JEFFERSON COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Our mission is to:
1. Provide professional planning services to the citizens, developers, and government officials of Jefferson County.
2. Assist our citizens in their efforts to comply with federal, state, and local regulations enacted for protection of the overall public health, safety and welfare when obtaining construction and development permits.
3. Ensure all efforts of the Department are directed toward enhancement of the existing and future quality of life in Jefferson County, Florida.
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NOTICE: If you are interested in volunteering to serve the citizens of Jefferson County, the County Commissioners representing District 2 and District 3 wish to appoint a person to serve on the Jefferson County Planning Commission. The Board also needs volunteers to serve on the Code Enforcement Board. Membership should include, whenever possible, an architect, a businessman, an engineer, a general contractor, a subcontractor and a realtor; however, while preferred, those are not required. The only true requirement is a desire and commitment to voluntarily serve the citizens of Jefferson County.
Please visit the Planning Department and fill out a “Volunteer Application” form (also available here). Mail or bring the application to the Jefferson County Planning Department, 445 W. Palmer Mill Rd., Monticello, 32344. For further information call 850-342-0223.
DRAFT LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE & PUBLIC WORKSHOPS
The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners is in the process of reviewing the proposed changes to the Jefferson County Land Development Code, the local land use regulations for land use and development in the county. At the October 21, 2014 First Reading Public Hearing, the Board requested staff prepare a draft copy where all proposed additions to the code are shown as underlined and all proposed deletions are stricken through. Staff has included some notes about some of the changes. This latest draft was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on December 16, 2014 and a pdf file of the "INTERLINEATED DRAFT VERSION FOR ILLUSTRATION AND WORKSHOP PURPOSES ONLY" of the proposed Land Development Code is available for reading, printing, or download HERE. The draft may be reviewed (or printed) in your browser online or downloaded for printing and review. A “desk copy” is available for review at the Planning Department office (address above). Copies may also be purchased from the Planning Department for a $5.50 printing cost for black and white with color copies available at extra charge. The current code (without proposed changes) can be viewed below (pdf copies of each chapter are near the bottom of this page).
The Board of County Commissioners held a public workshop on the draft on February 9, 2015, at 6:00 PM at the Courthouse Annex. Input and questions from the public were be taken at that time and as a result, the public has been invited to review the proposed draft and submit questions, comments and any suggested changes to the Planning Department. The Board set the next workshop to be held on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Courthouse Annex. Staff will review the information and respond to the questions, comments, and suggestions and prepare a report to the Board of County Commissioners for their review. The Planning Official and Planning Counsel will review suggestions for language changes and make recommendations to the Board regarding the incorporation of any changes. The comments, questions and suggested language changes should be submitted to the Planning Department no later than March 9, 2015. This should allow staff to review and respond to the submittal as well as prepare the report and recommendations to the Board. That report will be submitted to the Board in an agenda package no later than March 17, 2015. Staff will present the comments and suggestions in the report to the Board for their response and direction as to incorporating changes to the draft. There will still be opportunities for suggestions during that workshop.
Another public workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 6:00 PM at the Courthouse Annex. Staff will present to the Board a final draft in strikeout-delete/underline-add form that has incorporated all the changes. There will also be a "clean" copy of the entire document ready for adoption. It is anticipated the Board will set the date of the final Public Hearing for Adoption during that workshop.
Pdf files are available here for viewing, printing, and download - click on the underlined links below:
The “Vision Plan for a Sustainable Future Jefferson County, Florida”: Volume I; Volume II; Volume III; Appendix
The 2025 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN is available HERE
The 2025 FUTURE LAND USE MAP (LABELED NEW 2011) is available HERE
Jefferson County Planning Commission and Code Enforcement Board Information: click here.
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule: The Planning Commission does not meet every month; however, meetings are generally scheduled to occur on the 2nd Thursday of a month beginning at 7:00 PM. All meetings are open to the public and are advertised prior to the meeting dates. Meetings generally are scheduled for Public Hearings regarding development applications or the adoptions of ordinances, workshops for may be scheduled at other times, which will be advertised. Agenda of upcoming meetings are available at the Planning Department office at the beginning of each month. Minutes of past Planning Commission Meetings are available at the Planning Department office. To receive a copy of the agenda of upcoming Planning Commission meetings, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our monthly email list.
NOTE: All current and new property owners in Jefferson County should be aware that Land Development Regulations are applicable for all types of development including subdivisions of property and the construction of buildings (regardless of type) or other improvements such as driveways and power poles. For all subdivision of land, please note that Planning Department approval should be obtained prior to the recording of all deeds in the Clerk of Courts Office to ensure that all properties are in compliance with the Jefferson County Land Development Code. If property ownership is conveyed without this approval, future owners may not be able to obtain a building permit. Please contact the Planning Department office prior to any action to be taken or for answers to any question related to land use or the subdivision of property. Building permits will not be issued for any type of site without the issuance of a Development Permit from the Planning Department.
Development Applications - Processing Timeframes: Applications for developments may be submitted at any time; however some applications require approval by the Planning Commission or the Board of County Commissioners. For a development project to be scheduled for action by either/both Commissions, a complete application and the related fees must be submitted by the first day of the month prior to the scheduled Public Hearing. This time is required for processing, evaluation and public notification before the application is placed on the meeting agenda. For example, all applications must be submitted on the first day of the month of January for action by the Planning Commission at a Public Hearing on the second Thursday of February. If a project requires approval by the Board of County Commissioners, the Public Hearing for the Board of County Commissioners action will normally be third Tuesday of the month following the Planning Commission Public Hearing. All notification letters and advertisements must reflect these meeting schedules.
Important Notes: A Development Permit must be issued for ANY development - including ANY type of building permit. - An applicant is strongly encouraged to request a pre-application meeting with the Planning Department staff to ensure the applicant is aware of all Land Development Code (LDC) and permitting requirements, including compliance with environmental permitting regulations of the appropriate Water Management District (Suwanee River or Northwest Florida). - The applicant must provide a copy of their Deed to the property and may be required to provide a Boundary Survey, indicating the locations of all existing improvements and delineation of wetlands and flood zones, prepared by a Registered Land Surveyor for Permit Applications. (If the applicant is not the owner, legal authorization to represent the owner must be provided)
For developers and interested citizens: There are many regulations affecting the use and development of land. In addition to the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code, there are rules and regulations set forth by various departments of the State of Florida and the U.S. government, including FDEP, EPA, FDOT, NWFWMD, SRWMD, FWC, etc. Please visit the Planning Department Informational LINKS page for links to the agencies listed above.
Administrative procedures are outlined in the Land Development Code in Article Nine.
NOTE: Major Development Applications are not available online. A pre-application meeting is required for all proposed Major Developments and application forms and actual submittal requirements may vary depending upon the size and type of development .
Planning Official Approval: Non-Residential Minor Development Application · Staff Review Minor Subdivision Application (Note: This Application form covers the following subdivision categories: Lot Split - Family Member Subdivision - Minor Replat - Minor Subdivision, 5 Lots or Less - Boundary Adjustment) · Business/Home Business Permit Application · Temporary Use Permit Application
Planning Commission Approval: Variance Application Form · Communications Tower Application Form
Planning Commission/BOCC Approval: Street Name Request/Change Application Form
Jefferson County Land Development Code: The Land Development Code is divided into the nine chapters as shown below. The links are to pdf files to read with your browser, save to your computer, or print on your printer. NOTE: These files are updated when there are changes to the Land Development Code as a whole or in part, with the most current update for each chapter shown.
Special Note: Current Land Use Regulations do not require an applicant for any type of subdivision to provide a title opinion for properties to be subdivided (except for Recorded Plats), however, the Planning Department strongly recommends a title opinion be provided. When there are multiple names listed as owners of a parcel, ALL owners must sign ALL applications, etc., or legally appoint a representative authorized to act in their behalf.
Future Land Use Categories of Properties: available on the maps on the Property Appraiser's Website (1. Click on the link 2. When page opens, click on the green box that says "GIS Map". 3. When the map is showing, there is a box to the right of the map with three tabs at the top. Click on the tab labeled "Layers" and then check the box that says "Future Land Use". Zoom to the area of interest.
NATIONAL WETLANDS INVENTORY: the NWI is available online at http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Data/Mapper.html When ready to use the mapper, click on the box labeled "Click Here to Open the Wetlands Mapper". After clicking on the "red box" you will see a map and there will be a white box near the upper right corner of the page. Type in an address "XXXX Streetname, City, State". In the box that says "Available Layers", make sure there is a checkmark in the box before Wetlands. When ready, click the button labeled "Find Location" and the map will zoom to the address. If you need to zoom out, you can use the scroll wheel on your mouse or the slidebar at the far left of the page.