The university campus master plan process is intended to facilitate coordination between universities and their host local governments. To this end, Chapter 1013.3, Florida Statutes requires that universities enter into campus development agreements (CDA) with these governments. CDAs must address level-of-service requirements, deficiencies, and campus development impacts on public facilities and services including roads, sanitary sewer, solid waste, drainage, potable water, parks and recreation and public transportation. The agreements may also address public electricity, non-potable water, law enforcement, fire and emergency rescue, gas and telephone facilities and services. They are also intended to ensure consistency between the university Campus Master Plan and the local government Comprehensive Plan. This statutory requirement first applied to the University of Florida Comprehensive Plan developed in 1995.
The 1998 CDA provided $10.2 million to the City of Gainesville and Alachua County from the State of Florida to pay for improvements to transportation facilities and transit services impacted by the University’s planned growth for the years 1995-2005. Changes included in the 2000-2010 Campus Master Plan resulted in an amended CDA and payment of an additional $3.5 million for transportation impacts. The 2006 CDA provided $21.1 million for additional impact mitigation for transportation and emergency services due to university growth identified in the Campus Master Plan, 2005-2015. The 2015 CDA for the 2015-2025 Campus Master Plan carried forward development that was authorized and mitigated with the 2006 CDA.