SMART GROWTH

An exploding population in Southwest Florida has resulted in unprecedented increases in development. The Gulf Coast area is nearly built-out and now growth is headed inland - toward our region’s last remaining open spaces and more fragile ecosystems.


Inappropriate development inland will have major consequences on our wildlife, our water and our quality of life.

The Conservancy believes that growth and preservation of our natural resources can work together. We endorse the use of strong planning tools and comprehensive plans so development is handled in a responsible, sustainable manner.

Members of the Conservancy environmental policy team work to ensure planning documents are created and used appropriately in each of the five counties in our region. Each county has a Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use Maps, and overlays to help determine where, what kind, and how much development occurs. When new development, re-zones or land use changes are proposed, we will investigate its compliance with current regulations and convey our position to the appropriate stakeholders, developers, community members and decisionmakers to preserve our quality of life.

Click here to access the 1000 Friends of Florida review of the RLSA program.