Title: Florida Home Builders Association Water Suply Policy For The 1996 Legislative Session (Approved 2/26/96)
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Title: Florida Home Builders Association Water Suply Policy For The 1996 Legislative Session (Approved 2/26/96)
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Florida Home Builders Association Water Suply Policy For The 1996 Legislative Session (Approved 2/26/96) (JDV Box 90)
General Note: Box 24, Folder 1 ( Governmental Rules, Regulations, Legislation and Administrative Laws - 1996 ), Item 21
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FLORIDA EOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (FHBA) WATER SUPPLY POLICY
POR THE 1996 LEGISLATIVE SESSION (Approved 2/26/96)

THE PRIME DIRECTIVE

With its abundant rainfall Florida has more than an adequate supply
of water to meet the demands of man and the natural systems. While
different areas of the state from time to time experience water
supply shortages, the provision of water is a matter of cost. The
Florida Legislature should create a public water supply program
designed to assure there is an adequate, affordable and coni lWesnt
supply of water for all present and future users in all parts of
Florida. This public water supply program, together with any
private water suppliers, should implement and provide necessary
water to accommodate growth projected in local comprehensive plans.

FEBA PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY POLICIES

1. There should be a locally/regionally based long range plan for
future public water supplies. This planning process should avoid
any unnecessary cumbersome bureaucratic review process, minimize
state involvement and oversight, rely on a system of citizen and
interested/affected person-entity involvement and enforcement and
enhance predictability in the issuance of permits.

2. While recognizing the viability and propriety of private water
supply providers and other water users, statutory changes should be
made to provide that local governments or, where created by local
governments, regional water supply authorities (RWSAs) have primary
responsibility for planning public water supply alternatives. or
options and facilitating water supply development. Incentives
should be provided to encourage local governments to create RWSAs
to plan and develop regional water supplies. All local or regional
water supply plans should have common review dates established by
the appropriate water management district (WMD). A process for
mediating and resolving conflicts between plans shall be
established and the appropriate WMD shall be a necessary party.

3. There should be a recurring dedicated source of revenues for
use by local governments and RWSAs for planning and developing long
term public water supplies. For example, FHBA supports dedicating
a portion of the water management district (WMD) millage for water
supply capital facilities expenditures.

4. The long term public water supply plans should be developed
separate from the local government comprehensive plan process. In
the meantime, the legislature should amend chapter 163, F.S., so
that local governments will not be required to base a potable water
concurrency decision on water supply availability. After
completion and approval of WMD district water management plans and
local water supply plans, the legislature should determine whether
and how these plans should be integrated with the local government
planning process.
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5. WMDs' primary responsibility should be to remain a regulatory
body to protect and equitably allocate our water resources. WMDs
should provide water resources information and data to local
governments and RWSAs for use in water supply planning,

6. Chapter 373, F.S., should be amended to require that each WMD
prepare a District water Management Plan (DWMP) containing water
supply resource information and data. Chapter 373 should clearly
set forth the requirements of the DWMP, including requiring the
adoption of those parts of the DWMP that impact third parties to be
adopted as a rule.

7. In permitting consumptive water use pursuant to chapter 373,
F.S., the chapter should be amended to consider and balance, as
part of the public interest criteria, the proximity of the proposed
source of water to the area in which it is to be used and other
economically and technically feasible alternatives to the proposed
source, including conservation, desalinization, reuse, stormwater
and aquifer storage and recovery. The policy of local sources
first should be encouraged and not mandated.

8. There should be economic and regulatory incentives to promote
economically and technically feasible alternatives such as
conservation, water reuse, desalinization and the use of surface
water sources.

9. Where appropriate, public lands, such as parks, forests and
recreational areas, should be made available for multiple uses
including water supply.

10. The term of water use permits should be as long as possible,
but consistent with the amount of water available to use and the
current demands.

11. FHBA supports the present authority in chapter 373, F.S., to
reallocate water in Florida based on the reasonable-beneficial use
standard and opposes any policies, proposals or concepts which will
weaken the standard.

12. Accountability of WMDs should-be strengthened through enhanced
oversight by both the executive and legislative branch. In
particular, the Legislature should review and approve state water
policy.









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