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HB 73

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to expedited permitting process for
3economic development projects; providing a short title;
4creating s. 380.0657, F.S.; requiring the Department of
5Environmental Protection and water management districts to
6adopt programs to expedite the processing of permits for
7certain economic development projects; providing an
8exception; requiring municipalities and counties to
9identify certain businesses by commission resolution;
10requiring a preapplication review; providing a timeframe
11for permit application approval or denial; providing an
12effective date.
14Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
16     Section 1.  This act may be cited as the "Mike McHugh Act."
17     Section 2.  Section 380.0657, Florida Statutes, is created
18to read:
19     380.0657  Expedited permitting process for economic
20development projects.--
21     (1)  The Department of Environmental Protection and, as
22appropriate, the water management districts created under
23chapter 373 shall adopt programs to expedite the processing of
24wetland resource and environmental resource permits for economic
25development projects that have been identified by a municipality
26or county as meeting the definition of target industry
27businesses under s. 288.106, with the exception of those
28projects requiring approval by the Board of Trustees of the
29Internal Improvement Trust Fund.
30     (2)  A municipality or county shall provide an identified
31business with a city or county commission resolution identifying
32the business as a targeted industry business.
33     (3)  A mandatory preapplication review process shall be
34required to reduce permitting conflicts by providing guidance to
35applicants regarding the permits needed from each agency and
36governmental entity, site planning and development, site
37suitability and limitations, facility design, and steps the
38applicant can take to ensure expeditious permit application
40     (4)  A permit application shall be approved or denied
41within 45 days after receipt of the original application, the
42last item of timely requested additional material, or the
43applicant's written request to begin processing the permit
45     Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2009.

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