About IC & R
The IC&R process is a federally-mandated program to notify state and elected officials about federal projects, programs and documents within their jurisdiction or of statewide significance which may affect them. State Executive Order 83-150 designated Florida’s ten Regional Planning Councils as “regional clearinghouses”, giving the RPCs responsibility for reviewing such projects and determining each project’s significance.
Types of Applications Reviewed / Processed
The following types of proposals are routinely processed as part of the Regional Planning Council’s IC&R Program:
- Environmental Resource Permits from the Southwest Florida Water Management District;
- Dredge & Fill Permit Applications from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Tampa Port Authority;
- Federal Consistency Projects from the Florida State Clearinghouse/Florida Coastal Management Program;
- Federal Grant applications submitted on behalf of non-profit organizations and/or local governments;
- Transportation Improvements Programs & Unified Planning Work Programs submitted by Tampa Bay’s four Metropolitan Planning Organizations; and
- Ten-Year Site Plans for the power companies serving portions of the Tampa Bay Region.
Determinations, for TBRPC, range from local significance (LOC), regional significance with no review (RNR), to regionally significant (REG). LOC projects require no further review, RNR determinations mean that the project is regionally significant, but the impacts do not require further review, and REG projects are regionally significant enough, either positive or negative, to require a full staff review.
Regionally Significant Review Criteria
TBRPC staff independently evaluates each proposal which has been determined to be “regionally significant” for consistency with the Strategic Regional Policy Plan (SRPP) and issues a staff report/recommendation for Council based on this evaluation. A proposal would be considered regionally significant when:
“significant” wetland or natural habitat impacts are proposed in areas designated on the Natural Resources of Regional Significance map series adopted as part of the SRPP; or within Developments of Regional Impact; or other implications which may have multi-jurisdictional impacts.