Per Section 163 Florida Statutes, local governments are required to create, adopt and maintain a Comprehensive Plan that addresses where residential and non-residential uses are located in the area. Polk County’s addresses the location of uses within unincorporated Polk County. Florida Statues provides for two methods to amend the Comprehensive Plan (Small Scale and Large Scale Amendments). Amendments to Comprehensive Plan are proposed by property owners and sometimes local governments to change the designation from those listed within the Comprehensive Plan to another one list in the Comprehensive Plan. Amendments can also include text amendments. Small Scale amendments are for properties 10 acres or less and Large Scale amendments are for text amendments and properties that are larger than 10 acres. Each requires a review by the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners. Only Large Scale amendments are reviewed by state and regional agencies. Please see the links (at the bottom of this webpage) to the Florida Division of Community Development for more on these types of amendments.
The links below allow the viewer to download the entire Comprehensive Plan or sections. To view pending and recent Comprehensive Plan Amendments, please clink the "Land Use Case Page" link below.
Download Complete Comprehensive Plan - Volume 1
Comprehensive Plan Map Series - Volume 2
Comprehensive Plan Map Series - Volume 3 and 4
Land Use Case page The place to view proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan as well as other land use cases.
Hearing Schedules and Fees
Customer Satisfaction Survey
See bottom of page for Division of Community Planning (DCD) Links
Because the entire Comprehensive Plan is a very large document, and could take a considerable amount of time to download to your computer, it has been divided into sections within a chapter. To view a section simply click on the underlined link and you will see only that section.
ARTICLE I. POLK COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN VOLUME 1
Chapter 2 - Development Policies
Chapter 3 - Public Facilities Policies
Chapter 4 - Implementation
Appendix 2.231 - Selected Area Plans (SAP) - Map
COMPREHENSIVE-PLAN MAP SERIES VOLUME 2
Future Land Use Maps
County-Wide Future Land Use Map
County-Wide Existing Land Use Map
FLU Parcel-Level Detail Maps
GIS DATA - ZIP FILES
Development Limitation Areas
Resource Protection Districts
Development Of Regional Impact
Existing Land Use 2007
Future Land Use 2030
Joint Planning Areas
Selected Area Plans
Division of Community Planning (DCD) Links
State Agencies' Roles in Comprehensive Planning
The Growth Management Act authorizes the Department of Economic Opportunity, Division of Community Development (DCD), to review comprehensive plans and plan amendments for compliance with the Florida's Growth Management Act (Chapter 163, Part II, Florida Statutes, The Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act). Other review agencies, including the regional planning councils, water management districts, the Departments of State, Transportation, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also review comprehensive plans and amendments and issue recommended objections to DCD. Local governments may amend their comprehensive plans twice per year.
Within an established time frame, the Department first issues an Objections, Recommendations and Comments (ORC) report that identify areas of the proposed plan or proposed amendment that are inconsistent with the provisions of Chapter 163, Part II, F.S. The local government may or may not address the recommendations to revise the proposed plan or amendment, or elect to adopt or not adopt the amendment. When the local government adopts the plan or amendment, it is submitted to DCD for a compliance review. Within 20 to 45 days of receipt of the adopted amendment, the DCD issues a public Notice of Intent to find the adopted plan and/or plan amendment either in or not in compliance with the Act. If DCD finds the plan or amendment not in compliance, the local government must take remedial actions to bring the plan or amendment into compliance to avoid an administrative hearing. View a flow chart that explains the plan and plan amendment process or the latest ORC or NOI issued by the state, please press one of the appropriate links below.
Have Questions ?
For questions regarding the Comprehensive Plan or any of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments as shown on the Land Use Case webpage, please contact Growth Management Customer Service (Planner-On-Call) at 863-534-6084.