Department of Economic Opportunity, Division of Community Development  



    Division of Community Development

    Final Order Number DEO-19-030



                ORDINANCE NO. 19-046




    The Department of Economic Opportunity (“Department”) hereby issues its Final Order, pursuant to subsection 380.05(6), Florida Statutes, approving land development regulations adopted by Polk County, Florida, (the “County”) Ordinance No. 19-046 (the “Ordinance”).


    1.                  The Green Swamp Area is designated by section 380.0551, Florida Statutes, as an area of critical state concern. The County is a local government within the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern.

    2.                  The Ordinance was adopted by the County on July 16, 2019, and rendered to the Department on July 26, 2019.

    3.                  The Ordinance amends provisions within the County’s Land Development Code relating to the North Ridge Selected Area Plan under Section 401.06.E.3.  The Ordinance modifies existing use limitations in Sections 401.06.3.e, 401.06.3.f, 401.06.3.i, 401.06.3.y, and 401.06.3.z, from 20 percent to 30 percent.  The Ordinance also amends certain acreage requirements in Sections 401.06.3.f and 401.06.3.i., and removes the 15 percent retail cap from the ECX district under Section 401.06.E.3.r.    


    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 section 380.05(6), Florida Statutes; See also Chapter 28-26, Florida Administrative Code.

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

    6.                     The Ordinance is consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan generally, as required by section 163.3177(1), Florida Statutes, and specifically, Policy 2.131-Q4.

    7.                  All land development regulations enacted, amended, or rescinded within an area of critical state concern must also be consistent with the principles for guiding development for that area.   See section 380.05(6), Florida Statutes.  The Principles for Guiding Development for the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern are set forth in rule 28-26.003(1), Florida Administrative Code. 

    8.                  The Ordinance is consistent with the Principles for Guiding Development as a whole, and is not inconsistent with any of the Principles for Guiding Development.

    WHEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that the Department finds that Polk County Ordinance No. 19-046 is consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan and the Principles for Guiding Development for the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern and is hereby APPROVED.

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    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 Stansbury

                                                                            James D. Stansbury, Bureau 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 17th day of September, 2019.

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

    By U.S. Mail:

    Honorable George Lindsey III, Chairman, Polk County, Florida, P.O. Box 9005, Drawer BC01, Bartow, FL 33831

    John Bohde, Director, Land Development, Polk County, P.O. Box 9005, Drawer GM03, Bartow, FL 33831

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