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Long Range Planning

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.

Comprehensive 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.

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Phone: (863) 534-6487
Toll Free: (800) 780-5346


330 W. Church St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Office Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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