On June 18, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law FAA priority legislation HB 207, which regulates the collection and allocation of impact fees.
HB 207 passed the House on March 27 by a vote of 101 to 12. Upon receiving the bill, senate leadership withdrew HB 207's committee assignments and sent the bill to the Senate floor, where it passed by a vote of 39 to 1 on April 4.
HB 207 is an important legislative victory for multifamily development because it establishes consistency by allowing impact fees to be collected only when building permits are issued and it earmarks impact fee revenue for acquiring or improving capital facilities to serve the population associated with the new development. Read an FAA press release here.
Please stay tuned for future updates regarding the governor's bill signing activity. One of FAA's other 2019 legislative priorities, HB 7103, is still awaiting presentation to the governor. If HB 7103 is signed into law, local governments will be allowed to have an inclusionary zoning mandate but, in exchange, must provide incentives to offset the developer’s costs for his or her affordable housing contribution.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to the many members who took the time to advocate on behalf of this legislation while in Tallahassee for FAA's annual Legislative Conference. Your continued interest and involvement in FAA's advocacy efforts is crucial to the apartment industry's continued success.
Government Affairs Director
Florida Apartment Association