For potential buyers of vacant land in Florida, wetlands are just a reality you’re going to have to face. I can’t tell you how many new shoppers I speak with, declare that if the property contains one square foot of wetlands, they want nothing to do with it. Don’t be afraid of wetlands on vacant land in Florida. Before you pass up on what could be a great deal, keep in mind that plenty of homeowners found ways to build beautiful homes while still respecting Florida’s rich wetlands. Let me be clear – I do not advocate bulldozing mother nature’s natural drain fields to put up your RV’s parking pad. However, I’ll walk you through the process of evaluating wetlands and collaborating with your architect and contractors to work with nature That way, you can find your perfect property and lawfully coexist in Florida’s natural habitat.
When you find that perfect location, be sure to ask about the property soil types, floodplains, wetlands and existing vegetation as all of these factors will influence future design decisions. Although most Florida municipalities provide wetland and floodplain information in public records, a survey will most accurately delineate these zones. Here is what you should do to make good decisions before building or buying property that is within Florida’s wetlands.
Step 2: Learn the basic of wetland regulations (note that regulations can be done by the three levels of the government-that is local, state and federal
Step 3: Modify your project location or design if necessary
Step 4: Complete the permit applications process
While not for the faint of heart, the prospect of building near Florida’s rich wetlands is available. Find a great contractor or architect, follow the rules and most importantly, don’t cheat! These regulations were created to preserve our state’s natural ability to combat flooding, clean our water supply, and maintain a healthy ecosystem for all creatures that share this land. And violating permit requirements is not only illegal, but expensive. If you don’t like the permit fees, wait til you see the fines! 😉