2011 Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)


Manatee County’s Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) was due to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in December 2011. However, due to the passing of the Community Planning Act in June 2011, local governments had more discretion in determining whether they needed to update their local comprehensive plan. Local governments are no longer required to submit evaluation and appraisal report to DEO. However, local government does have to follow new provisions.


  • At least every seven years, local governments shall determine whether the needs exist to amend the comprehensive plan to reflect changes in state requirements.
  • Notify the state land planning agency by letter of this determination.
  • If amendments are necessary, the local government shall prepare and transmit the proposed amendments to the state land planning agency.
Manatee County’s How Will We Grow? (www.mymanatee.org/howwillwegrow) report has provided an introspective and audit-like look, not only at development review, land use and infrastructure planning, but considered three land use alternatives to growth and weighed their potential fiscal impacts. The implementation of the How Will We Grow? project is now underway and will follow with a series of amendments to the Code and Comprehensive Plan related to the report.
With the undertaking of the How Will We Grow? report and implementation, Manatee County determined there was no need to amend the Comprehensive Plan at this time through the evaluation and appraisal process (December 2013). And, there are no plan amendments necessary to reflect changes in state requirements.




EAR Final Report

2011 EAR Final Draft