The West Florida Regional Planning Council is celebrating 50 years of providing professional planning, coordinating and advisory services to local governments, state and federal agencies and the public. An open house will be held at council offices, 4081 E. Olive Rd., Ste. A in Pensacola on October 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in celebration of the golden anniversary.
Guests will be provided with opportunities to learn more about the planning council with an office “tour of services.” The event is free and open to the public; please call 850-332-7976 to RSVP. The WFRPC October board meeting will be held on-site immediately following the festivities.
Originally formed as the Pensacola-Escambia County Regional Planning Council in 1964, the WFRPC has expanded to seven counties in northwest Florida and their municipalities as officials recognized that many planning issues are regional concerns.
While perhaps best known for serving as staff to the area’s three transportation planning organizations (TPOs), WFRPC has been involved in a variety of planning projects over the years including economic development; land use studies; brownfields assessment, clean up and reuse; resource management; hurricane studies; ride-sharing, bicycle and pedestrian programs; air quality; block grants; housing assistance; GIS services; hazardous materials and hazardous waste programs; and preparation of comprehensive plans.
WFRPC also works to engage citizens to become involved in the planning process and partner in the council mission to preserve and enhance the quality of life in the panhande.