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A sector plan is the process authorized by statute 163.3245 in which one or more local governments engage in long-term planning for a large area, addressing regional issues through adoption of detailed specific area plans within the planning area. The process is a means of fostering innovative planning and development strategies, furthering the purposes of this part and part I of chapter 380, reducing overlapping data and analysis requirements, protecting regionally significant resources and facilities, and addressing extra-jurisdictional impacts. The term includes an optional sector plan that was adopted before June 2, 2011.

Sector plans are intended for substantial geographic areas of at least 15,000 acres and must emphasize urban form and protection of regionally significant resources and public facilities. A sector plan may not be adopted in an area of critical state concern.

For more information on the sector plan process, please visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Optional Sector Plan website.

Location: The Escambia County Optional Sector Plan is comprised of approximately 15,000 acres, north of Interstate 10, west of Highway 29 and south of Highway 196. Sector Plan Location Map

Historical Data:

  • The formal agreement was signed by the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners April 3, 2008.
  • Sector plan goals, objectives and polices were incorporated into the EAR-based amendments; the adoption package (Ordinance 2011-3) was approved by the BCC January 20, 2011. The Notice of Intent of In Compliance from DEO was received February 7, 2011.
  • Adopted Sector Plan Long-Range Conceptual Framework Map -"Exhibit D"

*Detailed Specific Area Plans:  A specific area plan is for areas that are at least 1,000 acres. It must identify the distribution, extent and location of future uses and public facilities, including those outside the jurisdiction and those necessary for the short-term and natural resources in the region. As with the conceptual overlay, the detailed specific area plans must also include guidelines and principles that address urban form and procedures for intergovernmental coordination.

  • The Detailed Specific Area Plan Boundary was approved by the BCC March 17, 2011.
  • The Mid-West Sector Plan DSAP final document was adopted by the BCC (Ordinance 2011-29) on September 15, 2011.
  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity completed its review of the adopted DSAPs & found them in-compliance on November 8, 2011.

Note: The information on this page is based on best available data, and is provided for information purposes only. Updates will be done as more current data becomes available. Updated 04/2016

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