Planning Assistance

Planning analysts in the Bureau of Comprehensive Planning 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’s expertise or requires coordination with partner agencies. There is no cost associated with seeking the Department's technical planning assistance. For more information, please contact the planning analyst assigned to your local government (see Staff Contacts (By County and Municipality).

Technical Assistance Grants

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2011/2012, the Department, through the Bureau of Comprehensive Planning, received legislatively appropriated funds to provide Technical Assistance Grants to local governments and regional planning councils. The purpose of the grants is to assist counties and municipalities 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. Technical Assistance Grants are for one year and are awarded on a fixed rate price (deliverables identified in a grant agreement must be approved by the Bureau before money is disbursed to the grantee). Typical awards have been $25,000, more or less.

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 Outstanding Evaluation and Appraisal Report / Evaluation and Appraisal Review
  • Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Plan and Finding of Necessity Reports
  • Economic Diversification Strategies
  • Establishing a “Mainstreet” Program
  • Land Development Regulation Updates
  • Neighborhood Plans
  • Recreation Master Plan
  • Urban Design Master Plan

If additional Technical Assistance Grant funding becomes available in the future, a funding announcement will be provided on this website.


For further information regarding technical assistance grants, please contact:

  • Nia Clark, Planning Analyst
  • Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Bureau of Community Planning
  • 107 East Madison Street, MSC 160
  • Tallahassee, FL 32399-4120
  • Phone: 850-717-8492
  • E-mail:

Competitive Florida Partnership

The Competitive Florida Partnership is a voluntary program that helps communities value those assets that make them special and challenges them to set realistic goals for advancing their economic development vision.

Planning Case Studies

The Planning Case Studies are a series of "how to" reports, each of which focuses on a single planning topic. The reports highlight practical case studies of how the planning topic was successfully implemented in specific local governments. Each report is based on a "boots on the ground", "lessons learned" approach which provides practical ideas that local governments can borrow from other communities that have gone before them. New reports will be added periodically.

Community Resiliency

The Community Resiliency Initiative ties the Waterfronts Florida Program and hazard mitigation planning initiatives together to holistically focus on creating sustainable coastal communities through targeted technical assistance.

Economic Development

Economic development information on the following initiatives:

Revitalizing Homeowners Associations Covenants

Information on Homeowners Association Covenants.

Planning Initiatives

Information on various planning initiatives for Florida’s urban and rural areas:

Additional Resources


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