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
Council Offices - The Historic Knapp Inn
In 2006, Council bought an historic building constructed in 1925 in the historic Frazier Addition of downtown Stuart to restore the building for its offices. The property was originally developed as the Knapp Inn under regulations applicable in the 1920s. Later, it was used as an apartment house until hurricanes Frances, Jeanne, and Wilma caused significant damage to the building. The building is listed on the 1991 Survey of Historic Properties within the City of Stuart. Restoration of the building began in December of 2007 and was completed in May 2008. Restoring the building was carefully approached by the Council. The mission was to modernize the historic building for its new offices while keeping and enriching the building’s historic character and charm. The adaptive reuse of the Knapp Inn building for a nonprofit governmental agency is symbolic of Council’s commitment to neighborhood revitalization over the past 45 years. Council promotes quality urban design as being vital to improving the standard of living in cities and towns.
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
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.
- RPCs provide the forum and mechanism by which local governments can avoid or resolve interjurisdictional conflicts in an effective and cost effective manner.
- RPCs provide the most efficient mechanism for addressing problems that can only be addressed by collaborative effort and cooperation between local governments.
- RPCs help to assure that state goals and objectives (the top down part of planning) are addressed in a manner that its appropriate given local and regional conditions (the bottom up part of planning).
- RPCs provide a mechanism for resolving apparent conflicts between local government and state and federal agency policy and for balancing the competing and diverse interests of the state and the federal government.
- RPCs allow for cost sharing and service delivery between local governments and minimize the need for duplicative expenditures.
- RPCs represent a think tank for the early identification and creative resolution of problems.
- RPCs help local governments secure and administer needed state and federal funding.