Florida’s System of Growth Management. Floridians earn a great deal of their incomes from development – about 20% or some $35 billion per year. There is a high degree of concern in Florida about not killing the “goose laying the golden eggs.”.
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The governing body of each local government shall designate a "local planning agency."
The local planning agency shall prepare the comprehensive plan or plan amendment after hearings to be held after public notice and shall make recommendations to the governing body regarding the adoption or amendment of the plan.
A general sanitary sewer, solid waste, drainage, potable water, and natural groundwater aquifer recharge element
An element for the conservation, use, and protection of natural resources in the area, including air, water, water recharge areas, wetlands, waterwells, estuarine marshes, soils, beaches, shores, flood plains, rivers, bays, lakes, harbors, forests, fisheries and wildlife, marine habitat, minerals, and other natural and environmental resources.
Together, these two statutes were directed at a coordinated system of state, regional and local planning.
The Oregon example of adopting statewide goals was followed and Florida’s “State Comprehensive Plan” achieved the same purpose as Oregon’s 19 goals, although with many more than 19 and in much greater length.
An additional import from Oregon was what became known in Florida as “consistency.”
All regional plans had to be consistent with the state comprehensive plan and all local plans had to be consistent with both regional and the state plan. [163.3177(9)(c)]
“It is the intent of the Legislature that local government comprehensive plans and implementing land development regulations shall provide strategies which maximize the use of existing facilities and services through redevelopment, urban infill development, and other strategies for urban revitalization.” 163.3187,11(c).