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The Long Range Planning Division prepares, updates and maintains the Polk County’s Comprehensive Plan and the
short- and long-range multi-modal transportation plans, which includes a 25-year
long-range transportation plan.
The division's two sections include comprehensive
planning and multi-modal transportation planning.
The comprehensive planning section’s primary responsibility
is to meet the requirements of Chapter 163, Part II of the Florida statues. This legislation requires that all jurisdictions adopt a
comprehensive plan, describe how the plan shall be adopted and the process for
amending the plan. Other requirements of the law include mapping, intergovernmental
coordination and assistance; public participation; school planning and
coordination, including concurrency; Evaluation and Appraisal Report and amendments; military base encroachment; sustainability; the community
fiscal analysis planning tool; capital improvement program; capital improvement
element; rural land stewardship; and urban service area.
Multimodal Transportation Planning
The multi-modal transportation section serves as the metropolitan planning organization for the Lakeland and Winter Haven urbanized areas and maintains a coordinated, comprehensive and continuing
planning process. The
Polk Transportation Planning Organization, in cooperation with the
Florida Department of Transportation and public transit operators,
develops short- and long-range transportation plans and programs to meet the
existing and future needs of Polk.
The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Polk County Board of County Commissioners
330 W. Church St.
PO Box 9005
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
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