Florida League of Cities

Department of Commerce (Monitor)

CS/CS/HB 1419 (Tuck) and CS/CS/SB 1420 (Burgess) are comprehensive bills that amend requirements for comprehensive plan amendments and revise the roles of the Florida Department of Commerce (formerly Department of Economic Opportunity). The bills mandate that local governments hold a second public hearing to decide whether to adopt comprehensive plan amendments within 180 days after receiving agency comments. Failure to hold this hearing and adopt the amendments within this timeframe will result in the amendments being deemed withdrawn, unless an extension is agreed upon with the state land planning agency and any affected person who provided comments. The bills require local governments to transmit all adopted amendments, along with supporting data and analysis, to the state land planning agency and any other agency or local government that provided timely comments within 10 working days after the final adoption hearing. If the local government does not meet this 10-working-day deadline, the amendments will be deemed withdrawn. Both bills have been amended to extend the repayment period of the Local Government Emergency Revolving Bridge Loan Program, and any existing loans executed before February 1, 2024, from 5 to 10 years. CS/CS/HB 1419 was amended in the House Commerce Committee to include much of the substance of CS/CS/CS/HB 1177 (Duggan). In addition, CS/CS/HB 1419 was amended to preempt any county ordinances or charter provisions if they have the effect of preempting municipal land development regulations or municipal comprehensive plans. CS/CS/SB 1420 was amended to include a provision prohibiting certain citizen-led county charter amendments not in effect by January 1, 2024, from preempting a development order, a land development regulation, a comprehensive plan or a voluntary annexation. CS/CS/SB 1420 passed the Senate (38-1) and is awaiting action by the House. (Cruz)