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 that
12projects designated as target industry businesses and
13located in charter counties that meet certain criteria are
14eligible for expedited permitting; providing an effective
17Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
19     Section 1.  This act may be cited as the "Mike McHugh Act."
20     Section 2.  Section 380.0657, Florida Statutes, is created
21to read:
22     380.0657  Expedited permitting process for economic
23development projects.--
24     (1)  The Department of Environmental Protection and, as
25appropriate, the water management districts created under
26chapter 373 shall adopt programs to expedite the processing of
27wetland resource and environmental resource permits for economic
28development projects that have been identified by a municipality
29or county as meeting the definition of target industry
30businesses under s. 288.106, with the exception of those
31projects requiring approval by the Board of Trustees of the
32Internal Improvement Trust Fund.
33     (2)  A municipality or county shall provide an identified
34business with a city or county commission resolution identifying
35the business as a targeted industry business.
36     (3)  A mandatory preapplication review process shall be
37required to reduce permitting conflicts by providing guidance to
38applicants regarding the permits needed from each agency and
39governmental entity, site planning and development, site
40suitability and limitations, facility design, and steps the
41applicant can take to ensure expeditious permit application
43     (4)  A permit application shall be approved or denied
44within 45 days after receipt of the original application, the
45last item of timely requested additional material, or the
46applicant's written request to begin processing the permit
48     (5)  Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, permit
49applications for projects to be located in a charter county that
50has a population of 1.2 million or more and has entered into a
51delegation agreement with the Department of Environmental
52Protection or the applicable water management district to
53process environmental resource permits, wetland resource
54management permits, or surface water management permits pursuant
55to chapter 373 are eligible for expedited permitting under this
56section only upon designation by resolution of the charter
57county's governing board. Before the governing board decides
58that a project is eligible for expedited permitting, it may
59require the county's economic development agency, or such other
60agency that provides advice to the governing board on economic
61matters, to review and recommend whether the project meets the
62definition of a target industry business as defined in s.
63288.106 and to identify the tangible benefits and impacts of the
64project. The governing board's decision shall be made without
65consideration of the project's geographic location within the
66charter county. If the governing board designates the project as
67a target industry business, the permit application for the
68project shall be approved or denied within the timeframe
69provided in subsection (4).
70     Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2009.

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