Developments of Regional Impact (Watch)

Developments of Regional Impact (Watch)

CS/CS/SB 1244 (Lee) and CS/CS/HB 1151 (La Rosa) substantially revise and limit the statewide guidelines and standards for existing developments of regional impact (DRIs). In 2015, legislation passed that essentially dismantled the long-standing DRI review process and instead required new large-scale projects to follow the state coordinated review process. The legislation addresses existing DRIs in Florida by largely removing most state oversight over them and instead, requires local government approvals. The bills repeal requirements for DRI applications and DRI review procedures, and would require local approvals, rather than the DRI process to amend an existing development order. The bills would impact the instances in which exactions from former DRI projects can be required. The legislation preserves all entitlements, vested rights and other protections for existing DRIs. (Cruz)