Planning - Comp Plan Amendments

 

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  • What are the types of Comprehensive Plan amendments?
    Answer:

    ​There are text amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and site specific map amendments to the County's Future Land Use Atlas (FLUA). Text amendments may only be initiated by the Planning Commission, Board of County Commissioners, or a property owner when submitting an associated FLUA amendment. Site specific FLUA amendments to change the Future Land Use designation for a property may be initiated by the property owner, the Planning Commission, or the Board of County Commissioners.


  • Are there different types of Future Land Use Atlas (FLUA) amendment requests?
    Answer:

    Yes. There are 2 types: Small Scale Amendments and Large Scale Amendments and these can be government or privately initiated.


  • What factors are involved with a Large Scale Amendment request?
    Answer:

    ​a. The Planning Division accepts applications for Large Scale Amendment requests twice per year.

    b. The Large Scale Amendment process takes approximately 10 months and involves public hearings with the County's Planning Commission (sitting as the Local Planning Agency) and the Board of County Commissioners.


  • What factors are involved with a Small Scale Amendment (SCA) request?
    Answer:

    a. The Planning Division accepts applications for Small Scale Amendments four times per year.

    b. In addition to the under 10 acre and other limitations set by State Statutes, the County has established specific criteria that Small Scale Amendments must meet in order to be processed (see the Introduction & Administration Element of the Comprehensive Plan).

    c. The SCA process generally takes 6 months and involves public hearings with the County's Planning Commission' (sitting as the Local Planning Agency (LPA) and the Board of County Commissioners.


  • Are members of the public permitted to comment on either type of Future Land Use Atlas (FLUA) amendment request?
    Answer:

    Yes. Any member of the public may speak at Public Hearings held by the Planning Commission or Board of County Commissioners to consider amendments or provide written comments to the Planning Division prior to the hearing. Public notification of the hearing dates are provided in the Palm Beach Post, on the PZB web page, and by individual notices sent to property owners within 500 feet (1,000 feet in the Rural and Exurban Tiers) of a property subject to a proposed FLUA amendment request are notified in writing of the proposed request.


  • Who is the Planning Commission (PLC)?
    Answer:

    ​The Planning Commission is an advisory board appointed by the BCC. Their duties and authority are outlined in ULDC Article 2.G.3, APPOINTED BODIES as amended, Ordinance 2008-003.


  • Who has the authority to approve or deny a Future Land Use Amendment (FLUA)?
    Answer:

    ​All proposed amendments are presented at Public Hearings to the Board of County Commissioners for action. The Board my vote to postpone, deny or adopt an amendment.