Department of Economic Opportunity, Departmental  



    DEO Final Order No. DEO-19-039



    ORDINANCE NO. 027-2019




    The Department of Economic Opportunity (“Department”) hereby issues its Final Order, pursuant to subsections 380.05(6) and 380.0552(9), Florida Statutes, approving land development regulations adopted by Monroe County, Florida, Ordinance No. 027-2019 (the “Ordinance”).


    1.                  The Florida Keys Area is designated by Section 380.0552, Florida Statutes, as an area of critical state concern.  Monroe County is a local government within the Florida Keys Area.

    2.                  The Ordinance was adopted by Monroe County on July 17, 2019, and rendered to the Department on August 19, 2019.

    3.                  The Ordinance provides for an additional 356-day extension to a previously approved interim development ordinance, Ordinance 012-2017, which was approved by Department’s Final Order DEO 17-145. Ordinance 012-2017 provided for deferring the processing of applications for Monroe County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code amendments, development agreements, and minor and major conditional use permits, relating to proposed occupancy by “three unrelated people,” or “two unrelated people and any children related to either of them” of a dwelling unit, and applications utilizing the term “lock-out.” Ordinance 018-2018, which was approved by Department Final Order DEO 19-027, previously provided a 365-day extension for Ordinance 012-2017.


    4.                  The Department is required to approve or reject land development regulations that are adopted by any local government in an area of critical state concern.  See §§ 380.05(6) and 380.0552(9), Fla Stat.

    5.                  “Land development regulations” include local zoning, subdivision, building, and other regulations controlling the development of land.  § 380.031(8), Fla. Stat.  The regulations adopted by the Ordinance are land development regulations. 

    6.                     The Ordinance is consistent with the Monroe County Comprehensive Plan generally, as required by subsection 163.3177(1), Florida Statutes, and specifically, with Objective 101.5.

    7.                  All land development regulations enacted, amended, or rescinded within an area of critical state concern must be consistent with the principles for guiding development for that area.  §§ 380.05(6) and 380.0552(9), Fla Stat. The Principles for Guiding Development for the Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern are set forth in subsection 380.0552(7), Florida Statutes.

    8.                  The Ordinance is consistent with the Principles for Guiding Development as a whole, and specifically complies with the following:

    (a)Strengthening local government capabilities for managing land use and development so that local government is able to achieve these objectives without continuing the area of critical state concern designation.

    (n) Protecting the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Florida Keys and maintaining the Florida Keys as a unique Florida resource.

    WHEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that the Department finds that Monroe County Ordinance No. 027-2019 is consistent with the Monroe County Comprehensive Plan and Principles for Guiding Development for the Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern and is hereby APPROVED.

    This Order becomes effective 21 days after publication in the Florida Administrative Register, unless a petition is timely filed as described in the Notice of Administrative Rights below.

    DONE AND ORDERED in Tallahassee, Florida.

    /s/James D. Stansbury, James D. Stansbury, Chief, Bureau of Community Planning and Growth, Department of Economic Opportunity

    Notice of administrative rights

    Any person whose substantial interests are affected by this order has the opportunity for an administrative proceeding pursuant to section 120.569, Florida statutes, BY FILING A PETITION.

    A petition must be filed with the agency clerk of the department of economic opportunity within 21 calendar days of the date of Filing of the final order as indicated on the certificate of service. A petition is filed when it is received by: Agency Clerk, Department of Economic Opportunity, Office of the general Counsel, 107 East Madison St., MSC 110, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4128, Fax (850)921-3230,

    You waive the right to any administrative proceeding if you do not file a petition with the agency clerk within 21 calendar days of the date of the filing of the final order.

    For the required contents of a petition challenging agency action, refer to subsections 28-106.104(2), 28-106.201(2), and section 28-106.301, Florida Administrative Code.

    Depending on whether or not material facts are disputed in the petition, a hearing will be conducted pursuant to either section 120.569 and subsection 120.57(1), Florida statutes, or Section 120.569 and subsection 120.57(2), Florida statutes.

    Pursuant to section 120.573, florida statutes, and chapter 28, part iv, florida administrative code, YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT mediation is not available.


    I HEREBY CERTIFY that the original of the foregoing Final Order has been filed with the undersigned designated Agency Clerk, and that true and correct copies have been furnished to the following persons by the methods indicated this 16th day of October, 2019.

    /s/Janay Lovett, Agency Clerk, Department of Economic Opportunity, 107 East Madison Street, MSC 110, Tallahassee, FL  32399-4128

    By U.S. Mail:

    The Honorable Sylvia Murphy, Mayor, Monroe County, 102050 Overseas Highway, Suite 234, Key Largo, Florida 33037

    Kevin Madok, Clerk, Monroe County, Board of County Commissioners, PO Box 1980, Key West, Florida 33041

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