Florida Senate - 2015 SB 956 By Senator Simpson 18-00890-15 2015956__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to freight logistics zones; creating 3 s. 311.103, F.S.; defining the term “freight logistics 4 zone”; authorizing a county or two or more contiguous 5 counties to designate a geographic area or areas 6 within its jurisdiction as a freight logistics zone; 7 requiring the adoption of a strategic plan which must 8 include certain information; providing that certain 9 projects within freight logistics zones may be 10 eligible for priority in state funding and certain 11 incentive programs; providing evaluation criteria for 12 freight logistics zones; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 311.103, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 311.103 Designation of state freight logistics zones.— 19 (1) As used in this section, the term “freight logistics 20 zone” means a grouping of activities and infrastructure 21 associated with freight transportation and related services 22 within a defined area around an intermodal logistics center as 23 defined in s. 311.101(2). 24 (2) A county, or two or more contiguous counties, may 25 designate a geographic area or areas within its jurisdiction as 26 a freight logistics zone. The designation must be accompanied by 27 a strategic plan adopted by the county or counties. At a 28 minimum, the strategic plan must include, but is not limited to: 29 (a) A map depicting the geographic area or areas to be 30 included within the designation. 31 (b) Identification of the existing or planned freight 32 facilities or logistics clusters located within the designated 33 zone. 34 (c) Identification of existing transportation 35 infrastructure, such as roads, rail, airports, and seaports, 36 within or in close proximity to the proposed freight logistics 37 zone. 38 (d) Identification of existing workforce availability 39 within or in close proximity to the proposed zone. 40 (e) Identification of any existing or planned local, state, 41 or federal workforce training capabilities available for a 42 business seeking to locate or expand within the proposed zone. 43 (f) Identification of any local, state, or federal plans, 44 including transportation, seaport, or airport plans, concerning 45 the movement of freight within or in close proximity to the 46 proposed zone. 47 (g) Identification of financial or other local government 48 incentives to encourage new development, expansion of existing 49 development, or redevelopment within the proposed zone. 50 (h) Documentation that the plan is consistent with 51 applicable local government comprehensive plans and adopted 52 long-range transportation plans of a metropolitan planning 53 organization, where applicable. 54 (3) Projects within freight logistics zones designated 55 pursuant to this section, which are consistent with the Freight 56 Mobility and Trade Plan developed in accordance with s. 57 334.044(33), may be eligible for priority in state funding and 58 incentive programs relating to freight logistics zones, 59 including applicable programs identified in parts I, III, and V 60 of chapter 288. 61 (4) When evaluating projects within a designated freight 62 logistics zone for purposes of determining funding or incentive 63 program eligibility under this section, consideration must be 64 given to: 65 (a) The presence of an existing or planned intermodal 66 logistics center within the freight logistics zone. 67 (b) Whether the project serves a strategic state interest. 68 (c) Whether the project facilitates the cost-effective and 69 efficient movement of goods. 70 (d) The extent to which the project contributes to economic 71 activity, including job creation, increased wages, and revenues. 72 (e) The extent to which the project efficiently interacts 73 with and supports the existing or planned transportation 74 network. 75 (f) The amount of investment or commitments made by the 76 owner or developer of the existing or proposed facility. 77 (g) The extent to which the county or counties have 78 commitments with private sector businesses planning to locate 79 operations within the freight logistics zone. 80 (h) Demonstrated local financial support and commitment to 81 the project, including in-kind contributions. 82 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.