Water supply planning requirements
Legislative changes in 2005, which were affirmed by the 2011 Florida Legislature through the Community Planning Act (Chapter 2011-139, Laws of Florida), require local governments to address enhanced water supply planning requirements in their comprehensive plans. The information provided below is to assist local governments in complying with the enhanced water supply planning requirements.
As of 2005, each local government in Florida must update its comprehensive plan to include:
- A policy enabling water supply and facility concurrency
- A policy enabling coordination of the comprehensive plan with the appropriate water management district’s regional water supply plan
- An update of the Conservation Element to identify the current and projected water needs and sources for a minimum 10-year period
- A 5-year schedule of capital improvements that includes water supply development components, if needed
Also, changes to the future land use map or policy changes relative to the set of land uses allowed on the future land use map must be supported by data and analysis that demonstrate adequate water supply and facilities to meet the demand associated with the changes.
In addition, those local governments that are located within a water management district’s regional water supply planning area, or in the case of St. Johns River Water Management District, a “priority water resource caution area,” must adopt a 10-year water supply facilities work plan-related comprehensive plan amendment within 18 months of the applicable district’s Governing Board approval of its regional water supply plan (RWSP) per Section 163.3177(6)(c)3, Florida Statutes.
10-year water supply facilities work plans (work plans)
A Water Supply Facilities Work Plan (Work Plan) identifies and plans for the water supply sources and facilities needed to serve existing and new development within a county's or municipality's jurisdiction. Within 18 months of the district adopting or updating a Regional Water Supply Plan, each local government within that region must prepare and adopt a Work Plan that will become part of its comprehensive plan.
For information regarding the required content of the work plan-related amendments, please refer to “A Guide to the Preparation of the Water Supply Facilities Work Plans” updated by the state land planning agency in July 2012.
Future land use map amendments
Per Section 163.3177(6)(a)2.d, Florida Statutes, plan amendments must be based on appropriate data and analysis to demonstrate the availability of water supplies and water supply facilities necessary to accommodate existing and anticipated water use demand.
In July 2012, the state land planning agency updated a technical assistance document entitled, “A Guide to the Data and Analysis to Support Comprehensive Plan Amendments.” This document is a resource for local governments in the preparation of water supply and facilities data and analysis to support proposed comprehensive plan amendments, particularly those that would change the future land use map to significantly increase density or intensity of development and demand for water.
Updated on 5-5-2016