What are Florida's Growth Management Laws and Why are They Changing?


Florida's Growth Management Laws are a series of statutes passed during times of a booming Florida economy, designed to control growth within Florida communities including protecting the environment and discouraging urban sprawl. They include:

1. Environmental Land and Water Management Act of 1972 (Florida Statutes 380.012 -380.07)

2. Florida Water Resources Act of 1972 (Florida Statutes 373)

3. Florida State Comprehensive Planning Act of 1972 (Florida Statutes 186.001)

4. Local Government Comprehensive Planning Act of 1975 (amended in Florida Statutes 163.3161)

5. State and Regional Planning Act of 1984 (Florida Statutes 23.01-.015,160.002-.076 - now appearing as 186.001 et seq. )

6. Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Act of 1985 (Florida Statutes 163.3161)

Changing Times, Changing Laws: The Florida Growth Management Laws Are Overhauled

The Florida Legislature ended its 2011 legislative session this month by passing big changes to these longstanding growth management laws in a dedicated effort to free land developers throughout the State of Florida from burdensome statutory requirements.

The real estate industry - developers, investors, lenders, and the like - welcomed these changes. Environmentalists did not. Many of the conservationists in Florida and across the country fear that the 2011 overhaul to the Florida Growth Management Laws will doom species and habitats, such as the vulnerable Florida wetlands.

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