Statement of Function
It is the purpose of this department to establish and implement a comprehensive planning program to guide and
control future development within Indian River County. The planning process is intended to promote, protect and
improve public health, safety, appearance and general welfare; prevent overcrowding of land and avoid undue
concentration of population; facilities, housing and other required services, and conserve, develop, utilize and protect
natural resources within the County. The Community Development Department consists of Planning and
Development, County Planning, Environmental Planning and Code Enforcement, Metropolitan Planning
Organizations (MPO), State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP), Hurricane Housing Recovery (HHR), Building
Division, Housing Authority, Agricultural Extension Service and Soil & Water Conservation District. As the
Administrative component of the Community Development Department, the Planning and Development division
coordinates and manages the activities of the divisions within the Community Development Department.
New Impact Fee Schedules Effective 5/5/2014
At a public hearing on April 22, 2014, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the new Impact fee schedules for non-residential uses. The new schedules, effective on 5/5/2014, reflect reduced impact fees for non-residential categories, except for Jails and Veterinary Clinics. More Impact Fee Information
Wabasso Corridor Plan Update
The Wabasso Corridor Plan is being updated. The overall purpose of the Wabasso Corridor Plan is to provide a set of standards applicable to development and redevelopment in the corridor area. Visit the plan update website for more information
Gifford Neighborhood Plan Update
The Gifford Neighborhood Plan is a grass roots effort by the Progressive Civic League of Gifford, Indian River County Board of County Commissioners, and, most importantly, the people, community groups, and institutions in the Gifford area. The website was created as a convenient way for the public to follow the development of the plan. Visit the Website
2015/2016 Goals and Objectives
Provide effective planning and implementation of services through orderly growth management, setting levels of
service standards, and promoting and pursuing a positive economic development environment in order to meet all
County comprehensive plan goals.
- Maintain State compliance of the Comprehensive Plan.
- Enhance computerization and increase productivity in all areas of responsibility.
- Ensure that all department projects and reviews are completed on time.