Pay As You Grow

by Teresa Austin, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 2, Pg. 64-65

Document Type: Feature article


In Florida, the local plans are in, the dickering is almost done. Now, before a new housing or office development is permitted adequate infrastructure must be in place—concurrently. At issue is the section Florida's Growth Management Act, which states: It is the intent of the Legislature that the public facilities and services needed to support development shall be available concurrent with the impacts of development. The penalty for noncompliance is a cutoff of state funds, mainly for revenue sharing. The legislature passed the act in 1985 in response to rapid development (Florida's population has almost doubled since the 1970s), an overburdened infrastructure and a threatened environment. Following acceptance of a statewide comprehensive plan, more than 450 local governments (both county and city) began submitting plans that outline the next 20 years of local development to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for approval. The last of the local plans were submitted last summer. Many local communities throughout the U.S. have had similar adequate facilities ordinances, but Florida is the first to adopt such a policy statewide. Even though the legislature never meant for concurrency to stop development, without funding for the prerequisite facilities it can.

Subject Headings: Legislation | Infrastructure | Public buildings | Housing | Public services | Revenues | Population projection | Local government | Florida | United States

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