Transmittal Procedures and Timeframes

The expedited state review process applies to all comprehensive plan amendments except for small scale and state coordinated review amendments.

Proposed Phase - Procedures for Transmittal of Amendments

Local government must transmit proposed plan amendment(s) within ten working (10) days after initial public hearing (see 163.3184(3)(b)1, Florida Statutes) as follows:

  • To the State Land Planning Agency (Department of Economic Opportunity):
    • One paper copy, and
    • Two electronic copies on a CD ROM in Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • To the review agencies:
    • One copy in any format
  • Within five (5) working days the local government and agencies are notified by the State Land Planning Agency of receipt of amendment.
  • Review agencies send comments directly to the local government and the State Land Planning Agency. Local government must receive comments from review agencies within 30 days after receipt proposed of amendment package (see 163.3184(3)(b)2, Florida Statutes).
  • State Land Planning Agency issues its comment letter to the local government. Local government must receive comments from review agencies within 30 days of receipt of the proposed plan amendment package (see section 163.3184(3)(b)2, Florida Statutes).
  • State Land Planning Agency issues its comment letter to the local government.

Adopted Phase

  • Local government must hold the second public hearing within 180 days after receipt of agency comments (see section 163.3184(3)(c)1, Florida Statutes).
  • If the local government fails within 180 days after receipt of agency comments to hold a second public hearing, the amendments are deemed withdrawn unless extended by agreement and notice to the State Land Planning Agency and any affected party that provided comments on the amendment.
  • Local governments must transmit three copies of the adopted comprehensive plan amendment package within ten working (10) days after the second public hearing to the State Land Planning Agency and one copy to any other agency or local government that provided timely comments (see section 163.3184(3)(c)2, Florida Statutes).
  • State Land Planning Agency must determine completeness of the adopted plan amendment package and notify the local government within five (5) working days after receipt (see section 163.3184(3)(c)3, Florida Statutes).

Adopted Amendment Package Contents

An adopted plan amendment package is determined complete if it includes:

  1. Executed copy of the adoption ordinance
  2. Text in strike-through/underline format
  3. For Future Land Use Map amendment change
    • a. copy of the Future Land Use Map depicting existing land use designation and depicting the adopted land use designation
  4. Copy of any data and analysis

Challenge Period and Effective Date

  • Within 30 days after the local government adopts the plan amendment, an affected person may file a petition with the Division of Administrative Hearings challenging the plan amendment.
  • Within 30 days after receipt of a complete adopted plan amendment package, the State Land Planning Agency reviews the adopted plan amendment and can file a challenge to the amendment with the Division of Administrative Hearings based on comments provided by a review agency during the proposed amendment phase.
  • If no challenge is filed, the amendment becomes effective 31 days after the State Land Planning Agency notifies the local government that the amendment package is complete.
  • If a challenge is filed, the amendment becomes effective after issuance of a final order by the State Land Planning Agency or the Administration Commission.
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