Local and Regional Climate Change Planning

Agency: American Planning Association
State: Federal
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 541611 - Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • 541620 - Environmental Consulting Services
Posted Date: Apr 29, 2021
Due Date: May 21, 2021
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Local and Regional Climate Change Planning North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NODC)

Port Angeles, WA


The North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NODC) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications for professional consulting services to facilitate Phase 2: Municipal Level Climate Action Planning for the North Olympic Peninsula. This project builds on the regional recommendations from the 2015 Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula by developing specific multi-benefit local climate action plans that integrate with recommendations from the 2015 report, local government comprehensive and shoreline master plans, Strait Ecosystem Protection and Recovery Plan from the Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network Local Integrating Organization (Strait ERN LIO), and the Hood Canal Integrated Watershed Plan from the Hood Canal Coordinating Council LIO (HCCC LIO).

Specific project tasks include:

  1. Convene and facilitate region-wide strategy meetings of local governments, tribes, and NGOs to develop actionable adaptation and/or mitigation goals for the North Olympic Peninsula region (Jefferson and Clallam counties in Washington State), agreeing upon a list and priority of actions that could be adopted by all partners, and developing metrics to measure effectiveness of those actions;
  2. Create a climate change planning "toolkit" for use of all partners that would include decision-making checklists, sample code and regulations, educational materials for public outreach, etc., to be housed on the NODC web site, bringing together the best existing materials and creating new materials as needed; and
  3. Provide assistance to at least four local governments resulting in a local draft plan for each, integrating and adapting recommendations from the 2015 Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula and the regional goals and tools indicated in items 1 and 2, above, as well as best practices for climate mitigation. Different communities are in different stages of climate change planning and resulting plans will reflect that. For instance, some may build on existing work to develop more detailed plans or plan segments suitable for seeking grant funding.


With a mission to empower the North Olympic Peninsula to pursue and invest in its own economic and environmental destiny, the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council is the regional Economic Development District for Clallam and Jefferson counties. The NODC produces a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region, acts as a convener on issues affecting the area, supports economic development in key sectors and develops projects to fill gaps. In 2015 NODC led the effort that produced the Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula (https://www.noprcd.org/climate-change-report).

The NODC seeks a firm with significant experience and competency in development of climate change adaptation and mitigation plans and working with diverse stakeholders to reach consensus.

Additional background on climate change planning efforts on the North Olympic Peninsula includes the following plans:

The contract(s) will be funded entirely or in part by federal funds and the selected contractor(s) must comply with all terms and conditions of the federal award(s). The NODC Selection Committee will review all responses for completeness, responsiveness, experience, qualifications and references. Based on this review, NODC will select three top candidates for virtual interviews and will select the most advantageous responsive firm(s) considering qualifications and price.


To respond to this RFQ email a letter of interest containing the following:

  1. Contact information
  2. Online accessibility: web address and online SOQ availability, if any.
  3. Team: team members and structure, and each member's anticipated role in project, availability, resume, and relevant experience (including any subconsultants).
  4. Experience: a list with a ½-page description of 2-4 prior successful climate change planning projects (web links required), including both climate adaptation and mitigation.
  5. Scheduling: brief proposed schedule to completion identifying major tasks and durations.
  6. References: at least 1 for each project listed and 2 additional

Submittals shall be emailed as a PDF or MS Word attachment, 12 pages maximum, with "NODC Climate Change Planning SOQ" in the subject line, by the deadline listed below, to Karen Affeld, Executive Director, karen@noprcd.org .


May 21 — Deadline for submittal by email of SOQ

June 4 — Selection of short list for further consideration; notification to submitters

June 9-11 — Interviews (at NODC's option)

June 14-22 — Selection and contract negotiation

June 24 — NODC Executive Board award of contract

June 25 — Notice to proceed

October 22 — Deadline for completion of regional goals and metrics

April 4, 2022 — Deadline for completion and launch of web-based tool kit

July 11, 2022 — Deadline for completion of draft plans for 4 local governments

October 3, 2022 — Deadline for final plans for 4 local governments

The above schedule, except for submittal of SOQs, is tentative and may be changed if NODC deems it necessary. The project is expected to be underway by July 1, 2021, with project completion by October 3, 2022.


The successful proponent will indicate its ability to provide, as needed, a full support team. The firm or team selected must also demonstrate competence and qualifications including:

  • Experience and performance on similar projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple public agencies, stakeholders, community groups, and citizens.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations and the business community.
  • Ability to respond to unexpected as well as regularly scheduled requests with minimal delay.
  • Strong project management skills.

NODC's selection of interviewees will be based upon:

  1. Professional qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance of listed services.
  2. Specialized experience and technical competence in the type of work required.
  3. Ability to apply creative solutions to complicated projects.
  4. Capacity to accomplish work within demanding schedules and manage the project.
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with the public, staff, and policy and review bodies.
  6. Response of references.

Interviews will be scheduled if required; information regarding the interview process will follow the process of selecting the short list.

NODC reserves the right to reject any and all submittals.


Questions about this RFQ or the project shall be put forth no later than 12:00 noon on May 12, 2021, and directed to:

Karen Affeld
Executive Director
North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NODC)



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