The Nuts and Bolts of 2011 Florida Growth Management Law Reform: Full Text of the New Laws Making Big Changes for Land Development in Florida


For over 25 years, Florida land developers had to do business around state laws designed to protect the Florida environment and protect against issues such as urban sprawl. The purpose was a worthy one: to protect Florida's unique and beautiful natural habitats and to insure that development didn't spread without consideration of nature, beauty, and long term impact.

However, all that regulation at the state level over time meant that real estate developers faced growing costs that could make or break a project: building roads or school improvements in accordance with regulations as the economy slowed meant some developments were not feasible. Additionally, there was the time factor: development, like other industries, has time constraints - working with the state regulations could mean things just took too long.

Now, the State of Florida has tossed the baton of governing land development to the local governing bodies. They must oversee new development projects in their jurisdictions. Will concurrency be required? The local powers that be will decide.

The Florida Growth Management Reform - Full Text

A bill arising out of the Florida House of Representatives, HB 7207 was passed as part of the Florida budgetary process (as a conforming bill) and represents a compromise in language of two earlier versions of the same law, HB 7129 and SB 1122.

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