Comprehensive Planning

Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs)

Intergovernmental Coordination and Review (ICARs)


Comprehensive Planning

Communities need to have long-term plans that will dictate public policy for transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing. In order to create such plans and policies, the community has to determine what its goals are, and the WFRPC is here to assist with that kind of planning. We offer a variety of services related specifically to land use, including:

Local Mitigation Strategies

The purpose of the County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) is to plan for a decrease in the vulnerability of the citizens, governments, businesses, and institutions of a county to the future. The human, economic, and environmental costs natural, technological, and societal disasters can be enormous. The WFRPC can assist with the local taskforce to help prepare for these eventualities and promote a sustainable and disaster-resistant community.

Comprehensive Plan Updates

Comprehensive Plans are tools intended to be used by local governments as well as the public to guide future use of the area’s land and resources, to provide a built environment that intelligently meets the needs of the population. The WFRPC can assist local governments and the public in developing Comprehensive Plans that accommodate expected growth, analyze known alternatives and select the best alternative to meet community needs and lead local governments to the desired result, while protecting the area’s environment and natural resources.

Sector Plans

Pursuant to Section 163.3245 of the Florida Statutes, the sector plan process was established as an alternative to the DRI process. Sector plans approved through comprehensive plan amendments will be initiated by the local government in agreement with the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Sector plans:

    • Have two levels: a long-term master plan for the entire planning area as part of the comprehensive plan, and adoption by local development order of two or more detailed specific area plans that implement the long-term master plan and within which s. 380.06 is waived.
    • Require public participation throughout the process.
    • Emphasize urban form and the protection of regionally significant resources and public facilities.
    • Apply to areas greater than 15,000 acres.

For more information about Sector Plans, please visit the Department of Economic Opportunity website.

Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs)

Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) are developments which, because of their character, magnitude, or location, would have a substantial effect upon the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of more than one county. Chapter 380.06 of the Florida Statutes sets up a procedure by which the reviews of these projects are to be coordinated by the state’s Regional Planning Councils (RPCs).

To learn more about DRIs, please see the Department of Economic Opportunity.

For more information on DRIs, please contact:
Caitlin Cerame
(850) 332-7976 x 203

Intergovernmental Coordination and Review (ICARs)

The ICAR process is a federally-mandated program to notify state and elected officials about federal projects, programs and documents within their jurisdiction or of statewide significance which may affect them. State Executive Order 83-150 designated Florida’s eleven Regional Planning Councils as “regional clearinghouses,” giving the RPCs responsibility for reviewing such projects and determining each project’s significance.

Determinations, for WFRPC, range from local significance (LOC), regional significance with no review (RNR), to regionally significant (REG). LOC projects require no further review, RNR determinations mean that the project is regionally significant, but the impacts do not require further review, and REG projects are regionally significant enough, either positive or negative, to require a full staff review

Types of Applications Reviewed/Processed

The following types of proposals are routinely processed as part of the Regional Planning Council’s ICAR Program:

  • Environmental Resource Permits from Water Management Districts
  • Dredge & Fill Permit Applications from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Federal Consistency Projects from the Florida State Clearinghouse/Florida Coastal Management Program
  • Federal Grant applications submitted on behalf of non-profit organizations and/or local governments
  • Transportation Improvements Programs & Unified Planning Work Programs submitted by WFRPCs Transportation Planning Organizations
  • Ten-Year Site Plans for the power companies serving portions of the West Florida Region.

For more information on ICARs, please contact:
Caitlin Cerame
(850) 332-7976 x 203

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