Rural Planning Support

Office of Policy Planning
Jennifer Fortunas

605 Suwannee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Tel: 850-414-4800
Fax: 850-414-4898
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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) coordinates directly with Florida's non-metropolitan local governments, those located outside of a designated metropolitan planning area, to address their transportation planning needs. The resources on this page reflect FDOT's efforts to enhance coordination and cooperation with non-metropolitan local governments in the transportation planning process.


Florida's Rural Planning Process

This report, A Review of Florida's Non-Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process, complies with Title 23 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Section 450 (23 CFR § 450) which requires each state to review its process for consulting with non-metropolitan local officials during the development of its Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which is the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). This report to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is FDOT's 2019 five-year review of its process for consulting with non-metropolitan local officials in the transportation planning process. 


FDOT Rural Transportation Planning Resources


Rural Transportation Funding Sources


Rural Economic Development Initiative and FDOT Contacts

The Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) established in Section 288.0656, Florida Statutes, serves Florida's economically distressed rural communities by providing a more focused and coordinated effort among state and regional agencies that provide programs and services for rural areas.



For more information on rural planning, contact Ben Naselius at (850) 414-4821 or