Transportation Impact Fee Moratorium EXPIRES DECEMBER 31, 2014
Notice: In accordance with Ordinance No. 13-12 enacted on April 30, 2013, Brevard County’s moratorium on the collection of Transportation Impact Fees is scheduled to automatically sunset on December 31, 2014. Any construction project for which a building permit has not been issued by Brevard County or participating municipality before December 31, 2014 as well as any project which has not received at least a temporary certificate of occupancy by December 31, 2015, will be required to pay transportation impact fees, unless either of these deadlines is extended by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners.
If you anticipate undertaking a qualifying construction project in unincorporated Brevard, note that building permit plan review is currently taking approximately 2 weeks (14 calendar days) for a first review on most projects. Since it has been our experience that the majority of projects require at least one additional review in order to receive approval for building permit issuance, expect that each subsequent submittal will take up to 2 weeks for review. These estimated timeframes may vary dependent upon the nature of the construction project and the completeness/quality of the submittal. **Therefore, customers desiring to qualify for the Transportation Impact Fee Moratorium should have a complete and accurate permit package submitted to Building Code Compliance no later than December 1, 2014. This moratorium has been in effect for 5 years and 8 months.
THE REVIEW TIME FRAMES SET FORTH IN THIS NOTICE ARE ESTIMATES AND ACTUAL REVIEW TIMES MAY BE LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED IF REQUIRED PLANS AND DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY A PERSON OR FIRM ARE NOT COMPLETE OR INSUFFICIENT UNDER APPLICABLE COUNTY ORDINANCES. THEREFORE, THE REVIEW TIME FRAMES SET FORTH ABOVE CANNOT BE RELIED UPON FOR THE PURPOSES OF VESTING A PROJECT UNDER THE MORATORIUM ORDINANCE CURRENTLY IN EFFECT.
THE EXPIRATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE ORDINANCE ON DECEMBER 31, 2014 WILL CAUSE THE COUNTY TO BEGIN COLLECTING TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEES AFTER JANUARY 1, 2015. ANY PERSON OR FIRM SEEKING A BUILDING PERMIT PRIOR TO DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND OBTAINING A TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY PRIOR TO DECEMBER 31, 2015 FOR THE PURPOSE OF AVOIDING THE PAYMENT OF IMPACT FEES SHOULD SUBMIT THE REQUIRED PLANS AND DOCUMENTATION IMMEDIATELY.
The Planning & Development Department is responsible for administering & ensuring compliance with Brevard County’s growth management codes & regulations. The department is made up of Building Code, Code Enforcement, Licensing Regulation & Enforcement, Impact Fees, Land Development (Subdivision & Site Plan), Planning, and Zoning all of which have key roles in shaping & defining our neighborhoods & community.
Brevard County’s Comprehensive Plan describes the County’s vision of itself in the future and translates that vision into policies, programs, and public investments. The Comprehensive Plan is comprised of 15 elements, or chapters, that address the full range of topics affecting physical development of the County. Together, these elements shape the County’s growth in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way.
Each element includes one or more goals. A goal is a long-term statement toward which programs and activities are ultimately directed. Each goal is supported by one or more objectives, which are specific, measurable action items that are achievable and mark progress toward that goal. Objectives are implemented according to the direction provided by one or more policies. Policies describe the way in which specific programs and activities should be conducted to achieve an identified goal. These policies are then implemented through the Land Development Regulations. Together, the adopted goals, objectives and policies that make up the Comprehensive Plan to help provide a broad brush to paint the County’s future.
Zoning is a tool that plays an important part in helping local governments guide community growth and development. It is the division of a jurisdiction into “zones” to ensure that growth and development progress in a fashion that minimizes potential conflicts between uses. Zoning is all about preserving the quality of health, safety and welfare in our community.
The Zoning ordinance which was adopted in 1958 consists of two parts, a Zoning Code and the Zoning Map. The purpose of the code is to layout the rules that apply to each of the different zones or zoning classifications. And the purpose of the map is to illustrate how the entire area of the community is classified into distinct zones.
Each zoning classification on the zoning map has a description which contains:
- a statement of public purpose
- a list of permitted uses
- a list of uses permitted under special conditions such as a second kitchen or a guest house.
- development standards and restrictions such as setbacks, height limitations, accessory uses.
The zoning map simply illustrates how the entire area of the community is classified and divided up into distinct zones. Every parcel within the unincorporated area is identified as being in at least one zoning classification. Brevard County has 58 different zoning classifications, 24 of those being single-family residential.
Land Development administers the Site Plan & the Subdivision approval processes. The Site Plan & Subdivision reviews ensure that the site specific improvements necessary to support a development are constructed to County Standards. The key purposes of these processes are to ensure that development within the County:
- Is consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan; and
- Relates to its surroundings; and
- Infrastructure meets minimum standards of health & safety.
The Building Code Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Florida Building Code and County ordinances regulating building construction. This is accomplished through the building permit process that includes review and inspection of projects for compliance with building codes.
Code Enforcement enhances the quality of life in Brevard County through the enforcement of health, safety and welfare regulations. This office investigates complaints on alleged code violations, including but not limited to, zoning, solid waste, junk vehicles, housing, marine turtle lighting, and overgrowth. Their goal is to work with citizens toward reasonable and timely compliance of code violations.
Licensing Regulation & Enforcement (Contractor Licensing) ensures that construction activities are performed by qualified and licensed contractors within the county. This section is responsible for the county licensing of specific trades: drywall, electric, flooring, HARV, painting, roofing, etc. As well as, investigating unlicensed activity & work without a permit.
Impact Fees (Commercial and Residential) help to offset the cost to construct new facilities and expand services necessary to support new growth. Impact Fees are assessed when new homes and new businesses are built, or when an existing business expands. Impact Fees are typically collected prior to issuance of the certificate of occupancy during the building permit process.