Florida Growth Management Law Florida’s growth management truly began in 1985 with the landmark Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act, also known as Florida’s Growth Management Act. This piece of legislature requires the sixty-seven counties and 410 local municipalities in Florida write up and adopt official comprehensive plans, which outline their future growth, and development intentions. By employing this regulation, citizens of an area have a democratic say regarding what they want their community to look like in the future. In these comprehensive plans, local governments address the future of transportation, housing, roads, recreation, conservation, and various other facets of community life. While these plans and the Growth Management Act prevent massive concentration and overcrowding in neighborhoods, they also protect the environment. Leading up to the Growth Management Act, several laws were passed in order to touch upon any challengeable aspect of growth management. In 1972, the Environmental
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