Planning Assistance

Planning analysts in the Bureau of Community Planning and Growth regularly assist local governments with land use planning issues, including planning for economic development. The Bureau's planning analysts are available by telephone or will travel to a local government to assist with planning endeavors. In addition, the Bureau's planning analysts can direct a local government to the appropriate resource if an issue is beyond the Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) expertise or requires coordination with partner agencies. There is no cost associated with seeking DEO's technical planning assistance. For more information, please contact the planning analyst assigned to your local government (see Community Planning Review Team Assignments).

Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2011/2012, the Department, through the Bureau of Community Planning and Growth, received legislatively appropriated funds to provide Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants to local governments and regional planning councils. The purpose of the grants is to assist counties, municipalities and regions in developing economic development strategies, meeting the requirements of the Community Planning Act, addressing critical local planning issues, and promoting innovative planning solutions to challenges identified by local government applicants. Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants are for one fiscal year and are awarded on a const reimbursement basis. Deliverables identified in a grant agreement must be approved by the Bureau before money is disbursed to the grantee.

By way of example, projects funded to date have included the following:

  • Developing a Comprehensive Plan Economic Development Element
  • Comprehensive Plan Updates Based on Changes in Growth Management Laws
  • Comprehensive Plan Updates Based on an Evaluation and Appraisal Review
  • Community Redevelopment Area Plan and Finding of Necessity Reports
  • Economic Diversification Strategies
  • Land Development Regulation Updates
  • Neighborhood Plans
  • Recreation Master Plan
  • Urban Design Master Plan

A funding announcement will be provided on this website for each year in which grant funding is available.

For Fiscal Year 2016-2017, DEO awarded Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants to the following 43 local governments and regional entities, benefitting 92 counties and municipalities throughout Florida:

North Florida

Grantee Grant Amount
Milton $30,000
Sneads $35,000
Lynn Haven $25,000
Freeport $32,000
Hawthorne $40,000
Wakulla County $25,000
Santa Rosa County $30,000
Columbia County $30,000
Chipley $25,000
Altha $30,000
Bell $10,000
Bushnell $25,000
Calhoun County $25,000
Liberty County $25,000
Hastings $25,000
Green Cove Springs $30,000
Century $25,000
LaCrosse $6,000
Webster $25,000
Gulf County Economic Development Coalition $65,000
Franklin County Tourist Development Council $75,000
Apalachee Regional Planning Council $30,000

Southeast Florida

Grantee Grant Amount
West Melbourne $25,000
Apopka $25,000
Palm Beach County $25,000
Miami Gardens $25,000
Cape Canaveral $40,000
St. Lucie County & Fort Pierce $35,000
Hallandale Beach $35,000
Indialantic $15,000
Orange County $60,000
Montverde $23,000
South Florida Regional Council $37,600

Southwest Florida

Grantee Grant Amount
LaBelle $20,000
Charlotte County $40,000
Bowling Green $25,000
Largo $30,000
Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission $25,000
DeSoto County $40,000
Lake Placid $25,000
Dundee $25,000
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council $67,250
Central Florida Regional Planning Council $60,000


For further information regarding technical assistance grants, please contact:

  • Sherry A. Spiers, Regional Planning Administrator
  • Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Bureau of Community Planning
  • 107 East Madison Street, MSC 160
  • Tallahassee, FL 32399-4120
  • Phone: 850-717-8499
  • E-mail:

Additional Resources

  • Florida's Rural Economic Development Initiative agencies have a range of programs and services that support rural development, focus state resources on rural issues, and assist rural businesses in making the appropriate connections to federal, state, and local organizations.
  • Florida Resource Directory - Find and access sources of state and many federal programs for assistance. Examples include: infrastructure projects, housing, health services, training, and small business and tourism development assistance.
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