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The Strategic Regional Policy Plan
The Strategic Regional Policy Plan was adopted in 1995 and is codified in Rule 29K-5002, Florida Administrative Code. The Regional Plan is designed to provide a holistic, comprehensive approach to building a region—from the identification and organization of its largest physical environmental features down to the arrangement of the block, street and buildings of the smallest increment of built environment. The Plan criticizes recent forms and patterns of development for being to homogenous and disconnected to support the organization of larger, more efficient and sustainable patterns of development (i.e., towns, cities, and villages). The Plan is based on the principles of New Urbanism and Smart Growth.
Architectural Pattern Book (2000) 
In cooperation with the Town of Jupiter, TCRPC created a residential style code or “pattern book” for the new town of Abacoa. The intent of the book is to assure architectural richness, authenticity, and diversity within the Town. The book explores the use of five Florida vernacular styles including Mediterranean Revival, Florida Bungalow, Florida Georgian, Florida Wood, and Anglo-Caribbean. The Architectural Pattern Book is designed as a system to control and vary the street facades of buildings to assure healthy, diverse, and walkable public streets and neighborhoods while leaving the control of the body of the building behind the street façade to the builder. The book and all of its elements have been approved by the Town as a guide to be used in concert with the Town’s Mixed Use Development code. Production and custom homebuilders are using the book successfully.



Building Plans and Urban Design Principles for Towns, Cities, and Villages in South Florida (1999) 
This book feature plans for building types appropriate to traditional urban settlement patterns of the Treasure Coast Region to encourage revitalization and redevelopment within coastal cities. This book is reminiscent of plan books prevalent before 1940 that offered homebuyers a variety of housing styles that could be built in the neighborhood of their choice. One-half of the book contains 100 building plans that have construction blueprints available so today’s development community can offer consumers choices not currently available. These choices will encourage variety in building types as commonly found along streets of mature coastal towns and cities. The other half of the book is dedicated to articulating those urban design principles that build great towns and cities. The book is well illustrated and has become a valuable resource to promote market-rate building construction in diverse and more efficient development patterns that are currently the norm.



Who Cares About US 1? (1999) 
Documentation of an effort that brought seven cities and a county together to transform fifteen mile auto-oriented highway into a regional address for pedestrians, tourists, and businesses. The book is richly illustrated, provides a summary of why the reclamation of this auto-oriented corridor is important for the healthy economic development and revitalization of these seven towns and cities, and presents a library of before and after imaging reflecting the desires of each of the seven cities to beautify their portion of the highway.



Regional Attenuation Facility Task Force Report (1995)
Documentation of efforts to improve the health of the St. Lucie River Estuary and Indian River Lagoon by creating large upland water storage areas to better manage freshwater flow to these estuaries. Includes the results of two citizen design charrettes focused on three potential candidate sites for the water storage areas.



Fox Property Study (1991) 
Documentation of a “counter plan” effort on a 1,800-acre, environmentally sensitive site. Three different land development scenarios are explored. The study provides a useful and illustrated score sheet comparing the attributes of single-use pods (sprawl) versus authentic neighborhoods.



Incorporation Feasibility Assessment (1999) 
Conducted upon request by a legislative delegation, this publication assesses the feasibility of the proposed incorporation of an area of the barrier island in St. Lucie County. The incorporation feasibility report includes an examination of incorporation law, anticipated revenues and expenditures, impacts on other local governments, and the pros and cons of incorporation.



Treasure Coast 2010: Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy (2000)
Treasure Coast 2010 serves as a framework of ideas and a broad-based program of action to promote the long-term economic vitality of the Treasure Coast Region. It presents a comprehensive overview of the Treasure Coast Region’s economy illustrating significant trends in employment, wages, income, and industry. The plan examines the Treasure Coast Region’s economic foundations in technology, human resources, and finances and suggests a comprehensive economic development strategy for the future of the Treasure Coast Economic Development District. Four central questions underpin the framework: where the Treasure Coast Region is now, where do they want to be, how does the region get there, and how the region is doing.



Cost Analysis of Rival Development Trends in South Florida 
Results of a thirteen-month study to assess and compare fiscal and other measurable costs of various types and scenarios of development patterns in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties. The study was conducted by the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University. Results suggest that avoiding sprawling development patterns and moving towards more compact and traditional forms of development save significant taxpayer dollars.