Model Property Rights Element

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We are pleased to share with you 1000 Friends of Florida’s Model Property Rights Element, prepared in conjunction with faculty at the University of Florida.  This model element is in accordance with the provisions of SB 59 (Fla. Stat. § 163.3177(6)(i)), passed during the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, signed into law by Gov. DeSantis, and incorporated into Florida’s Community Planning Act.  The document is also available in a word version to copy and paste.

Now, every city and county in Florida shall “include in its comprehensive plan a property rights element.” Your city or county must adopt this new element “by the earlier of the date of its adoption of its next proposed plan amendment that is initiated after July 1, 2021, or the date of the next scheduled evaluation and appraisal of its comprehensive plan.”

1000 Friends of Florida believes that open and transparent decision-making is the best protection for property rights. We have long advocated for the rights of all people to contribute to local government planning. Engaged citizens improve their neighborhoods. Our quality of life is enhanced, our environment is protected, and our communities are strengthened when local government planning respects the rights of everyone. Public participation leads to more thoughtful and enduring planning and builds more public support for plans.

With 1000 Friends of Florida’s model property rights element, your city or county can affirm its support for the rights of all people to participate in the planning decisions you make that affect their lives and property.

We also hope you will join us from noon to 1:30 EST on Thursday, September 9 for our next free DeGrove Webinar, Developing a Property Rights Element for Your Community.  As always, professional certification credits will be offered.

You may contact Policy & Planning Director Jane West at with questions about the element.