Land Use Law in Florida presents an in-depth analysis of land use law common to many states across the US, using Florida cases and statutes as examples.
Florida case law is an important course of study for planners, as the state has its own legal framework governing how people may use land with regulation that has evolved to include state-directed urban and regional planning. The book addresses issues in a case format including planning, land development regulation, property rights, real estate development and land use, transportation, and environmental regulation. Each chapter summarizes the rules that a reader should draw from the cases, making it useful as a reference for practicing professionals and as a teaching tool for planning students who do not have experience reading law.
This text is invaluable for attorneys; professional planners; environmental, property rights, and neighborhood activists; and local government employees who need to understand the rules governing how property owners may use land in Florida and around the country.
Table of Contents
Part I: How governments regulate land use
3. Local government land use powers
4. Substantive due process
5. Quasi-judicial decision-making
6. Florida’s planning statutes
7. Judicial treatment of comprehensive plans
8. Local variation
9. Specific quasi-judicial decisions
Part II: Challenging land use decisions
10. Administrative hearing
11. Writ of certiorari
12. Consistency challenge
13. Declaratory judgement
Part III: Property rights
14. Eminent domain
15. Per se regulatory takings
16. Ad hoc balancing test for regulatory takings
17. Florida law protections for property rights
Part IV: Infrastructure
19. Taxes, assessments, and fees
20. Tax increment financing
22. Development agreements
23. Plats and restrictive covenants
Part V: Additional U.S. Constitutional issues
24. Equal protection
Thomas Hawkins is a Lecturer in the University of Florida’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and is Program Director of the online Master of Urban and Regional Planning. In addition to teaching courses in land use law, planning administration and ethics, and development review for the department, Thomas has taught land use law for the Levin College of Law and for Florida State University. Prior to joining the department, Thomas was Policy & Planning Director of 1000 Friends of Florida—the state’s leading advocate for planning and growth management in the public interest—where he addressed land use and transportation policy. Thomas also served two terms as a Gainesville City Commissioner. He has a law degree from the Emory University School of Law, has a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a member of the Florida Bar.