A development agreement is a solution to the uncertainty inherent in the development process and a way for developers to protect their investments. The development agreement also serves a public purpose. The developer enters into a contract with the local government to build improvements that provide additional road capacity. A possibility of public verification is also incorporated into the agreement process. Public notice is required for development contracts and includes: for more information on development contracts, please contact (813) 635-5400. The BOCC makes the final decision to authorize, refuse or amend development agreements after public hearings.