Effective June 2, 2011, local governments have more discretion in determining whether they need to update their local comprehensive plan. As such, local governments no longer need to submit evaluation and appraisal reports to the department for a sufficiency determination. Instead, local governments must follow these new provisions:
- At least every seven years, pursuant to Rule Chapter 73C-49, Florida Administrative Code, determine whether the need exists to amend the comprehensive plan to reflect changes in state requirements since the last time the comprehensive plan was updated. See the Evaluation and Appraisal Notification Schedule 2012 - 2018.
- Notify the state land planning agency by letter of this determination.
- If the local government determines amendments to the comprehensive plan are necessary, the local government shall prepare and transmit the proposed amendments to the State Land Planning Agency within one year of such determination. For guidance and more information about these processes, see Amendments that Must Follow the State Coordinated Review Process; Procedures and Timeframes.
- Any local government failing to timely submit a notification letter or proposed amendments within one year of notification may not amend its comprehensive plan until it complies with the requirements.
- The evaluation and appraisal should address changes in state requirements since the last update of the comprehensive plan and update the plan based on changes to local conditions.
Evaluation and Appraisal Information