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Facilitation
Strategic Planning & Visioning
Training
  • Basic Facilitation Training: Ongoing and upon request
  • Facilitation Training: Biscayne National Park Staff, Feb. 2004
  • “Interpersonal Conflict Resolution” Training for AMERICORPS
  • “Interpersonal Conflict Resolution” Training for police departments and government staff. (Coral Gables, Lee County, City of Miami)
 

     

The South Miami-Dade Watershed Study Advisory Committee

The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) is partnering with Miami-Dade County and the South Florida Water Management District to develop a South Miami-Dade Watershed Plan. The purpose of the Watershed Plan is “to optimize the economic, social and environmental values in the watershed area by comprehensively integrating land use and water management decisions.” This Plan is designated by Miami-Dade County’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP), Land Use Policy 3E, which provides that "an integrated land use and water management plan shalll be prepared for Southeastern Miami-Dade County". The plan is being developed by Keith and Schnars, consultant for the study. An integral part of the study is obtaining the input and consent of a multi-stakeholder group, the South Miami Dade Watershed Study Advisory Committee.

In the 3.5 years it has been meeting, the Advisory Committee has identified core values, developed a mission, outlined goals and objectives, informed the consultant hiring process, and currently makes recommendations as each task of the Consultant is finalized. The Committee meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of each month.

For information or to be added to the "interested parties" list, please contact Janice Fleischer
For copies of reports and other documentation: http://www.sfrpc.com/institute/watershed.htm
Project Manager: John Hulsey, South Florida Regional Planning Council

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The Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team

The Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team was formed by a charter of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Working Group and began meeting in October, 2001. The Team’s genesis was in the recommendations that were made by the Biscayne Bay Partnership Initiative (BBPI). Ms. Fleischer has been providing agenda design, facilitation and consultation services for the Team since March, 2003.

Generally the purposes of the Team are to “integrate and coordinate restoration, enhancement, and preservation projects, plans and activities, and …work toward maintaining a functioning ecosystem while promoting a sustainable region”. Some specific purposes are: “provide a forum for public involvement, outreach and interagency coordination and communication; identify priority issues for action; create teams to address those issues as needed; make recommendations on key issues to the Working Group; identify goals and performance measures related to key issues and assess the achievement of goals; identify funding requirements; and review elements of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan that affect Biscayne Bay.”

For information or to be added to the "interested parties" list, please contact Janice Fleischer
For copies of reports and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/institute/bbrrct.htm
Project Manager: Evan Skornick, South Florida Water Management District

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Florida International University (FIU) Violence Against Women on Campus Grant

Florida International University’s Victim Advocacy Center of the Division of Student affairs was awarded the first of two grants by the U.S. Department of Justice under its Violence Against Women on Campus Grant in 2002. The first grant (2002-2003) was part of a two-year national demonstration project designed to address the problems of stalking, domestic/dating violence, sexual violence and computer network facilitated victimization (computer stalking) on college campuses. The second grant (2004-2006) was funded due to the success of the Task Force in its work on the first grant. The second grant was funded to provide the Task Force with the resources it needed to organize the writing of a Procedures Document and develop performance measures. Current Task Force meetings are scheduled every other month.

The project represents a collaborative partnership among multiple campus departments and community agencies to accomplish the following three goals: (1) Develop a Coordinated community response to campus victimization; (2) Increase and improve victim assistance services to international and non-traditional student populations; and (3) Produce culturally appropriate and sensitive prevention and awareness-oriented educational materials.

Project partners have been participating in a task force that reviewed existing policies and practices, made policy recommendations (First grant product), and develop an implementation plan (second grant, current work). Ms. Fleischer has been providing agenda design and facilitation services for the Task Force since its inception.

An important component of the work of this project will be the documentation of project efforts in order to provide a basis for policies and models for other colleges and universities throughout the United States.

For information or to be added to the "interested parties" list, please contact Janice Fleischer
For copies of reports and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/institute/vawoc.htm
Project Manager: Sherry Aaron

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State Road 7/U.S. 441 Collaborative

The State Road 7/U.S. 441 Collaborative is a unique partnership with a mission to promote the economic and aesthetic improvement of the corridor. The State Road 7/U.S. 441 Collaborative’s membership includes each of the 14 local government jurisdictions that span the State Road 7/U.S. 441 corridor in Broward County, Florida. The Collaborative also contains ex-officio membership from selected agencies and organizations. The State Road 7/U.S. 441 Collaborative is facilitated by the staff of the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

The Collaborative was formed in 2001. Ms. Fleischer assisted in the organizing and initiation of the Collaborative from 2001-2003 by designing the process, consulting with the Chair, and facilitating all meetings.

In October of 2003, the State Road 7/U.S. 441 Collaborative began work on the development of a Strategic Master Plan for the entire 25.6 mile corridor. The corridor has been divided into nine planning segments. A public design charrette has been scheduled for each segment between May 2003 and November 2005. The public design charrettes are currently being scheduled. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the charrette in your community.
The Strategic Master Plan for State Road 7 will be coordinated with each jurisdiction and agency – such as the road widening project currently underway by the Florida Department of Transportation, the Bus Rapid Transit pilot project, road resurfacing projects, and landscaping improvements to name a few.

For information about the Collaborative, contact Project Manager: David Dahlstrom
For copies of reports and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/sr7.htm

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Biscayne National Park Fisheries Management Plan Working Group

See Miami Hearld Article on Fisheries Plan - 9/25/05

Biscayne National Park and the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are partners in developing a Comprehensive Fisheries Management Plan for Biscayne National Park that will provide for the long-term management of fish and aquatic resources within the Park. The purpose of the Working Group was to assist in the development of this Plan by providing input and advisory recommendations. The Working Group was comprised of representatives from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, recreational and commercial fishermen, non-governmental organizations and academics.

During their deliberations, Members reviewed the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) of and to the fisheries in Biscayne Bay and the Park. They went on to identify issues, categories, goals and objectives. Their goals and objectives were stated in the document entitled “Desired Future Conditions” which also detailed suggested Management Action Steps to accomplish those objectives. Project Manager, Todd Kellison, Ph.D., Biscayne National Park, will use this information in composing the next iteration of the DRAFT Fisheries Management Plan. The Draft will then go back to the Working Group prior to its being presented for public comment sometime in Fall,2004 or Winter, 2005.

Ms. Fleischer provided agenda design, facilitation and consultation services for the Working Group for a series of five meetings, the first of which took place on January 27, 2004 at Biscayne National Park headquarters. The final meeting was held on May 17, 2004.

For copies of reports and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/institute/bnpfmp.htm
Project Manger: Todd Kellison, Ph.D.

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The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP): Program and Project Outreach and the Environmental and Economic Justice Program

In June, 2003, Ms. Fleischer began providing services to the Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District to assist them in updating their strategies for two program level plans: The Public Outreach Program Management Plan and The Environmental and Economic Equity Program Management Plan.

“The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is the most ambitious ecosystem restoration plan ever undertaken in the United States. This multi-billion dollar effort is designed to restore, preserve and protect the world famous South Florida ecosystem and meet other key water resource needs of the region.” The CERP is meant “to offer major benefits for the environment as well as agriculture and human users as well as enhancing water supplies and promoting a sustainable economy for the region.”

The CERP consists of two levels of activity: Program Level, which stretches across individual project lines and addresses the restoration effort in a broad sense and Project Level, which are project-specific activities for each of the components of CERP (such as: removal of a canal, construction of a reservoir, etc.). Additionally, CERP has several program management plans that are being developed. These plans identify the overall scope of work to be shared between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the South Florida Water Management District (District), the two entities primarily responsible for carrying out CERP.

On the Program level, Ms. Fleischer designed and was lead facilitator for a series of ten meetings in five locations (West Coast, Belle Glade, Broward, Dade and the Keys) across the footprint of CERP to gather information from the “connectors” of CERP targeted audiences, those representatives who have a report with both the implementer/decision makers and the general population. This information will be used by the Corps and District to update its Program Outreach and Environmental and Economic Equity Plans for the next 2-3 years. The purpose of the Outreach Plan is to provide a framework for the public outreach activities that accompany and support implementation of CERP. “Outreach” encompasses “information” and “involvement”, with an emphasis on reaching minority and underserved populations. The Environmental and Economic Equity Program Management Plan has as its purpose: “to provide a framework for the social and economic efforts that will accompany and support the implementation of the CERP”.

On the Project level, Ms. Fleischer worked with Project Outreach Specialists (OS) from the Corps and the District and designed Agendas, provided consultation, and facilitated workshops to assist the OS’s in coordinating their efforts, maximizing their resources and developing a working plan.

For more information, please contact Janice Fleischer

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The Biscayne Bay Strategic Access Plan Advisory Team

In its list of recommendations, the Biscayne Bay Partnership Initiative (BBPI) included the necessity for a strategic Access Plan for Biscayne Bay. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) was given the task of writing the Plan. TPL worked on this project in two Phases. Phase I was data collection, inventory and research related to visual and physical access to the Bay. Phase II involved gathering input from a diverse group of stakeholders on the Bay identifying goals, objectives and recommendations for improving access to the Bay. Ms. Fleischer assisted The Trust for Public Land in this process by designing and facilitating a series of nine (9) meetings for the Biscayne Bay Strategic Access Plan Advisory Team. The first meeting was held August, 2003.

For copies of reports and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/institute/bbsapat.htm
Project Manager: Amy Condon

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The Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) Land Acquisition Sub Committee

Ms. Fleischer assisted the Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) Land Acquisition Sub Committee in its deliberations toward making recommendations to the full WRAC the first week in September 2002. This committee was formed to review existing land acquisition plans and projects in connection with the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Land Acquisition Strategy and make recommendations for improving that document.

Ms. Fleischer designed the agendas and facilitated the meetings which were held every Monday beginning in July and running through the end of August, 2002. The recommendations of the Committee were presented to the WRAC on September 5, 2002.

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Visioning Services for Broward Department of Planning and Environmental Protection: Urban Tree Canopy

On August 29, 2001, The Broward County Department of Planning and Environmental Protection (DPEP) held a a visioning workshop to discuss and design a plan for improving the tree canopy in Broward County, Florida. Over 75 representatives from local governments and private sector businesses attended the workshop. Participants received information on the current state of the County’s urban tree canopy as well as making suggestions for how to improve it. The participants then identified the issues of main concern and developed objectives and actions steps to meet those objectives.

Ms. Fleischer was lead facilitator for the process in addition to designing the agenda and consulting with representatives from Broward County.

For copy of report and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/institute/urbantreecanopy.htm

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The East/Central Broward Transportation Exposition

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) held a project information sharing workshop on September 7, 2001 at FDOT headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale. Ms. Fleischer provided agenda design and facilitation services.

For copy of report and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/institute/transexpo.htm

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Department of Community Affairs/Florida Keys Affordable Housing

During 2001, The Florida Department of Community Affairs (FDCA) hosted several meetings in the Florida Keys in an effort to assist the Keys in designing and implementing a plan to address the issue of affordable housing in the Keys. During the course of the meetings, representatives from local governments met to review the current situation, discuss the obstacles to resolving this important issue, evaluate their resources and needs and begin to formulate an action plan. Additionally, a decision was made to hire a Housing Consultant to coordinate activities. The FDCA, along with other participant members offered to donate resources to support this position.

Ms. Fleischer designed the agendas and facilitated the meetings which took place in Marathon, Florida.

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The City of Miami Beach 5th Street Corridor Redevelopment Project

The City of Miami Beach Community/Economic Development Department (Department) hosted a series of five (5) public participation meetings during 2001 and 2002 to gain information and recommendations to be used as it developed The 5th Street Corridor Redevelopment Project.

Each meeting addressed a different set of topics. All of the following topics were covered:

Economic Revitalization
Public Safety
Schools
Job Training
Senior/Youth Services
Housing, Preservation and Aesthetics
Environment
Parks
Infrastructure
Transportation

The Department received a grant from the Florida Department of Community Affairs (FDCA) to sponsor the public meetings to develop an Urban Infill and Redevelopment Plan for this area. Ms. Fleischer designed the agendas, consulted with Department Staff, and facilitated each meeting.

For copy of report and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/institute/5thstreet.htm
Project Manger: David Dahlstrom, South Florida Regional Planning Council

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Northern Palm Beach County Traffic Summit

Ms. Fleischer, working with Patty Schapley of the the FIU/FAU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems (now called the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at FAU), designed the Agenda, was lead facilitator and provided support for a collaborative effort of local and county governments for the Northern Palm Beach County Traffic Summit on March 30 and 31, 2001. Approximately 100 active participants attended the Summit. This two-day event asked the participants to establish priorities for the issues and provide suggestion for solutions revolving around traffic concerns in the Northern Palm Beach/Southern Martin County area. The categories considered were: Community Character, Connectivity, Modes of Transportation, Land Use Patterns and Levels of Service.

Participants ranked the following problems as top priorities:

• Lack of Connectivity
• Urban Sprawl/Greater trip lengths
• Mass transit not used or accepted
• Constricted Roadway At Lower Level of Service (CRALLS) misuse
• No intergovernmental coordination

Results arising from the work of Summit participants are being used as input to transportation planning processes for local governments and the two counties.

Click here to download copy of report

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Visioning Services for the Town of Southwest Ranches

During the summer and fall of 2001, Ms. Fleischer and Carlos Gonzalez of The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) assisted the newly incorporated Town of Southwest Ranches in the development and implementation of a visioning process that was used to support the Town’s efforts in developing its first comprehensive master plan. The services provided included conducting stakeholder interviews and surveys, designing the visioning process, facilitating visioning workshops, and drafting of a Final Report. Each workshop was well attended by community and local government representatives including surrounding local jurisdictions and county government representatives.

For copy of report and other documentation: www.sfrpc.com/institute/swr-vision.htm
For information on visioning, contact Janice Fleischer
Project Manager: Carlos Gonzalez, South Florida Regional Planning Council

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Janice M. Fleischer, J.D. • 0ffices in Tallahassee and Miami
400 Capital Circle SE Suite 18-143 • Tallahassee, Florida 32301 • Office: 850-877-8939 Fax: 850-216-2568
Miami office: 305-815-4855
janice@flashresolutions.com