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ORGANIZING AND WRITING LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS

Explore guidelines and techniques for the writing of land development regulations. “When you are writing laws, you ae testing words to find their utmost power (Mantel)”. You are writing for posterity – be clear and concise.

Organization and Formatting. Land development regulations should be organized and formatted as reference documents. The application of the code to an individual parcel or project is paramount. Follow the flow of the development process.
o A logical outline for regulation
o Separate standards from procedure
o Understand the clear lines of legislative and quasi-judicial decisionmaking
o Avoid duplication and overlap
Drafting Goals. Clear and understandable documents that are:
o Internally and externally consistent
o Implement the desired policy outcome
o Enforceable
o Have no – or few – unintended consequences
o Survive legal challenges
Drafting Guidelines. When drafting;
o Understand the real purpose and desired outcome
o Understand the audience
o Use technical and precise terms
o Avoid vague terms
o Don’t be lawyerly
o Avoid jargon
o Keep substantive regulations out of definitions
Who should draft ordinances? Planners write documents without understanding legal issues. Lawyers write documents without understanding the planning issues. Stakeholders look at regulations differently. Explore techniques and procedures for the drafting, review and adoption of land development regulations

Each participant will receive a copy of the Florida Planning Officials Handbook, presentation and course materials related to the topic and a Certificate of Completion

AICP CM – American Institute of Certified Planners – 1.5 AICP CM Credits