The District primarily accomplishes structural flood hazard mitigation through its five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) – the revolving funding plan for accomplishing capital projects. Guided by County strategic goals and objectives, the CIP drives design and construction of new infrastructure in conjunction with the District's planning activities.
A CIP establishes a schedule and funding for each capital improvement project according to its priority, merit and need. Additionally, the CIP is to document planned District projects to help integrate District work with the larger community by aligning District planning with other local agency planning efforts.
The District's Prioritization Procedure serves as the primary annual mechanism for evaluating new proposed capital projects for possible funding.
The Prioritization Procedure promotes a balanced approach to the evaluation of proposed projects. The District attempts to identify and support flood control and regional drainage projects that not only provide long-term protection to individuals and property from flash floods and seasonal flooding, but that also promote community development, protect natural habitats and maintain watercourse flow paths. The procedure favors projects that involve cost-sharing partnerships, allowing the District to best leverage limited financial resources.
All newly proposed projects are evaluated according to predetermined and weighted criteria by a Project Evaluation Committee: