Authorized by the 2002 Florida Legislature, the Local Government Comprehensive Planning Certification Program allows up to eight local governments per year to be exempt from comprehensive plan review by the Department of Community Affairs. To be eligible, a local government must demonstrate a record of effectively adopting, implementing and enforcing its comprehensive plan and demonstrate technical, financial and administrative expertise. The local government must also demonstrate that it has adopted programs in the comprehensive plan and land development regulations that promote infill development and redevelopment; promote affordable housing, achieve effective intergovernmental coordination and address extrajurisdictional effects of development; promote economic diversity; provide and maintain public urban and rural open space and recreational opportunities; manage transportation and land uses to support public transit; use design principles; redevelop blighted areas, adopt a local mitigation strategy; encourage clustered mixed-use development, encourage urban infill, and assure protection of key natural areas and agricultural lands.

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