Incorporation committee hosts transportation planners

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Citizens to Incorporate Navarre hosted West Florida Regional Planning Council (WFRPC) staff for a discussion about Navarre area transportation issues Oct. 21. Attendees learned details about specific local projects and advocated against traffic congestion on U.S. 98.

Brandi Whitehurst, WFRPC’s public involvement coordinator, started the presentation by noting the council celebrated its 50th anniversary Oct. 20. She also gave an overview of the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) for which WFRPC provides staff support.

WFRPC began in 1964 as the Pensacola-Escambia County Regional Planning Council. However, it has grown to cover seven counties and municipalities because many planning issues address regional concerns.

Whitehurst said WFRPC works to engage citizens to become involved in planning processes, and she encouraged attendees to participate in TPO advisory councils, which cover Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in northwest Florida and portions of Baldwin County in Alabama.

According to WFRPC, the TPO helps coordinate the identification and prioritization of transportation needs and funding. Toward that end, the TPO maintains a regional long-range transportation plan. To receive state and federal funding, transportation projects must be included in the plan.

By Romi White

Published Thursday, October 30, 2014 in Navarre Press.