traffic as an investment priority for the City in order to increase the satisfaction rating. The results identify specific contributors to congestion that serve as areas of focus for improvement including traffic signal synchronization and the availability of alternative forms of transportation.
To learn more about the most recent neighbor survey and review past surveys, visit fortlauderdale.gov/neighborsurvey.
The City Commission has identified and prioritized the initiatives they want the City to focus on in the coming months. One of Commission’s top priorities included Implementation of both the Comprehensive Plan and the Downtown Master Plan.
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Comprehensive Plan is the City’s blueprint for existing and future development. The goals, objectives, and policies of the newly updated plan, entitled Advance Fort Lauderdale Comprehensive Plan, reflect the City’s vision for its future and outlines how the City will meet the needs of existing and future residents, visitors, and businesses.
Updates were made to all the previously existing elements including Future Land Use, Transportation, Historic Preservation, Parks and Recreation, Housing, Conservation, Coastal Management, Capital Improvement, Education, Intergovernmental Coordination, Solid Waste, Administration, and Sanitary Sewer, Water & Stormwater.