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Vision 2050 Plan

Vision 2050 will be a community-wide conversation about the future of our City. We are now in the process of selecting a consultant to partner with us in this effort and expect to kick-off the conversation this Fall. To provide input and sign up to receive updates, visit the Vision 2050 webpage.

Housing Affordability Initiatives

In response to growing concerns about housing affordability, the City has initiated a housing development and affordability initiative that will include new and improved housing programs and text amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations (LDRs). 

  • Nov. 15, 2018 - City Council approved the first set of changes, which streamlined the Workforce Housing Bonus procedures by replacing public hearings with an administrative review and approval process. This allows staff to sign off on applications for state funded affordable housing projects without excessive delays.
  • Feb. 2019 - Council approved changes to the fees for zoning reviews, reducing fees for smaller homes (under 1,400 s.f.) and for workforce housing bonus applications. 
Staff is now working on three additional LDR/Comp Plan packages scheduled for adoption before the end of 2019. The first package proposes reductions in multifamily parking requirements, allowing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on smaller lots and design modifications for affordable homes to reduce cost of construction. 
Package 1 Timeline
  • May 1, 2019 - Development Review Commission (DRC) public hearing
  • May 14, 2019 - Community Planning and Preservation Commission (CPPC) public hearing
  • Jun. 6, 2019 - First reading before City Council
  • Aug. 22, 2019 - Target date for final adoption public hearing

Following this effort, we are bringing forward a new zoning classification to allow a variety of housing types generally known as the “Missing Middle” such as duplex, quadraplex, townhomes, cottage or tiny home projects.

Package 2 Timeline
  • Jun. – Aug. 2019 - Stakeholder Meetings
  • Jul. 25, 2019HLUT
  • Aug. 7, 2019 - DRC workshop
  • Sept. 5, 2019DRC Public Hearing
  • Oct. 3, 2019 - First Reading before City Council
  • Oct. 17, 2019 - City Council Public Hearing

The last package relates to our Downtown Center zoning districts. We will be reviewing the Floor-Area-Ratio (FAR) bonus structure, which includes the workforce housing density bonus, along with the parking requirements and design standards. The goal is to bring this to DRC in September and October, with City Council hearings in November. Timeline for Package 3 to come.

For more information contact Britton Wilson at: Britton.Wilson@stpete.org

Documents
Staff Reports
Committee of the Whole
Presentations
Resources

Storefront Conservation Overlay

The Storefront Conservation Overlay was created to retain the pattern of small storefronts and maintain a pedestrian-friendly streetscape along Beach Drive and Central Avenue, from the Waterfront to 31st Street. This item is scheduled for additional public hearing before City Council on June 13.


Sign Code Update

In response to recent judicial cases, the City Sign Code is undergoing an update. The change reorganizes and renumbers the code to make it easier to navigate and more understandable. Items related to compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert include: elimination of definitions that are content based (Advertising, Directional, Employment, Free Speech, Identification, Menu, Public/semi-public, Real Estate); elimination of exempt signs that are content based (Commemorative, Employment, Free Speech, Garage or Yard Sale, Identification, Menu, Political, Real Estate) and provides for up to five (5) temporary residential signs instead. There are NO proposed changes to electronic message centers, off-premise signs, size, height, location, or number of on-site commercial signs, banners or wind feather signs. This update will be presented to City Council at a Committee of the Whole workshop on April 25th, followed by City Council first reading on June 13th and public hearing on July 11th.

For more information contact Jennifer Bryla at: Jennifer.Bryla@stpete.org

Documents
Staff Reports
Presentations


Coastal High Hazard Area (CHHA)

The CHHA map was updated by the State in 2016, resulting in a major expansion of the overall boundary. The new boundary encompasses approximately 41% of the City, or 25 square miles, including areas identified as important for economic development. To address the expanded boundary, the City is proposing to increase resiliency and reduce flood risk within the CHHA by establishing new and higher design standards in the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) for multifamily residential development. The goal is for new construction to be more resilient to storm surge, provide for mitigation for service and infrastructure needs during and immediately following a major storm event, and enable safe re-occupation as quickly as possible following an evacuation. The proposed LDR and Comprehensive Plan changes will provide more flexibility for redevelopment within the CHHA and may allow increases in density and intensity of development.

In support of this effort, the City was awarded a grant from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) for technical assistance in developing innovative zoning and development standards to ensure that coastal developments are more resilient to various coastal hazards. A stakeholder meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 21st and City Council is scheduled to discuss these proposed changes at the July 25th Committee of the Whole meeting.

For more information contact Britton Wilson at: Britton.Wilson@stpete.org

Documents
Committee of the Whole
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Maps


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