Florida’s Planning ProcessSince its founding in 1986, 1000 Friends has firmly believed that the citizen must play an active role in the planning process in order to create sustainable, vital and livable communities. With passage of the 2011 Community Planning Act, it is more important than ever that citizens get involved in shaping their community. Included on this page are some resources for the “citizen planner,” including a variety of publications that overview this state’s growth management process, as well as links to key state legislation regarding planning and growth management.
If you believe a state agency should comment on a comprehensive plan amendment being considered in your community, we encourage you to contact them directly–agency contact list.
Become a “Citizen Planner”
Two new publications are now available: Growth Management 101 under Florida’s Community Planning Act and Citizen Participation under Florida’s 2011 Community Planning Act. With drastic changes to state growth management law, your participation in the local planning process is now more important than ever. Find out how you can make a difference.
Check out this series of no-cost, on-demand webinars on Energy Smart Planning for Florida. Suitable for citizens, elected officials and professional planners. They have been approved for AICP CM credits (including one for legal credits and Florida Bar C.L.E.R.).
Department of Economic Opportunity– Department of Economic Opportunity SB 2156: Reorganization Report. Final Report: Organization Structure for the Department of Economic Opportunity. Article in The Current: Reports provide recommendations for new Department of Economic Opportunity
Florida Division of Community Planning and Development (DCPD)–Under the 2011 Community Planning Act, DCPD replaces DCA as the state’s land planning agency. This site provides information on the 2011 Community Planning Act and its implementation.
Citizen Planning Bill of Rights–1000 Friends encourages communities to adopt the Citizen Planning Bill of Rights to give citizens greater opportunities to participate in the local planning process. The following communities have adopted all or some of the provisions included in1000 Friends’ recommended Citizen Planning Bill of Rights: Gadsden County, St. Johns County, City of North Miami Beach, City of Hallandale Beach, Martin County, Sarasota County, City of Sarasota.
2011 Session–Find here some of the extensive media coverage on growth management generated during the 2011 Legislative Session when significant changes were made to Florida’s growth management process.
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Why Planning is an Effective Development Tool for Florida — In light of the economic downturn, this consensus report from the state’s leading planning and conservation groups outlines the economic benefits of protecting the state’s most important asssets, saving taxpayer dollars, and developing a workable plan for Florida. 2011.
Smart Growth for Florida’s Future — The state’s leading conservation and planning organizations joined together to develop some consensus recommendations on how to better promote smart growth in Florida. 2009.
Why Florida Needs Smart Growth — This series of essays from some of the state’s developers, elected officials, conservationists, and academics explores how smart growth benefits Florida. 2009.
Florida 2060 — This series of studies examines how Florida will grow and developby 2060 if we do not change its patterns of development, and provides recommendations on how to follow the principles of smart growth for a better outcome. Materials inculde the Executive Summary, Statewide Summary, Regional Fact Sheets (Northwest, Panhandle and Big Bend, Northeast, Central, Southwest, Southeast and the Florida Keys), plus full reports Florida 2060: A Population Distribution Scenario for the State of Florida and A Time for Leadership: Growth Management and Florida 2060. Additionally, the University of Central Florida released Alternative 2060 which shows a different future for Florida.
Working to Sustain Florida’s Rural and Natural Lands: A Call to Action — 1000 Friends Chairman Emeritus Nathaniel Reed spoke with some of the state’s leading conservationists, agricultural leaders, developers, planners and others and then crafted a series of recommendations to help stem the dramatic loss of Florida’s rural lands to urban development. October 2007.
Florida’s Evolving Large-scale Ecological Greenways System — This report by Doug Alderson and Dan Pennington was prepared with the generous support of the Plum Creek Foundation. October 2010.
Conservation Visioning: Creating An Action Plan for Parks and Land Conservation — This brochure from the Trust for Public Land addresses the steps involved in successful land conservation efforts and shares success stories from around the nation.