The City of St. Petersburg Comprehensive Plan has been developed and amended pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 163, Florida Statutes (F.S.), the "Local Government Comprehensive planning and Land Development Regulation Act," and the requirements of Rule 9J-5, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
Community specific concerns, in addition to the guide lines set forth in Chapter 163, F.S., and Rule 9J-5, F.A.C., have also been targeted within the Goals, Objectives, and Policies section of each of the plan elements. Many of these objectives and policies go beyond the legislative requirements and are indicative of the many years that comprehensive planning has been in effect in St. Petersburg.The comprehensive planning process in St. Petersburg was developed to guide the community to:
- Protect the public health, safety, and welfare;
- Address the concerns of the community related to growth management and the preservation of the City's character;
- Preserve and protect the resources of the community through the guidance of growth and redevelopment while continuing to provide quality services concurrent with the impacts of development (or redevelopment);
- Protect and enrich the quality of life within the community;
- Ensure the consideration of long-range goals in the determination of short range decisions and actions; and,
- Promote a healthy, stable, and well-balanced economic atmosphere which, satisfies the goods and services needs of the community, promotes employment opportunities, and supports a strong and diverse economic base.
In 2007, the Comprehensive Plan was amended, land development regulations rewritten and the entire City rezoned to reflect the aspirations and recommendations set forth in the St. Pete Vision 2020 Plan, adopted by the City Council in 2002.
The Vision 2020 Special Area Plan allowed the City to utilize three new Comprehensive Plan categories needed to fulfill Vision 2020.