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.
The Environmental Planning Section of the SWFRPC is involved in a variety of research and planning activities designed to provide technical assistance and decision services based upon the best available contemporary science.
Coordinating Regional Wildlife Habitat Planning including the SWFRPC GREENPRINT, Coastal Conservation Corridor Plan and Regional Wildlife Resource Inventory
Review of Developments of Regional Impact in the areas of vegetation and wildlife, wetlands, and historical and archeological resources
Review of Department of Transportation Projects that have environmental issues
Review and Planning for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
Review and Planning for the Southwest Florida Comprehensive Watershed Plan (SWFCWP)
Review of large and regionally significant State Clearinghouse, Florida Department of Environmental Protection/Southwest Florida and South Florida Water Management Districts/US Army Corps of Engineers permits
Fish and Wildlife Technical Assistance to multiple committees and partnerships including the Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management, South West Florida Regional Restoration Coordination Team and Myakka River Coordinating Council
Original grant-supported research directed toward important ecosystem planning and applied science questions including wetlands, climate change, and land use planning
Technical support to the SWFRPC and associated committees and local, regional, state, and federal government partners
Participation in the Coastal Areas Climate Change Education effort funded by the National Science Foundation and spearheaded by the University of South Florida
Participation as invited speakers/panel members at regional and state-level conferences including Florida Audubon, the Florida League of Environmental Resource Agencies, University of Florida IFAS, Resilient Tampa Bay, the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, the Florida Department of Transportation, and others.
Organization of regional symposia such as the 2008 Conservation Lands Acquisition Cela Tega,the 2009 Estero Bay Watershed Public Symposium, and the 2011 Ecosystems Services Cela Tega.
Beever, III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, D. Cobb, J. Utley David Hutchinson, John Gibbons, Moji Abimbola and L. B. Beever, Judy Ott 2009. Adaptation Plan for the City of Punta Gorda. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Technical Report 09-4, 406 pages. Adopted by the City of Punta Gorda on November 18, 2009.