1400 Colonial Blvd., Suite 1  |  Fort Myers  |  FL  |  33907  |  Phone: (239) 938-1813  |  Fax: (239) 938-1817    

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.

What We Do

The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council’s mission is 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 SWFRPC was formed to enable local jurisdictions to make the most efficient use of their powers to cooperate for mutual advantages to provide services and facilities, and to optimize employment of geographic, human, economic and natural resources in support of economic, natural resources, social, land use, transportation and public safety development.
    The purposes of the Council include:
  • responsibilities set forth by Chapters 163, 180 and 186 of Florida Statutes and other applicable state, federal and local law;
  • to serve as a regional coordinator for members, to exchange, interchange and review various programs of member jurisdictions relating to regional problems;
  • to promote communication between members for the conservation and compatible development within the region; and
  • to cooperate with federal, state, local and non-governmental agencies to accomplish these objectives.

Regional planning regional agencies assist local governments in resolving their common problems, engage in areawide comprehensive and functional planning, administer certain federal and state grants‐in‐aid or other programs, provide technical assistance, conduct research related to regional issues, and provide a regional focus in regard to multiple programs undertaken on an areawide basis. These programs and services include transportation planning, economic development, emergency preparedness planning, ecological services such as research and scientific studies, dispute resolution, workshop and event coordination.


Funding is provided from local, state, and federal sources.

    The Council meets monthly to...
  • Develop agreement on a common vision for the region and assess the progress we are making toward reaching that vision;
  • Deliberate on proposed projects deemed developments of regional impact and on proposed changes to local comprehensive plans, review federal projects, programs and documents of statewide significance that may affect the region;
  • Collaborate on projects and programs that benefit multiple jurisdictions;
  • Discuss issues that emerge as matters of regional interest, for example infrastructure needs and proposed growth management initiatives; and
  • Share best practices from multiple jurisdictions, address challenges and discuss solutions.

Board meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at 9:00 a.m. They are usually, but not always held at the Council’s offices. Please check the Calendars for times and locations.

All official meetings of the Council are open to the public as required by Florida Sunshine Laws, Chapter 286, F.S., and meet the requirements of the applicable sections of the Florida Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, F.S. The Council gives seven (7) days notice of meetings and workshops, in addition to any other notices as required by Florida Statutes.

What Is Planning?

When government officials, business leaders, and citizens come together to build communities that enrich people's lives. Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.