Ordinances

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• An Ordinance is an official legislative action of the City Commission that effects a permanent law for enforcement. The City’s ordinances date back to 1825.

• Numerous Ordinances have been amended, updated or superseded by statutes while others remain unaffected and are being enforced by the various divisions within the City.

• Florida Statute 166.041 precisely delineates procedure for ordinances regardless of type.

• An Ordinance shall be introduced to the City Commission in written form; and shall be read by title.

• An Ordinance shall embrace but one subject and matters properly connected therewith. The subject shall be clearly stated in the heading.

• An Ordinance shall be revised or amended by reference to its title only.

• Ordinances to revise or amend shall set out in full the revised or amended act or section or subsection or paragraph of a section or subsection.

• When an Ordinance is revised or amended between the first and second reading, it shall be essential to read the amended section, unless a majority vote it to be read in its entirety.

• An Ordinance shall be presented at two (2) separate Regular Commission meetings for consideration; and an affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum present is necessary to enact it.

• An Ordinance making or amending a grant renewal or extension of a franchise or the granting of any other special privilege shall be presented at two (2) separate Regular Commission meetings prior to enactment.

• An Ordinance, initiated by other than the Municipality, that changes the actual zoning designation of a parcel or parcels of land shall be read by title or in full at two separate Regular Commission meetings; and at least ten (10) days prior to consideration for adoption it shall be noticed once in a newspaper of general circulation.

• An Ordinance, initiated by the City that changes the actual zoning map designation of a parcel or parcels of land, shall be read by title at two (2) separate Regular Commission meetings.

• Notice shall be generated and each property owner whose land the City will redesigned by enactment of the Ordinance and whose property will be affected shall be properly notified at the last known address within thirty (30) days prior to the first public hearing. Notice shall be advertised in a newspaper of general circulation advising of time certain for second and final reading.

• An Ordinance that changes the actual permitted, conditional, or prohibited uses within a zoning category, or changes the actual zoning map designation of a parcel or parcels of land involving ten contiguous acres or more, shall be read at two (2) separate Regular Council meetings, both to be advertised in a newspaper of general circulation for time certain in accordance with City Codes and in compliance with F.S.166.041.

• An Ordinance initiated by the City or its designee which rezones specific parcels of private real property or which substantially changes permitted use categories in zoning districts involving the City shall be read at two (2) separate Regular Commission Meetings.

• Notice shall be generated and each property owner whose land the City will rezone and whose land will be affected by the change, shall be properly notified at the last known address, thirty (30) days prior to the first public hearing.

• Notice shall appear in a newspaper of general circulation advising a time certain for second and final reading.

• Ordinances and Public hearings shall be advertised in accordance with F.S. 166.041 and shall contain the following disclaimer: Please take notice and be advised that if any interested person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board or the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

• In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons in need of a special accommodation to participate in the proceedings shall, within a reasonable time prior to any proceeding, contact the telephone operator at 404 West Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL  32351, 850-875-7310.