The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC or "Council") was created by an interlocal agreement between Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota Counties in 1973. In accordance with Florida Statutes, the agency is directed by a 36 member Council, composed of 25 county commissioners and municipal elected officials, 7 gubernatorial appointees from all counties within the region, and four ex-officio (non-voting) gubernatorial appointees representing the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and water management districts.
The SWFRPC is designated Regional District 9 and acts as a regional information clearinghouse, conducts research to develop and maintain area wide goals, objectives, and policies, and assists in implementing a number of local, state, and federal programs. The Council serves as an advocate for the Region with State and Federal agencies, including the Legislature and Congress. View the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council's rules (Division: 29I) on the Florida Administrative Code website.
Since its creation in 1973, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) has worked with local governments to protect natural resources and promote the creation of jobs within our six county region.
Which Counties are in the Southwest Florida Region?
Southwest Florida serves Regional District 9 and consists of six counties with a total area (land and water) of 6,663 square miles and a land area of 5,986 square miles. Four of the counties border the Gulf of Mexico, with a total shoreline of 4,515 miles, and comprise a large portion of the Region’s urban area. Two counties are bounded by Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States. The six counties in the Southwest Florida Region include:
Florida’s Regional Planning Councils...
Florida’s 11 Regional Planning Councils (RPC's) are public organizations that serve as bridges between state and local governments representing an area in which resources, characteristics, and issues co-exist. RPC's provide comprehensive planning and intergovernmental coordination for managed, responsible growth. Florida Statutes 186.502(4)(1) recognize RPCs as Florida’s only multipurpose regional entities 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 the communities in each region.