Tallahassee, Florida - March 16, 2012 -
The Chamber's Growth Management and Governmental Affairs Committees were approached by the City to review the recommendation and provide input. On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, during their monthly meeting, the Chamber's Executive Committee reviewed the recommendation and approved the statement below.
As we all know, 2008 was a tough year for our community as we saw dramatic declines in both commercial and residential development throughout our City as our market retracted like so many throughout the nation. With little to no consumer demand, many of our local contractors allowed their projects to expire, having paid substantial associated charges and fees to make their investments viable.
Recognizing the plight of these developers and the increase in building activities in both the residential and commercial sectors, at a recent City Commission meeting on February 2, Andrew Gillum raised the idea of extending the expiration dates of those site plans and environmental permits (which would include natural features inventory). Any site plan or environmental permit which expired, or will expire, between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2012, may be reinstated and/or extended to December 31, 2014, at the option of a property owner or developer. The property owner or developer must notify the City of Tallahassee in writing in order to receive the benefit of reinstating and/or extending the site plan or environmental permit. Any extension of a site plan and environmental permit shall automatically extend any conditions related to the site plan and environmental permit and automatically reinstate and/or extend any corresponding concurrency certificates or approvals for the project. This act would allow expired developments to extend through December 31, 2014, and to capitalize on renewed market demand without having to both pay duplicate fees and go through the site plan review process a second time.
The City Commission responded positively to the idea and directed City Staff to return to the City Commission on March 14, 2012, with an ordinance allowing the same. The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors supports this direction as it sees the extension of expired site plans and environmental permits as a positive step in creating jobs in our community when they are needed the most.
We applaud Commissioner Gillum and the entire Commission for their forward thinking and flexibility in reacting to the needs of local businesses.
Chamber's Immediate Past Chairman
CFO, Oliver Renovation