Comprehensive Planning

Comprehensive Planning

The Comprehensive Planning team is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the goals, objectives, and policies of the adopted Comprehensive Plan. Main responsibilities include responding to inquiries and offering customer service to the community, processing comprehensive plan amendments, and updating the comprehensive plan to ensure it is consistent with all current statutory and rule requirements.

The adopted Comprehensive Plan guides future growth and community development. The Comprehensive Plan contains elements that address future land use, housing, transportation, infrastructure, coastal management, conservation, recreation, and open space, intergovernmental coordination, and capital improvements.

Comprehensive Plan Update - Evaluation and Appraisal Review

In 2010, Monroe County embarked on a major undertaking to update the Comprehensive Plan and adopted the 2030 Comprehensive Plan in April 2016. The County must evaluate its comprehensive plan every seven (7) years and determine if plan amendments are necessary to reflect changes in state requirements. As required by Section 163.3191, F.S. and Rule 73C-49, F.A.C., the County adopted Ordinance 013-2022 on August 17, 2022 and Ordinance 021-2022 on October 19, 2022.

Comprehensive Plan Amendments 

Procedures for the submittal and adoption of Comprehensive Plan amendments under the State Coordinated Review Process is provided below:

Department of Economic Opportunity Notice of Intent

Carrying Capacity Report


The documents below are the additional data and analysis utilized by Monroe County to support the update to the Comprehensive Plan.

Pursuant to 163.3177(1)(f), all mandatory and optional elements of the comprehensive plan and plan amendments shall be based upon relevant and appropriate data and an analysis by the local government that may include, but not be limited to, surveys, studies, community goals and vision, and other data available at the time of adoption of the comprehensive plan or plan amendment. To be based on data means to react to it in an appropriate way, and to the extent, necessary indicated by the data available on that particular subject at the time of adoption of the plan or plan amendment at issue.

1. Surveys, studies, and data utilized in the preparation of the comprehensive plan may not be deemed a part of the comprehensive plan unless adopted as a part of it. Copies of such studies, surveys, data, and supporting documents for proposed plans and plan amendments shall be made available for public inspection, and copies of such plans shall be made available to the public upon payment of reasonable charges for reproduction. Support data or summaries are not subject to the compliance review process, but the comprehensive plan must be clearly based on appropriate data. Support data or summaries may be used to aid in the determination of compliance and consistency.

2. Data must be taken from professionally accepted sources. The application of a methodology utilized in data collection or whether a particular methodology is professionally accepted may be evaluated. However, the evaluation may not include whether one accepted methodology is better than another. Original data collection by local governments is not required. However, local governments may use original data so long as methodologies are professionally accepted.