Planning

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.


JEFFERSON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR ADOPTION

Public Hearings regarding the adoption of the revised Jefferson County Land Development Code, the local land use regulations for land use and development in the county, have been scheduled by the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners. The First Reading Public Hearing was held May 19, 2015 at the Courtroom Annex, at 435 West Walnut Street, Monticello.  The Second Reading Public Hearing has been scheduled for 7:00 PM, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 at the Courtroom Annex, at 435 West Walnut Street, Monticello. The Board approved a few changes made during the meeting which are reflected in the pdf file. The revised Final Draft Land Development Code is available here to read, print or download: Doc 2 Exhibit A 2015 LDC Final Clean Draft 06.25.2015.pdf  A large-scale map in the definitions section is available here The FDOT Roadway Functional Classifications Map .  A “desk copy” of the 2015 LDC is available for review at the Planning Department office (address above) for viewing. 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 can be viewed below (pdf copies of each chapter are near the bottom of this page).

Contact Information

Jefferson County Planning Department
445 West Palmer Mill Road  -  Monticello, FL 32344
Telephone: 850.342.0223  -  Fax: 850.342.0225 

Bill Tellefsen, Planning Official - Email: btellefsen@jeffersoncountyfl.gov

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INFORMATIONAL DOCUMENTS

The following are informational Pdf files available here for viewing, printing, and download - click on the underlined links below:

  • The “Vision Plan for a Sustainable Future - Jefferson County, FloridaVolume IVolume IIVolume III; Appendix
  • A copy of the 2025 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (adopted 02/02/2012) is available HERE
  • A copy of the 2025 FUTURE LAND USE MAP (adopted 02/02/2012 and labeled 2011) is available  HERE
  • For information regarding the Jefferson County Planning Commission and Code Enforcement Board: click here. 

Planning Commission Meeting Schedule:  The Jefferson County 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 btellefsen@jeffersoncountyfl.gov 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 to 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. All subdivisions of land require approval in accordance with the Land Development Code. Verification of approval by the Planning Department should be obtained prior to the recording of all new deeds at the Clerk of Courts Office. If property ownership is conveyed without 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 questions related to land use or the subdivision of property. Building and other types of permits will not be issued for any site without 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)


PLANNING DEPARTMENT FEE SCHEDULE
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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. General Information: Administrative procedures are outlined in the Land Development Code in Article Nine.


Application Forms
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NOTE: Major Development Applications are not available online. A pre-application meeting is required for all proposed Major Developments and the application forms and actual submittal requirements may vary depending upon the size and type of development.
Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment or Land Development Code Text Amendment: There is no formal application form for either of these requests. If you have a request for a change to existing language or a suggestion for additional language in either document, you should call, email, or meet with the Planning Official to discuss the proposed change and determine the appropriate amendment process.


Applications requiring Planning Official Approval:  
911 Address Application  -  Business/Home Business Permit Application
Non-Residential Minor Development Application
(When signed as approved, the above are Final Development Orders allowing the issuance of all other types of construction permits.)
Road and Driveway Permit Application  
Staff Review Minor Subdivision  (Lot Split - Family Subdivision - Minor Replat - Minor Subdivision - Boundary Adjustment)
Temporary Use Permit Application


Applications requiring Planning Commission Approval
The following applications require a review by the Planning Official, who then makes a recommendation to the Planning Commission to approve, approve with conditions or deny the application.
Variance Application Form  -  Communications Tower Application Form


Applications requiring Planning Commission/BOCC Approval
  Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment
To change the Land Use District designation of one or more contiguous properties (example: Three landowners with a combined 125 acres wish to change their three contiguous properties from Agriculture 5 to Residential 
Street Name Request/Change Application Form
This application requires three (3) names to be submitted (in order of preference) for review by the Planning Official. Proposed names should not be duplicates or sound close enough to be confused with any existing public or private road in the county (including the City of Monticello). The Planning Official will make a recommendation to approve the proposed first choice of the applicant that meets the appropriate eligiblity requirements.
Petition for Abandonment (County-owned Property, Road R/W, or easement)


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. See the link above for the revised 2015 LDC proposed for BOCC approval.

Article 1 General Provisions Updated: 10/20/05     Article 2 Land Use & Vegetation Updated: 10/19/07
Article 3 Concurrency Updated: 10/20/05     Article 4 Resource Protection Updated: 10/20/05
Article 5 Development Design &  Improvement Standards Updated: 7/19/07    Article 6 Signs Updated: Jan. 2001
Article 7 Hardship Relief Updated 10/20/05    
Article 8 Boards & Agencies  Updated 10/20/05
Article 9 Administration & Enforcement Updated: 10/19/07

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.

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