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A bill to be entitled

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An act relating to building code standards; amending s.

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163.04, F.S.; revising provisions authorizing the use of

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solar collectors and other energy devices; amending s.

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163.3177, F.S.; revising requirements for the future land

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use element of a local comprehensive plan to include

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energy-efficient land use patterns and greenhouse gas

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reduction strategies; requiring that the traffic-

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circulation element of a local comprehensive plan

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incorporate transportation strategies to reduce greenhouse

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gas emissions; requiring that the land use map or map

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series contained in the future land use element of a local

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comprehensive plan identify and depict energy

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conservation; requiring that the home element of a local

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comprehensive plan include energy efficiency in the design

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and construction of new housing and use of renewable

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energy resources; providing that certain counties may not

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receive state affordable housing funds under certain

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circumstances; requiring each unit of local government

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within an urbanized area to amend the transportation

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element of a local comprehensive plan to incorporate

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transportation strategies addressing reduction in

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greenhouse gas emissions; amending s. 489.105, F.S.;

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expanding the scope of the definition of "roofing

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contractor" to include contractors performing required

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roof-deck attachments and any repair or replacement of

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wood roof sheathing or fascia as needed during roof repair

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or replacement; amending s. 553.36, F.S.; redefining the

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term "manufactured building" for purposes of the Florida

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Manufactured Building Act to include modular and factory-

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built buildings; amending s. 553.37, F.S.; requiring the

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Department of Community Affairs to adopt rules related to

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the inspection, construction, and modification of

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manufactured buildings; requiring the department to

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develop an insignia to be affixed to newly constructed

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manufactured buildings; authorizing the department to

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charge a fee for the insignia; providing requirements for

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the insignia; requiring the department to develop minimum

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criteria for a manufacturer's data plate; amending s.

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553.381, F.S.; conforming provisions; amending s. 553.415,

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F.S.; requiring the department to require that an insignia

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be affixed to all newly constructed factory-built school

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buildings; providing requirements for the manufacturer's

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data plate; amending s. 553.71, F.S.; providing a

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definition; amending s. 553.73, F.S.; expanding required

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codes to be included in Florida Building Code updates;

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expanding the list of reasons the commission may amend the

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Florida Building Code; providing requirements for the

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retroactive application of parts of the Florida Building

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Code to commercial wireless communications towers;

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amending s. 553.74, F.S.; revising requirements for

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selecting members of the Florida Building Commission;

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revising membership of the commission; deleting obsolete

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provisions; amending s. 553.75, F.S.; authorizing the

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Florida Building Commission to use communications media

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technology in conducting its meetings or meetings held in

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conjunction with commission meetings; providing for public

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comment at meetings of the commission; amending s. 553.77,

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F.S.; authorizing the commission to implement

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recommendations relating to energy efficiency in

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residential and commercial buildings; amending s. 553.775,

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F.S.; authorizing the commission to render declaratory

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statements; amending s. 553.80, F.S.; providing that the

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enforcement of construction regulations relating to secure

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mental health treatment facilities under the jurisdiction

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of the Department of Children and Family Services shall be

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enforced exclusively by the department in conjunction with

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the review authority of the Agency for Health Care

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Administration; amending s. 553.842, F.S.; requiring the

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commission to review the list of product evaluation

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entities; providing reporting requirements; providing for

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rulemaking; designating an entity as an approved

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production evaluation entity until October 1, 2009;

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providing criteria for substitution of approved products  

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under certain conditions; providing for the expiration of

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certain product approvals; amending s. 553.844, F.S.;

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revising provisions requiring the adoption of certain

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mitigation techniques by the Florida Building Commission

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within the Florida Building Code for certain structures;

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amending s. 553.885, F.S.; requiring the installation of

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carbon monoxide detectors in certain new hospitals,

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hospice and nursing homes facilities; creating s. 553.886,

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F.S.; requiring that the Florida Building Code facilitate

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and promote the use of certain renewable energy

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technologies in buildings; amending s. 553.901, F.S.;

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requiring the commission to adopt by rule a definition of

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the term "cost-effective"; creating s. 553.9061, F.S.;

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establishing a schedule of required increases in the

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energy performance of buildings subject to the Florida

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Building Code; providing a process for implementing goals

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to increase energy-efficiency performance in new

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buildings; providing a schedule for the implementation of

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such goals; identifying energy-efficiency performance

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options and elements available to meet energy-efficiency

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performance requirements; providing a schedule for the

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review and adoption of renewable energy-efficiency goals

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by the commission; requiring the commission to conduct a

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study to evaluate the energy-efficiency rating of new

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buildings and appliances; requiring the commission to

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submit a report to the President of the Senate and the

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Speaker of the House of Representatives on or before a

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specified date; requiring the commission to conduct a

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study to evaluate opportunities to restructure the Florida

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Energy Code for Building Construction, including the

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integration of the Thermal Efficiency Code, the Energy

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Conservation Standards Act, and the Florida Building

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Energy-Efficiency Rating Act; requiring the commission to

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submit a report to the President of the Senate and the

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Speaker of the House of Representatives on or before a

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specified date; directing the Department of Community

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Affairs, in conjunction with the Florida Energy

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Affordability Council, to identify and review issues

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relating to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

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and the Weatherization Assistance Program; requiring the

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submission of a report to the President of the Senate and

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the Speaker of the House of Representatives on or before a

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specified date; providing for the expiration of certain

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study requirements; repealing s. 553.731, F.S., relating

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to wind-borne debris protection requirements; providing

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for construction and interpretation of the repeal;

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repealing s. 627.351(6)(a)6., F.S.; providing requirements

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for certain properties to meet building code plus

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requirements as a condition of eligibility for coverage by

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Citizens Property Insurance Corporation; amending s.

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718.113, F.S.; authorizing the board of a condominium or a

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multicondominium to install solar collectors,

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clotheslines, or other energy-efficient devices on

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association property; requiring the Florida Building

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Commission to include certain information in its report to

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the Legislature; providing an effective date.

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Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

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     Section 1.  Subsection (2) of section 163.04, Florida

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Statutes, is amended to read:

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     163.04  Energy devices based on renewable resources.--

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     (2) A deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or similar

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binding agreement may not No deed restrictions, covenants, or

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similar binding agreements running with the land shall prohibit

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or have the effect of prohibiting solar collectors, clotheslines,

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or other energy devices based on renewable resources from being

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installed on buildings erected on the lots or parcels covered by

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the deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or binding agreement

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restrictions, covenants, or binding agreements. A property owner

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may not be denied permission to install solar collectors or other

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energy devices based on renewable resources by any entity granted

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the power or right in any deed restriction, covenant,

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declaration, or similar binding agreement to approve, forbid,

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control, or direct alteration of property with respect to

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residential dwellings and within the boundaries of a condominium

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unit not exceeding three stories in height. For purposes of this

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subsection, Such entity may determine the specific location where

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solar collectors may be installed on the roof within an

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orientation to the south or within 45° east or west of due south

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if provided that such determination does not impair the effective

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operation of the solar collectors.

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     Section 2.  Paragraphs (a), (b), (d), (f), and (j) of

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subsection (6) of section 163.3177, Florida Statutes, are amended

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to read:

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     163.3177  Required and optional elements of comprehensive

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plan; studies and surveys.--

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     (6)  In addition to the requirements of subsections (1)-(5)

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and (12), the comprehensive plan shall include the following

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elements:

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     (a)  A future land use plan element designating proposed

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future general distribution, location, and extent of the uses of

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land for residential uses, commercial uses, industry,

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agriculture, recreation, conservation, education, public

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buildings and grounds, other public facilities, and other

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categories of the public and private uses of land. Counties are

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encouraged to designate rural land stewardship areas, pursuant to

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the provisions of paragraph (11)(d), as overlays on the future

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land use map. Each future land use category must be defined in

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terms of uses included, and must include standards to be followed

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in the control and distribution of population densities and

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building and structure intensities. The proposed distribution,

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location, and extent of the various categories of land use shall

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be shown on a land use map or map series which shall be

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supplemented by goals, policies, and measurable objectives. The

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future land use plan shall be based upon surveys, studies, and

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data regarding the area, including the amount of land required to

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accommodate anticipated growth; the projected population of the

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area; the character of undeveloped land; the availability of

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water supplies, public facilities, and services; the need for

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redevelopment, including the renewal of blighted areas and the

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elimination of nonconforming uses which are inconsistent with the

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character of the community; the compatibility of uses on lands

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adjacent to or closely proximate to military installations; the

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discouragement of urban sprawl; energy-efficient land use

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patterns accounting for existing and future electric power

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generation and transmission systems; greenhouse gas reduction

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strategies; and, in rural communities, the need for job creation,

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capital investment, and economic development that will strengthen

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and diversify the community's economy. The future land use plan

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may designate areas for future planned development use involving

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combinations of types of uses for which special regulations may

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be necessary to ensure development in accord with the principles

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and standards of the comprehensive plan and this act. The future

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land use plan element shall include criteria to be used to

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achieve the compatibility of adjacent or closely proximate lands

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with military installations. In addition, for rural communities,

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the amount of land designated for future planned industrial use

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shall be based upon surveys and studies that reflect the need for

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job creation, capital investment, and the necessity to strengthen

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and diversify the local economies, and shall not be limited

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solely by the projected population of the rural community. The

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future land use plan of a county may also designate areas for

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possible future municipal incorporation. The land use maps or map

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series shall generally identify and depict historic district

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boundaries and shall designate historically significant

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properties meriting protection. For coastal counties, the future

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land use element must include, without limitation, regulatory

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incentives and criteria that encourage the preservation of

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recreational and commercial working waterfronts as defined in s.

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342.07. The future land use element must clearly identify the

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land use categories in which public schools are an allowable use.

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When delineating the land use categories in which public schools

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are an allowable use, a local government shall include in the

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categories sufficient land proximate to residential development

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to meet the projected needs for schools in coordination with

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public school boards and may establish differing criteria for

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schools of different type or size. Each local government shall

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include lands contiguous to existing school sites, to the maximum

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extent possible, within the land use categories in which public

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schools are an allowable use. The failure by a local government

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to comply with these school siting requirements will result in

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the prohibition of the local government's ability to amend the

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local comprehensive plan, except for plan amendments described in

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s. 163.3187(1)(b), until the school siting requirements are met.

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Amendments proposed by a local government for purposes of

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identifying the land use categories in which public schools are

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an allowable use are exempt from the limitation on the frequency

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of plan amendments contained in s. 163.3187. The future land use

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element shall include criteria that encourage the location of

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schools proximate to urban residential areas to the extent

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possible and shall require that the local government seek to

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collocate public facilities, such as parks, libraries, and

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community centers, with schools to the extent possible and to

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encourage the use of elementary schools as focal points for

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neighborhoods. For schools serving predominantly rural counties,

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defined as a county with a population of 100,000 or fewer, an

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agricultural land use category shall be eligible for the location

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of public school facilities if the local comprehensive plan

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contains school siting criteria and the location is consistent

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with such criteria. Local governments required to update or amend

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their comprehensive plan to include criteria and address

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compatibility of adjacent or closely proximate lands with

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existing military installations in their future land use plan

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element shall transmit the update or amendment to the department

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by June 30, 2006.

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     (b)  A traffic circulation element consisting of the types,

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locations, and extent of existing and proposed major

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thoroughfares and transportation routes, including bicycle and

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pedestrian ways. Transportation corridors, as defined in s.

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334.03, may be designated in the traffic circulation element

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pursuant to s. 337.273. If the transportation corridors are

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designated, the local government may adopt a transportation

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corridor management ordinance. The traffic circulation element

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shall incorporate transportation strategies to address reduction

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in greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

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     (d)  A conservation element for the conservation, use, and

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protection of natural resources in the area, including air,

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water, water recharge areas, wetlands, waterwells, estuarine

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marshes, soils, beaches, shores, flood plains, rivers, bays,

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lakes, harbors, forests, fisheries and wildlife, marine habitat,

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minerals, and other natural and environmental resources,

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including factors that affect energy conservation. Local

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governments shall assess their current, as well as projected,

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water needs and sources for at least a 10-year period,

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considering the appropriate regional water supply plan approved

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pursuant to s. 373.0361, or, in the absence of an approved

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regional water supply plan, the district water management plan

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approved pursuant to s. 373.036(2). This information shall be

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submitted to the appropriate agencies. The land use map or map

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series contained in the future land use element shall generally

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identify and depict the following:

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     1.  Existing and planned waterwells and cones of influence

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where applicable.

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     2.  Beaches and shores, including estuarine systems.

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     3.  Rivers, bays, lakes, flood plains, and harbors.

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     4.  Wetlands.

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     5.  Minerals and soils.

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     6. Energy conservation.

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The land uses identified on such maps shall be consistent with

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applicable state law and rules.

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     (f)1.  A housing element consisting of standards, plans, and

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principles to be followed in:

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     a.  The provision of housing for all current and anticipated

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future residents of the jurisdiction.

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     b.  The elimination of substandard dwelling conditions.

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     c.  The structural and aesthetic improvement of existing

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housing.

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     d.  The provision of adequate sites for future housing,

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including affordable workforce housing as defined in s.

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380.0651(3)(j), housing for low-income, very low-income, and

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moderate-income families, mobile homes, and group home facilities

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and foster care facilities, with supporting infrastructure and

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public facilities.

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     e.  Provision for relocation housing and identification of

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historically significant and other housing for purposes of

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conservation, rehabilitation, or replacement.

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     f.  The formulation of housing implementation programs.

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     g.  The creation or preservation of affordable housing to

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minimize the need for additional local services and avoid the

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concentration of affordable housing units only in specific areas

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of the jurisdiction.

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     h. Energy efficiency in the design and construction of new

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housing.

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     i. Use of renewable energy resources.

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     j. h. By July 1, 2008, Each county in which the gap between

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the buying power of a family of four and the median county home

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sale price exceeds $170,000, as determined by the Florida Housing

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Finance Corporation, and which is not designated as an area of

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critical state concern shall adopt a plan for ensuring affordable

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workforce housing. At a minimum, the plan shall identify adequate

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sites for such housing. For purposes of this sub-subparagraph,

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the term "workforce housing" means housing that is affordable to

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natural persons or families whose total household income does not

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exceed 140 percent of the area median income, adjusted for

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household size.

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     k. As a precondition to receiving any state affordable

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housing funding or allocation for any project or program within

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the jurisdiction of a county that is subject to sub-subparagraph

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j., a county must, by July 1 of each year, provide certification

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that the county has complied with the requirements of sub-

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subparagraph j.

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     i. Failure by a local government to comply with the

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requirement in sub-subparagraph h. will result in the local

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government being ineligible to receive any state housing

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assistance grants until the requirement of sub-subparagraph h. is

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met.

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The goals, objectives, and policies of the housing element must

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be based on the data and analysis prepared on housing needs,

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including the affordable housing needs assessment. State and

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federal housing plans prepared on behalf of the local government

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must be consistent with the goals, objectives, and policies of

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the housing element. Local governments are encouraged to use

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utilize job training, job creation, and economic solutions to

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address a portion of their affordable housing concerns.

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     2.  To assist local governments in housing data collection

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and analysis and assure uniform and consistent information

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regarding the state's housing needs, the state land planning

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agency shall conduct an affordable housing needs assessment for

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all local jurisdictions on a schedule that coordinates the

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implementation of the needs assessment with the evaluation and

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appraisal reports required by s. 163.3191. Each local government

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shall utilize the data and analysis from the needs assessment as

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one basis for the housing element of its local comprehensive

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plan. The agency shall allow a local government the option to

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perform its own needs assessment, if it uses the methodology

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established by the agency by rule.

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     (j)  For each unit of local government within an urbanized

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area designated for purposes of s. 339.175, a transportation

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element, which shall be prepared and adopted in lieu of the

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requirements of paragraph (b) and paragraphs (7)(a), (b), (c),

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and (d) and which shall address the following issues:

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     1.  Traffic circulation, including major thoroughfares and

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other routes, including bicycle and pedestrian ways.

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     2.  All alternative modes of travel, such as public

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transportation, pedestrian, and bicycle travel.

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     3.  Parking facilities.

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     4.  Aviation, rail, seaport facilities, access to those

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facilities, and intermodal terminals.

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     5.  The availability of facilities and services to serve

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existing land uses and the compatibility between future land use

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and transportation elements.

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     6.  The capability to evacuate the coastal population prior

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to an impending natural disaster.

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     7.  Airports, projected airport and aviation development,

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and land use compatibility around airports.

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     8.  An identification of land use densities, building

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intensities, and transportation management programs to promote

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public transportation systems in designated public transportation

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corridors so as to encourage population densities sufficient to

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support such systems.

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     9.  May include transportation corridors, as defined in s.

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334.03, intended for future transportation facilities designated

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pursuant to s. 337.273. If transportation corridors are

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designated, the local government may adopt a transportation

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corridor management ordinance.

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     10. The incorporation of transportation strategies to

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address reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the

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transportation sector.

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     Section 3.  Paragraph (e) of subsection (3) of section

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489.105, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:

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     489.105  Definitions.--As used in this part:

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     (3)  "Contractor" means the person who is qualified for, and

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shall only be responsible for, the project contracted for and

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means, except as exempted in this part, the person who, for

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compensation, undertakes to, submits a bid to, or does himself or

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herself or by others construct, repair, alter, remodel, add to,

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demolish, subtract from, or improve any building or structure,

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including related improvements to real estate, for others or for

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resale to others; and whose job scope is substantially similar to

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the job scope described in one of the subsequent paragraphs of

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this subsection. For the purposes of regulation under this part,

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"demolish" applies only to demolition of steel tanks over 50 feet

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in height; towers over 50 feet in height; other structures over

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50 feet in height, other than buildings or residences over three

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stories tall; and buildings or residences over three stories

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tall. Contractors are subdivided into two divisions, Division I,

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consisting of those contractors defined in paragraphs (a)-(c),

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and Division II, consisting of those contractors defined in

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paragraphs (d)-(q):

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     (e)  "Roofing contractor" means a contractor whose services

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are unlimited in the roofing trade and who has the experience,

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knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, alter, extend,

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or design, when not prohibited by law, and use materials and

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items used in the installation, maintenance, extension, and

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alteration of all kinds of roofing, waterproofing, and coating,

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except when coating is not represented to protect, repair,

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waterproof, stop leaks, or extend the life of the roof. The scope

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of work of a roofing contractor also includes required roof-deck

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attachments and any repair or replacement of wood roof sheathing

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or fascia as needed during roof repair or replacement.

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     Section 4.  Subsection (13) of section 553.36, Florida

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Statutes, is amended to read:

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     553.36  Definitions.--The definitions contained in this

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section govern the construction of this part unless the context

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otherwise requires.

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     (13) "Manufactured building", "modular building," or

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"factory-built building" means a closed structure, building

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assembly, or system of subassemblies, which may include

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structural, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, or other

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service systems manufactured in manufacturing facilities for

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installation or erection as a finished building or as part of a

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finished building, which shall include, but not be limited to,

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residential, commercial, institutional, storage, and industrial

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structures. The term includes buildings not intended for human

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habitation such as lawn storage buildings and storage sheds

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manufactured and assembled offsite by a manufacturer certified in

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conformance with this part. This part does not apply to mobile

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homes.

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     Section 5.  Section 553.37, Florida Statutes, is amended to

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read:

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     553.37  Rules; inspections; and insignia.--

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     (1)  The Florida Building Commission shall adopt within the

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Florida Building Code requirements for construction or

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modification of manufactured buildings and building modules, to

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address:

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     (a)  Submittal to and approval by the department of

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manufacturers' drawings and specifications, including any

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amendments.

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     (b)  Submittal to and approval by the department of

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manufacturers' internal quality control procedures and manuals,

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including any amendments.

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     (c) Minimum inspection criteria. Procedures and

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qualifications for approval of third-party plan review and

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inspection entities and of those who perform inspections and plan

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reviews.

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     (2) The department shall adopt rules to address:

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     (a) Procedures and qualifications for approval of third-

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party plan review and inspection agencies and of those who

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perform inspections and plan reviews.

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     (b)(d) Investigation of consumer complaints of

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noncompliance of manufactured buildings with the Florida Building

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Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code.

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     (c)(e) Issuance, cancellation, and revocation of any

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insignia issued by the department and procedures for auditing and

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accounting for disposition of them.

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     (d)(f) Monitoring the manufacturers', inspection agencies'

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entities', and plan review agencies' entities' compliance with

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this part and the Florida Building Code. Monitoring may include,

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but is not limited to, performing audits of plans, inspections of

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manufacturing facilities and observation of the manufacturing and

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inspection process, and onsite inspections of buildings.

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     (e)(g) The performance by the department of any other

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functions required by this part.

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     (3)(2) After the effective date of the Florida Building

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Code, no manufactured building, except as provided in subsection

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(12) (11), may be installed in this state unless it is approved

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and bears the insignia of approval of the department and a

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manufacturer's data plate. Approvals issued by the department

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under the provisions of the prior part shall be deemed to comply

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with the requirements of this part.

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     (4)(3) All manufactured buildings issued and bearing

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insignia of approval pursuant to subsection (3) (2) shall be

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deemed to comply with the Florida Building Code and are exempt

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from local amendments enacted by any local government.

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     (5)(4) No manufactured building bearing department insignia

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of approval pursuant to subsection (3) (2) shall be in any way

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modified prior to installation, except in conformance with the

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Florida Building Code.

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     (6)(5) Manufactured buildings which have been issued and

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bear the insignia of approval pursuant to this part upon

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manufacture or first sale shall not require an additional

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approval or insignia by a local government in which they are

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subsequently sold or installed. Buildings or structures that meet

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the definition of "open construction" are subject to permitting

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by the local jurisdiction and are not required to bear insignia.

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     (7)(6) If the department Florida Building Commission

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determines that the standards for construction and inspection of

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manufactured buildings prescribed by statute or rule of another

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state are at least equal to the Florida Building Code and that

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such standards are actually enforced by such other state, it may

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provide by rule that the manufactured building which has been

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inspected and approved by such other state shall be deemed to

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have been approved by the department and shall authorize the

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affixing of the appropriate insignia of approval.

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     (8)(7) The department Florida Building Commission, by rule,

503

shall establish a schedule of fees to pay the cost of incurred by

504

the department for the work related to administration and

505

enforcement of this part.

506

     (9)(8) The department may delegate its enforcement

507

authority to a state department having building construction

508

responsibilities or a local government. The department may

509

delegate its plan review and inspection authority to one or more

510

of the following in any combination:

511

     (a) A state department having building construction

512

responsibilities;,

513

     (b) A local government;,

514

     (c) An approved inspection agency;,

515

     (d) An approved plan review agency;, or

516

     (e) An agency of another state.

517

     (9) If the commission delegates its inspection authority to

518

third-party approved inspection agencies, manufacturers must have

519

one, and only one, inspection agency responsible for inspection

520

of a manufactured building, module, or component at all times.

521

     (10) The department shall develop an insignia to be affixed

522

to all newly constructed buildings by the manufacturer or the

523

inspection agency prior to the building leaving the plant. The

524

department may charge a fee for issuing such insignias. Such

525

insignias shall bear the department's name, the state seal, an

526

identification number unique to that insignia, and such other

527

information as the department may require by rule. If the

528

commission delegates its inspection authority to third-party

529

approved plan review agencies, manufacturers must have one, and

530

only one, plan review agency responsible for review of plans of a

531

manufactured building, module, or component at all times.

532

     (11) The department shall by rule develop minimum criteria

533

for manufacturer's data that must be affixed to all newly

534

constructed buildings by the manufacturer prior to the building

535

leaving the plant. Custom or one-of-a-kind prototype manufactured

536

buildings shall not be required to have state approval but must

537

comply with all local requirements of the governmental agency

538

having jurisdiction at the installation site.

539

     Section 6.  Subsections (1) and (3) of section 553.381,

540

Florida Statutes, are amended to read:

541

     553.381  Manufacturer certification.--

542

     (1)  Before manufacturing buildings to be located within

543

this state or selling manufactured buildings within this state,

544

whichever occurs later, a manufacturer must be certified by the

545

department. The department shall certify a manufacturer upon

546

receipt from the manufacturer and approval and verification by

547

the department of the following:

548

     (a)  The manufacturer's internal quality control procedures

549

and manuals, including any amendments;

550

     (b)  Evidence that the manufacturer has product liability

551

insurance for the safety and welfare of the public in amounts

552

determined by rule of the department commission; and

553

     (c) The fee established by the department commission under

554

s. 553.37(8) s. 553.37(7).

555

     (3)  Certification of manufacturers under this section shall

556

be for a period of 3 years, subject to renewal by the

557

manufacturer. Upon application for renewal, the manufacturer must

558

submit the information described in subsection (1) or a sworn

559

statement that there has been no change in the status or content

560

of that information since the manufacturer's last submittal. Fees

561

for renewal of manufacturers' certification shall be established

562

by the department commission by rule.

563

     Section 7.  Subsections (11) and (12) of section 553.415,

564

Florida Statutes, are amended to read:

565

     553.415  Factory-built school buildings.--

566

     (11) The department shall require that an insignia bearing

567

the department's name and state seal and a manufacturer's data

568

plate develop a unique identification label to be affixed to all

569

newly constructed factory-built school buildings and existing

570

factory-built school buildings which have been brought into

571

compliance with the standards for existing "satisfactory"

572

buildings pursuant to chapter 5 of the Uniform Code for Public

573

Educational Facilities, and after March 1, 2002, the Florida

574

Building Code. The department may charge a fee for issuing such

575

insignias labels. The manufacturer's data plate Such labels,

576

bearing the department's name and state seal, shall, at a

577

minimum, contain:

578

     (a)  The name of the manufacturer.

579

     (b)  The standard plan approval number or alteration number.

580

     (c)  The date of manufacture or alteration.

581

     (d)  The serial or other identification number.

582

     (e)  The following designed-for loads: lbs. per square foot

583

live load; lbs. per square foot floor live load; lbs. per square

584

foot horizontal wind load; and lbs. per square foot wind uplift

585

load.

586

     (f)  The designed-for flood zone usage.

587

     (g)  The designed-for wind zone usage.

588

     (h)  The designed-for enhanced hurricane protection zone

589

usage: yes or no.

590

     (12) Such insignia and data plate identification label

591

shall be permanently affixed by the manufacturer in the case of

592

newly constructed factory-built school buildings, or by the

593

department or its designee in the case of an existing factory-

594

built building altered to comply with provisions of s. 1013.20.

595

     Section 8.  Subsection (11) is added to section 553.71,

596

Florida Statutes, to read:

597

     553.71  Definitions.--As used in this part, the term:

598

     (11) "Temporary" includes, but is not limited to, buildings

599

identified by, but not designated as permanent structures on, an

600

approved development order.

601

     Section 9.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (6) and subsection

602

(7) of section 553.73, Florida Statutes, are amended, and

603

subsection (13) is added to that section, to read:

604

     553.73  Florida Building Code.--

605

     (6)(a)  The commission, by rule adopted pursuant to ss.

606

120.536(1) and 120.54, shall update the Florida Building Code

607

every 3 years. When updating the Florida Building Code, the

608

commission shall select the most current version of the

609

International Building Code, the International Fuel Gas Code, the

610

International Mechanical Code, the International Plumbing Code,

611

and the International Residential Code, all of which are adopted

612

by the International Code Council, and the National Electrical

613

Code, which is adopted by the National Fire Protection

614

Association, to form the foundation codes of the updated Florida

615

Building Code, if the version has been adopted by the applicable

616

model code entity and made available to the public at least 6

617

months prior to its selection by the commission. The commission

618

shall select the most current version of the International Energy

619

Conservation Code as a foundation code if the code is modified by

620

the commission to maintain the compliance methods and policies,

621

without diminishing the building component efficiencies, of the

622

Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction adopted

623

and amended pursuant to s. 553.901.

624

     (7)  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (3) or

625

subsection (6), the commission may address issues identified in

626

this subsection by amending the code pursuant only to the rule

627

adoption procedures contained in chapter 120. Provisions of the

628

Florida Building Code, including those contained in referenced

629

standards and criteria, relating to wind resistance or the

630

prevention of water intrusion may not be amended pursuant to this

631

subsection to diminish those construction requirements; however,

632

the commission may, subject to conditions in this subsection,

633

amend the provisions to enhance those construction requirements.

634

Following the approval of any amendments to the Florida Building

635

Code by the commission and publication of the amendments on the

636

commission's website, authorities having jurisdiction to enforce

637

the Florida Building Code may enforce the amendments. The

638

commission may approve amendments that are needed to address:

639

     (a)  Conflicts within the updated code;

640

     (b)  Conflicts between the updated code and the Florida Fire

641

Prevention Code adopted pursuant to chapter 633;

642

     (c)  The omission of previously adopted Florida-specific

643

amendments to the updated code if such omission is not supported

644

by a specific recommendation of a technical advisory committee or

645

particular action by the commission;

646

     (d)  Unintended results from the integration of previously

647

adopted Florida-specific amendments with the model code; or

648

     (e) Changes to federal or state law; or.

649

     (f) Adoption of an updated edition of the National

650

Electrical Code if the commission finds that delay of

651

implementing the updated edition causes undue hardship to

652

stakeholders or otherwise threatens the public health, safety,

653

and welfare.

654

     (13) The general provisions of the Florida Building Code

655

for buildings and other structures shall not apply to commercial

656

wireless communication towers when such general provisions are

657

inconsistent with the provisions of the code controlling radio

658

and television towers. This subsection is intended to be remedial

659

in nature and to clarify existing law.

660

     Section 10.  Subsections (1) and (2) of section 553.74,

661

Florida Statutes, are amended to read:

662

     553.74  Florida Building Commission.--

663

     (1)  The Florida Building Commission is created and shall be

664

located within the Department of Community Affairs for

665

administrative purposes. Members shall be appointed by the

666

Governor subject to confirmation by the Senate. The commission

667

shall be composed of 25 23 members, consisting of the following:

668

     (a)  One architect registered to practice in this state and

669

actively engaged in the profession. The American Institute of

670

Architects, Florida Section, is encouraged to recommend a list of

671

candidates for consideration.

672

     (b)  One structural engineer registered to practice in this

673

state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida

674

Engineering Society is encouraged to recommend a list of

675

candidates for consideration.

676

     (c)  One air-conditioning or mechanical contractor certified

677

to do business in this state and actively engaged in the

678

profession. The Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association,

679

the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors

680

Association, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of

681

Florida are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for

682

consideration.

683

     (d)  One electrical contractor certified to do business in

684

this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida

685

Electrical Contractors Association and the National Electrical

686

Contractors Association, Florida Chapter, are encouraged to

687

recommend a list of candidates for consideration.

688

     (e)  One member from fire protection engineering or

689

technology who is actively engaged in the profession. The Florida

690

Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the

691

Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association are encouraged

692

to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.

693

     (f)  One general contractor certified to do business in this

694

state and actively engaged in the profession. The Associated

695

Builders and Contractors of Florida, the Florida Associated

696

General Contractors Council, and the Union Contractors

697

Association are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for

698

consideration.

699

     (g)  One plumbing contractor licensed to do business in this

700

state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida

701

Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors is

702

encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.

703

     (h)  One roofing or sheet metal contractor certified to do

704

business in this state and actively engaged in the profession.

705

The Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal, and Air Conditioning

706

Contractors Association and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning

707

Contractors National Association are encouraged to recommend a

708

list of candidates for consideration.

709

     (i)  One residential contractor licensed to do business in

710

this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida

711

Home Builders Association is encouraged to recommend a list of

712

candidates for consideration.

713

     (j)  Three members who are municipal or district codes

714

enforcement officials, one of whom is also a fire official. The

715

Building Officials Association of Florida and the Florida Fire

716

Marshals and Inspectors Association are encouraged to recommend a

717

list of candidates for consideration.

718

     (k)  One member who represents the Department of Financial

719

Services.

720

     (l)  One member who is a county codes enforcement official.

721

The Building Officials Association of Florida is encouraged to

722

recommend a list of candidates for consideration.

723

     (m)  One member of a Florida-based organization of persons

724

with disabilities or a nationally chartered organization of

725

persons with disabilities with chapters in this state.

726

     (n)  One member of the manufactured buildings industry who

727

is licensed to do business in this state and is actively engaged

728

in the industry. The Florida Manufactured Housing Association is

729

encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.

730

     (o)  One mechanical or electrical engineer registered to

731

practice in this state and actively engaged in the profession.

732

The Florida Engineering Society is encouraged to recommend a list

733

of candidates for consideration.

734

     (p)  One member who is a representative of a municipality or

735

a charter county. The Florida League of Cities and the Florida

736

Association of Counties are encouraged to recommend a list of

737

candidates for consideration.

738

     (q)  One member of the building products manufacturing

739

industry who is authorized to do business in this state and is

740

actively engaged in the industry. The Florida Building Material

741

Association, the Florida Concrete and Products Association, and

742

the Fenestration Manufacturers Association are encouraged to

743

recommend a list of candidates for consideration.

744

     (r)  One member who is a representative of the building

745

owners and managers industry who is actively engaged in

746

commercial building ownership or management. The Building Owners

747

and Managers Association is encouraged to recommend a list of

748

candidates for consideration.

749

     (s)  One member who is a representative of the insurance

750

industry. The Florida Insurance Council is encouraged to

751

recommend a list of candidates for consideration.

752

     (t)  One member who is a representative of public education.

753

     (u) One member who is a swimming pool contractor licensed

754

to do business in this state and actively engaged in the

755

profession. The Florida Swimming Pool Association and the United

756

Pool and Spa Association are encouraged to recommend a list of

757

candidates for consideration shall be the chair.

758

     (v) One member who is a representative of the green

759

building industry and who is a third-party commission agent, a

760

Florida board member of the United States Green Building Council

761

or Green Building Initiative, or a LEED-accredited professional.

762

     (w) One member who shall be the chair.

763

764

Any person serving on the commission under paragraph (c) or

765

paragraph (h) on October 1, 2003, and who has served less than

766

two full terms is eligible for reappointment to the commission

767

regardless of whether he or she meets the new qualification.

768

     (2) All appointments shall be for terms of 4 years, except

769

that of the chair who shall serve at the pleasure of the

770

Governor. Each person who is a member of the Board of Building

771

Codes and Standards on the effective date of this act shall serve

772

the remainder of their term as a member of the Florida Building

773

Commission. Except for the chair, newly created positions on the

774

Florida Building Commission shall be appointed after February 1,

775

1999. A vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the

776

unexpired term. Any member who shall, during his or her term,

777

cease to meet the qualifications for original appointment,

778

through ceasing to be a practicing member of the profession

779

indicated or otherwise, shall thereby forfeit membership on the

780

commission.

781

     Section 11.  Section 553.75, Florida Statutes, is amended to

782

read:

783

553.75  Organization of commission; rules and regulations;

784

meetings; staff; fiscal affairs; public comment.--

785

     (1)  The commission shall meet on call of the secretary. The

786

commission shall annually elect from its appointive members such

787

officers as it may choose.

788

     (2)  The commission shall meet at the call of its chair, at

789

the request of a majority of its membership, at the request of

790

the department, or at such times as may be prescribed by its

791

rules. The members shall be notified in writing of the time and

792

place of a regular or special meeting at least 7 days in advance

793

of the meeting. A majority of members of the commission shall

794

constitute a quorum.

795

     (3)  The department shall be responsible for the provision

796

of administrative and staff support services relating to the

797

functions of the commission. With respect to matters within the

798

jurisdiction of the commission, the department shall be

799

responsible for the implementation and faithful discharge of all

800

decisions of the commission made pursuant to its authority under

801

the provisions of this part. The department is specifically

802

authorized to use communications media technology in conducting

803

meetings of the commission or any meetings held in conjunction

804

with meetings of the commission.

805

     (4) Meetings of the commission shall be conducted so as to

806

encourage participation by interested persons in attendance. At a

807

minimum, the commission shall provide one opportunity for

808

interested members of the public in attendance at a meeting to

809

comment on each proposed action of the commission before a final

810

vote is taken on any motion.

811

     Section 12.  Present subsection (5) of section 553.77,

812

Florida Statutes, is renumbered as subsection (6), and a new

813

subsection (5) is added to that section, to read:

814

     553.77  Specific powers of the commission.--

815

     (5) The commission may implement its recommendations

816

delivered pursuant to subsection (2) of section 48 of chapter

817

2007-73, Laws of Florida, by amending the Florida Energy

818

Efficiency Code for Building Construction as provided in s.

820

     Section 13.  Subsection (5) of section 553.775, Florida

821

Statutes, is amended to read:

822

     553.775  Interpretations.--

823

     (5) The commission may render declaratory statements in

824

accordance with s. 120.565 relating to the provisions of the

825

Florida Accessibility Code for Building Construction not

826

attributable to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility

827

Guidelines. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section,

828

the Florida Accessibility Code for Building Construction and

829

chapter 11 of the Florida Building Code may not be interpreted

830

by, and are not subject to review under, any of the procedures

831

specified in this section. This subsection has no effect upon the

832

commission's authority to waive the Florida Accessibility Code

833

for Building Construction as provided by s. 553.512.

834

     Section 14.  Paragraph (g) is added to subsection (1) of

835

section 553.80, Florida Statutes, to read:

836

     553.80  Enforcement.--

837

     (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (a)-(g) (a)-(f), each

838

local government and each legally constituted enforcement

839

district with statutory authority shall regulate building

840

construction and, where authorized in the state agency's enabling

841

legislation, each state agency shall enforce the Florida Building

842

Code required by this part on all public or private buildings,

843

structures, and facilities, unless such responsibility has been

844

delegated to another unit of government pursuant to s. 553.79(9).

845

     (g) Construction regulations relating to secure mental

846

health treatment facilities under the jurisdiction of the

847

Department of Children and Family Services shall be enforced

848

exclusively by the department in conjunction with the Agency for

849

Health Care Administration's review authority under paragraph

850

(c).

851

852

The governing bodies of local governments may provide a schedule

853

of fees, as authorized by s. 125.56(2) or s. 166.222 and this

854

section, for the enforcement of the provisions of this part. Such

855

fees shall be used solely for carrying out the local government's

856

responsibilities in enforcing the Florida Building Code. The

857

authority of state enforcing agencies to set fees for enforcement

858

shall be derived from authority existing on July 1, 1998.

859

However, nothing contained in this subsection shall operate to

860

limit such agencies from adjusting their fee schedule in

861

conformance with existing authority.

862

     Section 15.  Subsection (17) is added to section 553.842,

863

Florida Statutes, to read:

864

     553.842  Product evaluation and approval.--

865

     (17)(a) The Florida Building Commission shall review the

866

list of evaluation entities in subsection (8) and, in the annual

867

report required under s. 553.77, shall either recommend

868

amendments to the list to add evaluation entities the commission

869

determines should be authorized to perform product evaluations or

870

shall report on the criteria adopted by rule or to be adopted by

871

rule allowing the commission to approve evaluation entities that

872

use the commission's product evaluation process. If the

873

commission adopts criteria by rule, the rulemaking process must

874

be completed by July 1, 2009.

875

     (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (8)(a), the International

876

Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Evaluation

877

Services is approved as an evaluation entity until October 1,

878

2009. If the association does not obtain permanent approval by

879

the commission as an evaluation entity by October 1, 2009,

880

products approved on the basis of an association evaluation must

881

be substituted by an alternative, approved entity by December 31,

882

2009, and on January 1, 2010, any product approval issued by the

883

commission based on an association evaluation is void.

884

     Section 16.  Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section

885

553.844, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:

886

     553.844  Windstorm loss mitigation; requirements for roofs

887

and opening protection.--

888

     (2)  The Florida Building Commission shall:

889

     (b)  Develop and adopt within the Florida Building Code a

890

means to incorporate recognized mitigation techniques for site-

891

built, single-family residential structures constructed before

892

prior to the implementation of the Florida Building Code,

893

including, but not limited to:

894

     1.  Prescriptive techniques for the installation of gable-

895

end bracing;

896

     2.  Secondary water barriers for roofs and standards

897

relating to secondary water barriers. The criteria may include,

898

but need not be limited to, roof shape, slope, and composition of

899

all elements of the roof system. The criteria may not be limited

900

to one method or material for a secondary water barrier;

901

     3.  Prescriptive techniques for improvement of roof-to-wall

902

connections. The Legislature recognizes that the cost of

903

retrofitting existing buildings to meet the code requirements for

904

new construction in this regard may exceed the practical benefit

905

to be attained. The Legislature intends for the commission to

906

provide for the integration of alternate, lower-cost means that

907

may be employed to retrofit existing buildings that are not

908

otherwise required to comply with the requirements of the Florida

909

Building Code for new construction so that the cost of such

910

improvements does not exceed approximately 15 percent of the cost

911

of reroofing. Roof-to-wall connections shall not be required

912

unless evaluation and installation of connections at gable ends

913

or all corners can be completed for 15 percent of the cost of

914

roof replacement. For houses that have both hip and gable roof

915

ends, the priority shall be to retrofit the gable end roof-to-

916

wall connections unless the width of the hip is more than 1.5

917

times greater than the width of the gable end. Priority shall be

918

given to connecting the corners of roofs to walls below the

919

locations at which the spans of the roofing members are greatest;

920

     4.  Strengthening or correcting roof-decking attachments and

921

fasteners during reroofing; and

922

     5.  Adding or strengthening opening protections.

923

     Section 17.  Subsection (1) of section 553.885, Florida

924

Statutes, is amended to read:

925

     553.885  Carbon monoxide alarm required.--

926

     (1) Every building, other than a hospital, an inpatient

927

hospice facility, or a nursing home facility licensed by the

928

Agency for Health Care Administration, for which a building

929

permit is issued for new construction on or after July 1, 2008,

930

and having a fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance, a

931

fireplace, or an attached garage shall have an approved

932

operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within 10 feet of

933

each room used for sleeping purposes. For a new hospital, an

934

inpatient hospice facility, or a nursing home facility licensed

935

by the Agency for Health Care Administration, an approved

936

operational carbon monoxide detector shall be installed inside or

937

directly outside of each room or area within the hospital or

938

facility were a fossil-fuel burning heater, engine, or appliance

939

is located. This detector shall be connected to the fire-alarm

940

system of the hospital or facility as a supervisory signal.

941

     Section 18.  Section 553.886, Florida Statutes, is created

942

to read:

943

     553.886 Energy-efficiency technologies.--The provisions of

944

the Florida Building Code must facilitate and promote the use of

945

cost-effective energy conservation, energy-demand management, and

946

renewable energy technologies in buildings.

947

     Section 19.  Section 553.901, Florida Statutes, is amended

948

to read:

949

     553.901  Purpose of thermal efficiency code.--The Department

950

of Community Affairs shall prepare a thermal efficiency code to

951

provide for a statewide uniform standard for energy efficiency in

952

the thermal design and operation of all buildings statewide,

953

consistent with energy conservation goals, and to best provide

954

for public safety, health, and general welfare. The Florida

955

Building Commission shall adopt the Florida Energy Efficiency

956

Code for Building Construction within the Florida Building Code,

957

and shall modify, revise, update, and maintain the code to

958

implement the provisions of this thermal efficiency code and

959

amendments thereto, in accordance with the procedures of chapter

960

120. The department shall, at least triennially, determine the

961

most cost-effective energy-saving equipment and techniques

962

available and report its determinations to the commission, which

963

shall update the code to incorporate such equipment and

964

techniques. The proposed changes shall be made available for

965

public review and comment no later than 6 months prior to code

966

implementation. Before initiating rulemaking for amendments to

967

the Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction, the

968

commission shall adopt by rule a definition of the term "cost-

969

effective," for the purposes of this part, which shall include

970

the criteria and measures to be used by the commission to

971

evaluate proposed amendments shall be construed to mean cost-

972

effective to the consumer.

973

     Section 20.  Section 553.9061, Florida Statutes, is created

974

to read:

975

     553.9061 Scheduled increases in thermal efficiency

976

standards.--

977

     (1) This section establishes a schedule of required

978

increases in the energy-efficiency performance of buildings that

979

are subject to the requirements for energy efficiency as

980

contained in the current edition of the Florida Building Code.

981

The Florida Building Commission shall implement the following

982

energy-efficiency goals using the triennial code-adoption process

983

established for updates to the Florida Building Code in s.

984

553.73:

985

     (a) Include requirements in the 2010 edition of the Florida

986

Building Code to increase the energy-efficiency performance of

987

new buildings by at least 20 percent as compared to the

988

performance achieved as a result of the implementation of the

989

energy-efficiency provisions contained in the 2004 edition of the

990

Florida Building Code, as adopted on May 22, 2007;

991

     (b) Include requirements in the 2013 edition of the Florida

992

Building Code to increase the energy-efficiency performance of

993

new buildings by at least 30 percent as compared to the

994

performance achieved as a result of the implementation of the

995

energy-efficiency provisions contained in the 2004 edition of the

996

Florida Building Code, as adopted on May 22, 2007;

997

     (c) Include requirements in the 2016 edition of the Florida

998

Building Code to increase the energy-efficiency performance of

999

new buildings by at least 40 percent as compared to the

1000

performance achieved as a result of the implementation of the

1001

energy-efficiency provisions contained in the 2004 edition of the

1002

Florida Building Code, as adopted on May 22, 2007; and

1003

     (d) Include requirements in the 2019 edition of the Florida

1004

Building Code to increase the energy-efficiency performance of

1005

new buildings by at least 50 percent as compared to the

1006

performance achieved as a result of the implementation of the

1007

energy-efficiency provisions contained in the 2004 edition of the

1008

Florida Building Code, as adopted on May 22, 2007.

1009

     (2) The commission shall identify in any code-support and

1010

compliance documentation the specific building options and

1011

elements available to meet the energy-efficiency performance

1012

requirements under subsection (1). Energy-efficiency performance

1013

options and elements include, but are not limited to:

1014

     (a) Solar water heating;

1015

     (b) Energy-efficient appliances;

1016

     (c) Energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights;

1017

     (d) Low solar-absorption roofs, also known as "cool roofs";

1018

     (e) Enhanced ceiling and wall insulation;

1019

     (f) Reduced-leak duct systems;

1020

     (g) Programmable thermostats; and

1021

     (h) Energy-efficient lighting systems.

1022

     (3) The Florida Energy Commission shall review the energy-

1023

efficiency goals established in subsection (1) at least once

1024

every 3 years, and such review must be completed before the

1025

triennial code-adoption process established in s. 553.73.

1026

     Section 21. (1) The Florida Building Commission shall

1027

conduct a study to evaluate the energy-efficiency rating of new

1028

buildings and appliances. The study must include a review of the

1029

current energy-efficiency ratings and consumer labeling

1030

requirements specified in chapter 553, Florida Statutes. The

1031

commission shall submit a written report of its study to the

1032

President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of

1033

Representatives on or before February 1, 2009. The report must

1034

contain the commission's recommendations regarding the

1035

strengthening and integration of energy-efficiency ratings and

1036

labeling requirements.

1037

     (2) The provisions of this section expire July 1, 2009.

1038

     Section 22. (1) The Florida Building Commission shall

1039

conduct a study to evaluate opportunities to restructure the

1040

Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction to

1041

achieve long-range improvements to building energy performance.

1042

During such study, the commission shall address the integration

1043

of the Thermal Efficiency Code established in part V of chapter

1044

553, Florida Statutes, the Energy Conservation Standards Act

1045

established in part VI of chapter 553, Florida Statutes, and the

1046

Florida Building Energy-Efficiency Rating Act established in part

1047

VIII of chapter 553, Florida Statutes.

1048

     (2) The commission shall submit a report containing

1049

specific recommendations on the integration of the code and acts

1050

identified in subsection (1) to the President of the Senate and

1051

the Speaker of the House of Representatives on or before February

1052

1, 2009.

1053

     (3) The provisions of this section expire July 1, 2009.

1054

     Section 23. (1) The Department of Community Affairs, in

1055

conjunction with the Florida Energy Affordability Coalition,

1056

shall identify and review issues relating to the Low-Income Home

1057

Energy Assistance Program and the Weatherization Assistance

1058

Program, and identify recommendations that:

1059

     (a) Support customer health, safety, and well-being;

1060

     (b) Maximize available financial and energy-conservation

1061

assistance;

1062

     (c) Improve the quality of service to customers seeking

1063

assistance; and

1064

     (d) Educate customers to make informed decisions regarding

1065

energy use and conservation.

1066

     (2) On or before January 1, 2009, the department shall

1067

report its findings and any recommended statutory changes

1068

required to implement such findings to the President of the

1069

Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

1070

     (3) The provisions of this section expire July 1, 2009.

1071

     Section 24.  Section 553.731, Florida Statutes, is repealed.

1072

     Section 25. The repeal of s. 553.731, Florida Statutes, by

1073

this act, does not diminish or authorize changes that diminish

1074

the provisions of the Florida Building Code relating to wind

1075

resistance or water intrusion which were adopted pursuant to

1076

chapter 2007-1, Laws of Florida.

1077

     Section 26. Subparagraph 6. of paragraph (a) of subsection

1078

(6) of s. 627.351, Florida Statutes, is repealed.

1079

     Section 27.  Subsection (6) is added to section 718.113,

1080

Florida Statutes, to read:

1081

     718.113  Maintenance; limitation upon improvement; display

1082

of flag; hurricane shutters.--

1083

     (6) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section or the

1084

governing documents of a condominium or a multicondominium

1085

association, the board of administration may, without any

1086

requirement for approval of the unit owners, install upon or

1087

within the common elements or association property solar

1088

collectors, clotheslines, or other energy-efficient devices based

1089

on renewable resources for the benefit of the unit owners.

1090

     Section 28. The Florida Building Commission shall submit

1091

the text of the rule required by section 19 of this act to the

1092

Legislature in its report to the 2009-2010 Legislature, and shall

1093

provide an effective date for the rule by July 1, 2009.

1094

     Section 29.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2008.

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