MPPDC’s Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program provides the necessary administrative framework to assist rural Middle Peninsula coastal local governments with access to enhanced coastal zone management tools and techniques that balance economic development with protecting coastal resources. MPPDC staff provide coastal management support to local government elected officials, chief administrative officers for local governments, local planning staff, local planning commissions and wetlands boards staff. For example, MPPDC staff can provide GIS analysis of development proposals, land conversion, land use plans, and local land use ordinance implementation. MPPDC staff also provide research services for ongoing and new or emerging coastal issues. Additionally, MPPDC staff convene monthly-quarterly meetings with local government level planners, government administrators, and other appropriate government and NGO committees to assist with improved coastal planning.