Research Projects

Shown below are research projects conducted through the FPDL and the Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning.
Use the link to access additional information on each of the projects.

Automated Vehicles (AV) are poised to transform communities at a level not seen since the adoption of the automobile roughly a century ago.

Following four decades of decline, the intercity bus industry in the United States began to grow rapidly starting in 2006. Intercity bus now stands as the fastest growing mode of intercity travel in the United States, and it is showing no signs of slowing down.

Recent amendments to Chapter 163 of the Florida Statutes authorize local governments to designate “adaptation action areas” in the coastal elements of their comprehensive plans (Fla. Stat. ch. 163.3164(1) and 163.3177(6)(g)10).

While neither the state nor federal governments currently mandates that local, regional, or state agencies incorporate sea level rise into planning efforts, many local governments and regional and state agencies in Florida are considering doing so and some have already begun to develop vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies and policies.

This project is designed (1) to assist the Charlotte County - Punta Gorda MPO in realizing its aspirations for integrating hazard mitigation into its LRTP and TIP and (2) to use Charlotte County as a pilot for devising a set of best practices guidelines for use by other MPOs and their collaborative partners in Florida and elsewhere in the United States.  The principal members of the project team include the Florida State Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the Charlotte County - Punta Gorda MPO, and Continental Shelf Associates (CSA). A Technical Advisory Committee will be established to provide input and feedback throughout the duration of the project.

Faculty members Bob Deyle and Tim Chapin received funding from the National Sea Grant Program, the Florida Department of Community Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, and FSU’s DeVoe L. Moore Center for a 2.5 year study of land use change in hurricane hazard zones in Florida. This was one of the first initiatives to empirically assess the effectiveness of local growth management policies, programs, and regulations in mitigating the vulnerability of communities to damage and destruction from natural disasters.

The 2005 and 2007 Reports is submitted to meet the requirements of Section 163.3246 (13), Florida Statutes (F.S.) that requires the Department of Community Affairs (herein referred to as the Department) to submit a report on the Local Government Comprehensive Planning Certification Program each odd-numbered year, listing certified local governments, evaluating the effectiveness of the certification, and including any recommendations for legislative actions.

The 2005-2006 Report to the Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations is submitted to meet the requirements of Section 163.3245 (6), Florida Statutes (F.S.), that requires the Department of Community Affairs to provide an annual status report on the optional sector plan program and each optional sector plan authorized under the program.

The overall objective of the original concurrency mandate was to create a situation where there traffic congestion would not be a consequence of new development. However, achieving this objective is possible only by allowing low density development in the midst of large arterial roadways and substantial freeway networks.

This guide is intended to provide an overview of the population estimation and projection process. The document describes where data on population and development trends can be acquired, details the methodology behind the state’s official population projections, and summarizes alternative methodologies that can be used by local planning agencies to estimate and project resident populations. The guide is aimed at a professional planning audience, with a primary goal of acquainting planners with several simple means of forecasting population figures when trained specialists are not available for such a project.