The Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review process was created by the legislature in 1973 to provide state, regional and local agencies the opportunity to evaluate the impacts of large-scale development projects. The Council’s involvement includes determination of the facilities and services that will be needed to accommodate these projects. The potential impacts of each project on adjacent governmental jurisdictions and on regionally significant natural resources are also reviewed by the Council. After coordination with affected governmental agencies to ensure that those agencies’ concerns are identified, recommendations are provided by the Council, after a formal hearing, to the local jurisdiction for inclusion in the project’s development order.
A development of regional impact (DRI) is a large-scale development which affects more than one county; sometimes many jurisdictions.
DRI categories include:
- Commercial developments
- Residential developments
- Multi- or mixed-use projects
Criteria which determine whether or not a project is of DRI scale are set by the State of Florida. They include a list of DRI thresholds.