Policy and Advocacy
Latest Update from Tallahassee Feb. 16 Legislative Reporter
There are three weeks remaining in the legislative session, with March 8 scheduled as the last day. APA Florida has taken a position on the following bills:
SB 738/HB789 are matching glitch bills for the Live Local Act. We are generally in support of these bills; however, we have heavy concerns about the added floor area ratio preemptions. We signed a collaboration letter to DEP Secretary Hamilton that asks him to clarify with legislative leaders that the bills' allowance of awarding attorneys fees would be in noncompliance with the Clear Water Act.
"We ask that you consider, and advise the Legislature on, the implications of noncompliance with EPA regulations requiring public participation in the permitting process, including the potential revocation of state assumption of 404 permitting."
SB 224/HB 413 would allow citizen advisory committees, whose membership is composed solely of representatives of four or more counties, to meet virtually.
SB 266/HB 287 prohibits FDOT from annually committing more than 20 percent of fee-driven revenue to public transit projects.
Review the chapter's 2024 Legislative Platform here.
A great win for Florida community planning APA Florida, Communities Win in Court Ruling of Critical Comprehensive Plan Consistency Challenge
The Florida First District Court of Appeal has handed down an important decision reaffirming the statutory mandate that all development orders be consistent with the local comprehensive plan – all of the plan, not just comprehensive plan provisions related to use, density and intensity.
The mandate is a hallmark of the Community Planning Act and its antecedent legislation dating back to the 1970s, and especially as strengthened by the 1985 growth management legislation in the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulations Act. APA Florida member Nancy Stroud, FAICP, Esq. recaps the decision for us.
APA Florida’s legislative program aims to harness all the planning profession offers into a resource that is an asset to the Legislature. It is the goal of the APA Florida legislative program to educate elected officials on planning issues and advocate for excellence in planning by providing expert review of legislative proposals as well as advocate for issues based on our adopted Legislative Platform. APA Florida members add value to legislative deliberations and creditability to APA Florida as a resource and statewide network of planning professionals.
APA Florida’s legislative program also provides numerous resources to chapter members to help them learn about major policy shifts at the state level and to follow planning related legislation through the legislative session. Throughout the Legislative Session, APA Florida provides numerous resources to planners.These include:
Public Policy Workshop - A two day virtual workshop on statewide policy and key issues that are expected to arise during the upcoming session
Session Summary - summary of major planning related bills passed during the session
Bill Tracking Reports - Listing of planning related bills that is updated weekly during the Legislative Session
Legislative Reporter - APA Florida's electronic newsletter on legislative issues, sent out during the legislative session
APA Florida’s Legislative Platform represents the chapter’s views on professional planning issues especially related to the state’s annual Legislative Session. The Legislative Platform is adopted annually by the members. It guides the work of the chapter’s Legislative Policy Committee, Executive Committee, Executive Director and Legislative Representative in advocating for legislation consistent with the Legislative Platform.