Community Planning, Development & Services

Information on innovative community planning, development, and support for communities and economic incentives for businesses that create new jobs.

Programs

Comprehensive Planning


(Processing Comprehensive Plan Amendments | Contacts | Mailing Address) This page provides an explanation of the procedures for submitting a comprehensive plan amendment and the requirements for the Evaluation and Appraisal Review of the comprehensive plan. It also describes the expedited review and state coordinated review processes, includes summaries of the Community Planning Act and provides a list of local governments that must submit amendments to adopt criteria to achieve compatibility of uses on lands adjacent or closely proximate to military installations.

Areas of Critical State Concern


The Areas of Critical State Concern Program provides planning and regulatory oversight for areas containing natural resources of statewide significance. Find maps and information about the areas designated as Areas of Critical State Concern, read about the Florida Keys Hurricane Evacuation Workshops and review workshop materials. Access current and historical documents associated with the Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern.

Technical Assistance


Technical assistance is available to help local governments, public and private sector professionals, and Florida’s citizens and businesses understand a variety of land use planning topics ranging from “adaptive management areas”, (planning in the context of sea level rise), to the Waterfronts Florida program, to transportation planning . . . and more! Planning topics cover the requirements of Chapter 163, Florida Statutes. Resources include links to selected local government comprehensive plans and other sources of information regarding land use planning.

Developments of Regional Impact and Florida Quality Developments


A Development of Regional Impact and Florida Quality Development are developments which, because of their character, magnitude, or location, would have a substantial effect upon the health, safety, or welfare of citizens of more than one county. Find information on Development of Regional Impact criteria and thresholds, forms, access the list of local governments classified as Dense Urban Land Areas, review the Developments of Regional Impact process and Frequently Asked Questions on Developments of Regional Impact Permit Extensions.

Community Planning Staff Directory


Find contact information for the staff person who can answer questions about comprehensive plan amendments, developments of regional impact, and other planning issues as well as staff contact for each local government.

Reports Notices and Document Archives


(Objections, Recommendations and Comment Reports, Notices of Intent and the Florida Papers Electronic File Room) Access the Department’s Objections, Recommendations and Comment Reports, Notices of Intent for State Coordinated Review Amendments & the Florida Papers Electronic File Room. Florida Papers offers access to local governments’ comprehensive plans and amendments, and evaluation and appraisal reports and reviews, as well as correspondence and planning documents.

Community Services

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program


Provides funding to local agencies to assist low-income households to meet the cost of heating and cooling through utility payment assistance.

Weatherization Assistance Program


Provides funding to local agencies to help lower monthly utility bills for low-income households by improving the energy efficiency of their home.

Community Services Block Grant Program


Provides resources to local agencies to help low-income individuals become more self-sufficient through education, job training, and referrals.

Florida Hardest Hit


Administered by Florida Housing Finance Corporation, this foreclosure avoidance program may help qualified unemployed/underemployed homeowners sustain and keep their homes.

Assistance for Governments and Organizations

Community Development Block Grant Program


Provides competitive grants to counties and municipalities for economic development initiatives and to support community revitalization, and rehabilitation.

Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program


Provides competitive grants to counties and municipalities for economic development initiatives and to support community revitalization, and rehabilitation.

Disaster Recovery Initiative


Provides resources to counties and municipalities to assist in disaster recovery (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.), and to mitigate damage from future disasters.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program


Provides resources to counties and municipalities to help them purchase and rehabilitate vacant homes, sustain local housing markets, create jobs, and grow local economies.

Special District Accountability Program


The private and public sectors use special districts to finance, construct, operate, and maintain basic capital infrastructure, facilities, and services.

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