The Senate Community Affairs Committee is reviewing how some of the changes to the growth management act (now known as the Community Planning Act) are working at the local level. Specifically, during the 2014 legislative session, bills were filed that would have expanded the number of counties and cities where Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) would be exempt. FAC opposed the bills, noting that the DRI process helps to ensure that such large-scale projects receive a regional review where, ideally, extra-jurisdictional impacts can be addressed. FAC’s position on the bills raised renewed questions regarding the adequacy of the intergovernmental coordination process in Ch. 163. Specifically, Senate staff cites that s. 163.3177 requires that each local comprehensive plan include an intergovernmental coordination element that provides for a dispute resolution process to bring intergovernmental disputes to a closure in a timely manner. Additionally, they note that each county, and all the cities within a county, and the district school board are required to establish an interlocal agreement that, among other things, is meant to address how development impacts will be addressed outside of the approving jurisdiction. In light of these requirements, Senate staff is interested in how local governments currently deal with the extra-jurisdictional impacts from development approvals (both DRI and non-DRI projects), and wants insight as to whether your county views the current statutory requirement as being adequate or whether other processes should be pursued by the legislature.
If your county can provide a written response to FAC by July 31, that will provide us sufficient time to organize the responses and provide them to the Senate committee. Additionally, we will post responses (without county names) to the FAC website and discuss the issue at the September policy meeting. If you have any questions please contact Eric Poole at (850) 922-4300.