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6051 Old Bagdad Hwy, Room 202
Milton, FL 32583

Phone: (850) 981-7000
Fax: (850) 623-1208

Email: Development Services

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5841 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561


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9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Tentative Comprehensive Plan Revision Timeline
  • Future Land Use Classifications
Santa Rosa Comprehensive Plan Update
The Comprehensive Plan is an official public document adopted by the Santa Rosa County Commission that sets forth the county’s policies and guides decision-making related to the physical development of the county. It is formulated in broad terms and creates the framework for future implementation, such as parcel-specific zoning or the design of infrastructure projects. The purpose of this document is to evaluate existing conditions and adequately plan for future expansion related to projected growth rates.
Comments or questions? Contact:
   Kristen Shell, AICP
   Senior Urban Planner
   (850) 981-1816

In 2013, Santa Rosa County began the major undertaking of updating the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Santa Rosa has had a Comprehensive Plan since 1990 and this project represents the second major revision since its original adoption. Click here to see previous amendments.
The revision will extend the life of the plan to 2045 with the following goals:
  • Incorporate changes in state level planning requirements. In 2011, the Florida Legislature made significant changes to the minimum requirements for local government comprehensive plans found in Chapter 163, Florida Statutes and the repealed Rule 9J-5 of the Florida Administrative Code where much of the specific comprehensive planning requirements were found. This has created more flexibility for local governments to adopt more locally relevant plans.
  • Removal of outdated references, repetitive or meaningless policies, including a significant update to the plan’s supporting documentation (data and analysis).
  • Introduce a framework that allows the county to plan by areas, rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach to county planning. Planning separately for individual geographic areas, such as the north end, Pace, Milton, East Milton, south end and Navarre Beach, will make the plan more meaningful and locally-focused.

What’s happened to date?

Section Proposed Revisions Planning Board Action Commission
Administrative Procedures Element Staff proposed deleting element as written and incorporating information into the support documents of the final revised plan

Staff Analysis
Proposed Amendments to the Goals Objectives and Policies
Recommended changes approved

Replay of April 9 Zoning Board Meeting
To be discussed at Thursday, June 25 Commission Rezoning Meeting
Future Land Use Element Staff proposed substantial revisions of goals, objectives and policies

Proposed Amendments to the Goals, Objectives and Policies

Staff Analysis

Proposed Amendments to the Future Land Use Element Supporting Documentation
Recommended changes were not approved, item to come before the zoning board again in July

Replay of April 9 Zoning Board Meeting
Economic Development Element Staff proposed striking in its entirety due to outdated supporting documentation. It is anticipated that this element will be replaced by a formal EDO plan in the future

Staff Analysis
Proposed Amendments to the Economic Development Element
Recommended changes approved

Replay of April 9 Zoning Board Meeting
To be discussed at Thursday, June 25 Commission Rezoning Meeting
Parts of the Current Plan
The current Comprehensive Plan has 11 parts or elements and support documents:
  1. Administrative Procedures
  2. Economic Development
  3. Future Land Use
  4. Transportation
  5. Housing
  6. Infrastructure
  7. Coastal Management
  8. Conservation
  9. Capital Improvements
  10. Intergovernmental Coordination
  11. Maps
The process of revising the plan includes recommendations by the zoning board, state agency review, and final review and adoption by the Santa Rosa County Commission in public meetings.
Element Proposed Planning Board Meeting 2015 Proposed Santa Rosa County Commission Rezoning Meeting 2015
Future Land Use Element April 9
(Also July Special Meeting)
June 25
Economic Development (Deleted) April 9 June 25
Administrative Procedures April 9 June 25
Infrastructure July 16 August 27
Capital Improvements July 16 August 27
Transportation September 17 September 24
Housing September 17 September 24
Intergovernmental Coordination September 17 September 24
Recreation and Open Space October 15 October 22
Conservation October 15 October 22
Coastal Management October 15 October 22
Category Description
AG Agriculture Category
SFR Single Family Residential Category
MDR Medium Density Residential Category
RES Residential Category
GPRR Garcon Point Rural Residential Category
GPSFR Garcon Point Single Family Residential Category
CON/REC Conservation/Recreation Category
COMM Commercial Category
INDUS Industrial Category
MARINA Marina Category
MRC Mixed Residential/Commercial Category
HIS Bagdad Historic Category
NBLDR Navarre Beach Low Density Residential Category
NBMDR Navarre Beach Medium Density Residential Category
NBMHDR Navarre Beach Medium-High Density Residential Category
NBHDR Navarre Beach High Density Residential Category
NBU Navarre Beach Public & Private Utilities and Facilities Category

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