The Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (Chapter 2013-224, Laws of Florida) was approved by the Florida Legislature in April, 2013, and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 27, 2013. The Act became effective July 1, 2013. The Act is intended to facilitate the development of new and the expansion of existing manufacturing businesses within the State of Florida.
Local Manufacturing Development Approval Program
The Act allows local governments (cities and counties) to establish a manufacturing master development plan review process. The process provides the ability for an applicant for a new or expanding manufacturing business to go through a single local-level master development plan process and, upon approval, proceed to development without requiring any additional approvals or permits, except for building permits. Approved applications would not expire for a minimum of 10 years.
- Local governments may establish a manufacturing master development plan review program by adopting an enabling ordinance. The enabling ordinance must satisfy minimum applicable criteria in the Act, including identifying the locations where the program will apply, and the appropriate application review process.
- A local government that elects to establish a local manufacturing development program shall submit a copy of the ordinance establishing the program to the Department of Economic Opportunity within 20 days after the ordinance is enacted.
- A local government ordinance adopted before July 1, 2013, may be used to establish the local manufacturing development program, so long as the ordinance satisfies the minimum criteria established in the Act and if the local government submits a copy of the ordinance to the department on or before September 1, 2013.
- An ordinance establishing a local manufacturing development program should be sent to the following address:
Department of Economic Opportunity
Division of Community Development
107 East Madison Street, MSC-160
Tallahassee, FL 32399-4120
Model Local Manufacturing Development Program Ordinance
The Act requires the Department of Economic Opportunity to develop a model ordinance that local governments can use to create their own local manufacturing development program ordinance. The Department's model ordinance is available in Word and pdf formats:
State Coordinated Manufacturing Development Approval Process
The Act requires that the Department of Economic Opportunity coordinate the manufacturing development approval process with participating agencies for those manufacturers developing or expanding in a city or county that has adopted an ordinance establishing a local manufacturing development program.
The State-coordinated process includes collaboration and coordination among, and simultaneous review by, the participating agencies of applications for the following state development approvals:
- Wetland or environmental resource permits
- Surface water management permits
- Stormwater permits
- Consumptive water use permits
- Wastewater permits
- Air emission permits
- Permits relating to listed species
- Highway or roadway access permits
- Any other state development approval within the scope of a participating agency's authority
In addition to the Department of Economic Opportunity, the following agencies are participating in the State-coordinated process:
- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- The Florida Department of Transportation
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Each of the State's five Water Management Districts
Local Governments that Have Adopted a Local Manufacturing Development Program Ordinance:
How Can I Find Out More About the Program?