The City of Destin recognizes the changing nature of business in its jurisdiction. To that end, in order to efficiently manage an orderly transition of one use to another, the city will be implementing a Change of Use process effective Jan. 1, 2020. A Change of Use application is required under the following instances:
1. A property or structure (including portions of a property or structure) is, or is proposed to be, a different land use than the approved use or existing use.
2. Properties and/or structures where the intensity of a use is increased.
3. The addition of a use to a site with a number of different uses current in operation.
4. Establishment of new or expanded home occupations (including off-site businesses)
In addition, due to changes in the Florida State statutes regarding the development order review process, the city is required to amend its current Technical Review Committee process for projects to be in line with the changes outlined in House Bill (HB) 7103 and approved by the Governor. The change requires all development order applications to be processed under a specific timeline which includes the following:
• 30 days for staff to perform a completeness review
• 120 days for the city to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the project, or 180 days if the project requires a quasi-judicial hearing.
This timeline eliminates the constant back and forth of submittals and resubmittals and provides a predictable review framework between the applicant and city staff. This new process will be effective Jan. 1, 2020.