The State needs to pinpoint and define essential State issues and establish the planning and funding of a coordinated State approach that will protect and foster the State's vital interests. There should be a common understanding of what the State really wants to accomplish and of what issues are of essential State concern and therefore the responsibility of the State to achieve.
The review of local government comprehensive plans by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) should be limited to the Plans' compliance with statutory requirements in areas of essential State responsibility specifically defined by the Legislature. The review of local government comprehensive plans by the Regional Planning Councils (RPC's), in conjunction with the Water Management Districts (WMD) should be the primary review and there should not be a duplicative DCA review. Local elected officials and staff planners know better what their communities want.
State agencies such as DCA, DEP, FDOT, DOE and regional agencies such as the WMD and the RPCs need to work together with local governments during the comprehensive planning process to coordinate local needs with State and regional planning and funding provisions.
Environmental planning and natural resource protection programs that are of essential State concern can best be handled directly by the State. The State should provide sufficient resources for implementation of its programs. Issues not designated as essential to the State should be left to local governments.