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Mission: to work together across neighboring communities to consistently protect and improve the unique and relatively unspoiled character of the physical, economic and social worlds we share for the benefit of our future generations.

Developments of Regional Impact (DRI)

Pursuant to Chapter 380, Florida Statutes (FS), Regional Planning Councils are charged with coordination of the review of any large-scale development project which, because of its character, magnitude, or location, could have a substantial effect upon the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of more than one county. Such a project, known as a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) is typically complex and requires input from many reviewing agencies.

The Annual Monitoring Report

The annual monitoring report indicates, if applicable, the following information about a particular DRI: its identification number; Name of Project; Location; due date; Applicant and Applicant's Representative; Owner; Description of the Approved Development; Description of the Project's Current Activities; Recent Modifications; RPC Official Findings; and the physical and spatial characteristics of each development.

Projects approved before 1980 are not required to submit an annual monitoring report. Recently, the State amended the update requirements for DRIs, allowing new projects to submit a monitoring report biennially rather than annually. Current projects have the option to switch to biennial reporting.

DRIs in the region have been under the jurisdiction of three regional planning councils. Prior to 1975, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and the South Florida Regional Planning Council reviewed the Southwest Florida DRIs. A total of 16 DRIs were reviewed by these RPCs. In 1975, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council began reviewing DRIs for the six-county region.