Hopping Green & Sams (HGS) attorney Gary Hunter is quoted in the July 2015 edition of Florida Trend in an article titled “Farewell, DRI” regarding changes to the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review process enacted by Senate Bill 1216. The article states:
“This is a huge change – there will be no project ever again subject to a DRI review”, says Gary Hunter, a lobbyist with Hopping Green & Sams, which represents several of Florida’s largest landowners and is the leading lobbying firm in Tallahassee on matters involving land-use and environmental law. “It’s taken a long time to get to that point.”
Previously, new large developments (that surpassed a certain threshold) were required to pass through time-consuming layers of a multi-governmental DRI review process. Now new projects meeting the criteria for review as a DRI under Section 380.06, Florida Statutes. will be reviewed under the State Coordinated Review process for comprehensive plan amendments, administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity.