Plan / GM FL

Planning and Growth Management in Florida –

This one-day workshop is tailored to the elected and appointed officials who make planning and zoning recommendations and decisions but is equally suitable for practicing professionals. The opportunity for interaction between elected and appointed officials and professional staff is especially rewarding for participants

The course covers the basic laws and planning principles that have shaped the development and approval process in Florida. Planning officials will receive basic instruction about Florida’s planning and growth management system, his/her role and how to do the job more effectively. Each participant will leave the course with a Certificate of Completion and a copy of the Florida Planning Officials Handbook containing the course material along with important reference material and information sources.

Session #1 Planning and Growth Management in Florida. How did we get here? Why do we plan? Who are the players? How is planning conducted in Florida? What is the role of the planning official? What is expected of the planning official?

Session #2 Constitutional and Legal Foundations for Planning. Legal concepts and important case law and what they mean for the planning official. The US and Florida Constitution. The Community Planning Act and other Florida statutes. Legislative decisions vs quasi-judicial decisions. Property rights. Consistency. Rational nexus. Proportionate share

Session #3: The Community Building Process. Overview of the Comprehensive Plan, what it contains, its legal status, the process for its development, evaluation and amendment. A primer on land development codes including zoning, subdivision regulations, planned development, concurrency etc. with emphasis on what the planning official needs to know

Session #4 Decisionmaking. An overview of roles and responsibilities, legislative vs quasi-judicial actions, procedures, substantial competent evidence, public participation and other topics related to decision making.



Gene Boles, FAICP


Continuing Education Credits


AICP CM – American Institute of Certified Planners 6 AICP CM Credits including 1.5 Law Credits

FAC – Florida Association of Counties   6 CCCs ( For County Commssioners)


On Demand Only