Comprehensive planning

Comprehensive planning amendments

Comprehensive planning amendments are required by Florida Statutes to 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.

For information regarding the preparation of data and analysis to support proposed comprehensive plan amendments, particularly those that would significantly increase density or intensity of development and demand for water, please refer to the guide prepared by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Water Supply Facilities 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 developments 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 comprehensive plan amendments, please refer to the guide prepared by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Water supply planning requirements

Florida Statutes require local governments to address enhanced water supply planning requirements in their comprehensive plans. 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