Who We Are
Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) is the Treasure Coast’s only regional forum where elected and appointed leaders regularly come together to discuss complex regional issues; develop strategic regional responses for resolving them; and build consensus for setting and accomplishing regional goals. Elected officials serve annual terms, and gubernatorial appointees serve three-year terms. TCRPC is made up of nineteen elected officials and nine gubernatorial appointees.
TCRPC is an organization created by and for local governments to provide planning and technical assistance services and assist in carrying out Florida’s growth management programs. TCRPC was established in 1976 through an interlocal agreement between Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach counties. Membership includes all four counties and 52 municipalities.
TCRPC works quickly and efficiently in bringing communities together to:
- Provide a forum and mechanism by which local governments can avoid and resolve inter-jurisdictional conflicts in a positive manner
- Allow for cost-sharing and savings between local governments and minimize the need for duplicative efforts
- Assure that state and federal goals and objectives are carried out with respect for local and regional desires and conditions
- Establish a local government think tank for early identification of opportunities
- Respond to local government requests for assistance. Council responds to over 1,000 requests annually for planning assistance
TCRPC is by, of, and for Local Government.
It provides the necessary leadership to develop coherent policy and strategies by which different agencies and levels of government can act cooperatively. It provides both state and local policy makers with information they need to solve problems and build a better future for their residents. It is a strong advocate for local governments in issues where federal and state involvement and interest are a concern.
Services to Citizens and Local Government
TCRPC operates several programs and services for regional planning and economic development designed to satisfy the needs of its public and private sector customers to foster the healthy and orderly growth of the Region.
- Local and Regional Comprehensive Planning Assistance
- Urban Design, Town Planning and Redevelopment Initiatives
- Emergency Preparedness
- Economic Development Initiatives
- Dispute Resolution
- Public Event Planning and Facilitation Services
- Computer Imaging
- Visioning and Community Preference Surveys
- Transportation Planning
- Natural Resource and Energy Planning
- Affordable Housing Initiatives
- Census 2000 Resources
To encourage and enable local units of government and citizenry to assemble and cooperate with one another and with representatives of major economic interests, to promote health, safety, and general welfare of the citizenry, and to plan for future development of the Region that will keep it competitive and afford a high quality of life.
Regional planning councils are recognized as Florida’s only multipurpose regional entity in a position to plan for and coordinate intergovernmental solutions to growth-related problems on greater-than-local issues, provide technical assistance to local governments, and meet other needs of its communities. Chapter 186.502 (4) Florida Statutes
Strategic Regional Policy Plan
The Strategic Regional Policy Plan (SRPP) was adopted in 1995 and is codified in Rule 29K-5002, Florida Administrative Code. The SRPP 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 the built environment. The SRPP criticizes recent forms and patterns of development for being too homogenous and disconnected to support the organization of larger, more efficient, and sustainable patterns of development.
The SRPP is intended as an illustrated manual or guidebook for building a better region. There are illustrations and policy guidance contained in the SRPP for how local governments can respond to the plan. The source of all these images and the motivation for the plan were generated from the nearly fifty public planning charrettes of all shapes, sizes, and contexts held in and around the Region since 1989.
The SRPP uses New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles to respond to Florida’s growth and provide precise instructions for improving settlement patterns; protecting the countryside; and building authentic towns, cities, and villages. Developed in 1995, the SRPP remains the benchmark by which all regional plans in Florida can be judged.
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
On January 19, 2018, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council approved it’s new five-year (2018-2023) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan. The CEDS Plan highlights the Region’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges and provides a set of guiding principles for community leaders to set common economic development goals and priorities for action. For further information see Economic Development.