Government advocacy update

Local county government news impacting real estate development.

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NEFBA Government Affairs Committee meeting is 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 24, at the NEFBA offices.

New solar guidelines. Updates in the requirements for permitting and installing solar photovoltaic systems are included in the Jacksonville Building Department’s Bulletin G-03-19. Contractors are required to submit two sets of drawings, as defined under the “Construction Documents and Specifications” section, signed and sealed by the appropriate Florida professional engineer and/or architect. Contractors must also complete the Building Permit Application and make sure the owner/agent section has been signed, dated and notarized, and the Contractor Affirmation section has been signed, dated and notarized. For more information, contact Tom Goldsbury at [email protected].

JEA CEO Paul McElroy resigned. McElroy announced his resignation April 13. He was chief executive of the utility for 5 1/2 years and his existing employment agreement was to end in September. McElroy will stay on with the utility as a consultant.


Land Development Regulation changes were discussed by the Clay County Commission. Possible changes to the LDR were proposed by county staff. NEFBA has previously commented on these items at the staff level. Suggested changes address such issues as lot grading as built, increased widths of local roads and rights of way, reduced horizontal and centerline radius on roads and required two layers of asphalt.


Impact fee approval. By a vote of 4-1, new impact fees were approved by the St. Johns County Commissioners. The new fee schedule reflects a reduction in nonresidential (including hotels) impact fees of 40 percent to promote economic development. Residential fees are divided into seven categories, with larger homes seeing a sharp increase in impact fee rates. The commission also included an implementation period in the ordnance.  Through Jan. 1, 2019, the new fee will be collected at a 25 percent discount. The discount would not affect school impact fees.


County Manager Shanea Jones resigned. Jones announced her plan to resign from her post July 2. She cited a need to “focus more on family” as the reason. Jones has been county manager for 15 months. She previously worked for the county in a variety of positions for 14 years.


Baker County issues: Jessie Spradley, [email protected] and (904) 725-4355



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