The Florida Keys are designated as an Area of Critical State Concern by the State Legislature where policies have been adopted to control growth based on the Florida Keys carrying capacity. The carrying capacity is the lowest time required to safely evacuate the Florida Keys in the event of a hurricane, which is based on a 24-hour evacuation model.
A Rate of Growth Ordinance (ROGO) was implemented in order to provide for the safety of residents in the event of a hurricane evacuation and to protect the significant natural resources of Monroe County, as required by the State of Florida.
Both ROGO (residential) and NROGO (nonresidential) are a competitive permit allocation system where those applications with the highest scores are awarded building permits. The competitive point system guides development toward areas with infrastructure and away from velocity zones and environmentally sensitive areas such as habitat for threatened or endangered species. ROGO and NROGO provide a measured amount of growth in the County commensurate with the County's ability to maintain a reasonable and safe hurricane evacuation clearance time and maintain a balance between residential and nonresidential development.
The Monroe County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code (LDC) provide the details on the rate of growth ordinances. For more information, review Chapter 138 of the LDC.
|ROGO POINT CRITERIA SUMMARY|
|POSITIVE POINTS||NEGATIVE POINTS|
|Upper/Lower Keys||Big Pine Key||Upper/Lower Keys||Big Pine Key|
|+ 10 Tier I|
+20 Tier III-A
+30 Tier III
|+0 Tier I|
+10 Tier II
+20 Tier III
|-10 Development in Lower Keys - Marsh Rabbit habitat or buffer areas|
|+3 to +6 lot/parcel aggregation||+3 to +4 lot/parcel aggregation||-||-10 Development on No Name Key|
|+0.5 to +5 for land dedication||+2 to +5 for land dedication||-||-10 Development in Key Deer Corridor|
|+6 for market rate housing with an affordable or employee housing project||+6 for market rate housing with an affordable or employee housing project||-3 to -5 for Tier III parcels adjacent or contiguous to Tier I properties with wetlands||-3 to -5 for Tier III parcels adjacent or contiguous to Tier I properties with wetlands|
|+4 central wastewater system availability||+4 central wastewater system availability||-6 structure within "V" zone||-6 structure within "V" zone|
|Up to +2 for monetary payment to the County's land acquisition fund||Up to +2 for monetary payment to the County's land acquisition fund||-4 Development in CBRS||-4 Development in CBRS|
|+0.5 to +3 for energy and water conservation measures||+0.5 to +3 for energy and water conservation measures|
|+1 Perseverance Points for Tier I, II or III-A, per year for the first 4 years (+0.5 per year after the first 4 years||+1 Perseverance Points for Tier I, II or III-A, per year for the first 4 years (+0.5 per year after the first 4 years|
|+2 Perseverance Points for Tier III, per year for the first 4 years (+1 per year after the first 4 years)||+2 Perseverance Points for Tier III, per year for the first 4 years (+1 per year after the first 4 years)|
- Affordable Housing Application Opens a New Window.
- Employee Housing Application Opens a New Window.
- Aggregation Restrictive Covenant Opens a New Window.
- Performance Bond Opens a New Window.
- Property Sold Opens a New Window.
- Warranty Deed Opens a New Window.
- Corrective-Superseding Aggregation Restrictive Covenant Opens a New Window.
- ROGO Application a New Window.
Quarterly NROGO Results
NROGO Year 29: July 14, 2020-July 12, 2021
- Quarter 4 Year 29: April 13, 2021-July 12, 2021
- Quarter 3 Year 29: Jan. 13, 2021-April 12, 2021
- Quarter 2 Year 29: Oct. 14, 2020-Jan. 12, 2021
- Quarter 1 Year 29: July 14, 2020-Oct. 13, 2020
Year-End NROGO Results
- NROGO Year 27: July 13, 2018 - July 12, 2019
- NROGO Year 26: July 13, 2017-July 12, 2018
- NROGO Year 25: July 13, 2016-July 12, 2017