We’re currently updating our comprehensive plan. Our county is divided into three service areas: Urban, Suburban, and Rural. Our Evaluation and Appraisal Report (mandated by Florida Statute to identify successes and failures of the comp plan), recognized we lack standards or procedures to amend a service area boundary.

I’ve found a couple of examples in other jurisdictions that require a “needs assessment” or “demonstration of need” and locational analysis to amend a boundary.

What are your experiences in this area? Can you point to some good examples of policies and standards to amend growth boundaries?

Thanks in advance.