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StPete2050 Plan

In 2002, our community completed the Vision 2020 process, culminating in City Council’s adoption of the Vision 2020 formal plan. As 2020 approaches, the time has come to begin a new conversation and develop StPete2050. StPete2050 is a city-wide conversation about where our city is going and what it can become over the next 30 years.

We ask you to review the plan and provide your feedback. This can be done by taking the Third Community Survey or by providing comments. Visit the StPete2050 website to continue the conversation.

Additionally, we invite residents to signup to receive updates and to share their ideas for the future of St. Pete here. View the Vision 2020 plan to get an idea of themes for consideration.

Urban Agriculture Related Amendments

The City is considering amendments to our Land Development Regulations, related to Urban Agriculture.

We welcome your feedback! The purpose of these text amendments is to expand opportunities for the production and sale of produce in the City by removing regulatory barriers as follows:

  1. Community Gardens: eliminate not-for-profit requirement, which eliminates barriers created by the 501-C (3) process, extend date of initial permit expiration and lower fees;
  2. Commercial Gardens and Greenhouses: allow as a permitted use in Industrial Traditional (IT) and Industrial Suburban (IS) zoning districts, rather than a Special Exception, which will eliminate the public hearing before the Development Review Commission and create Use Specific standards to address compatibility, screening, noise and odor concerns;
  3. Sale of Produce:
    -  in residential districts, allow on-site sales of produce (including honeybee products) on residential properties with limits on frequency, up to 36 times per calendar year;
    -  in commercial districts, expand options for selling produce, from vehicles, and on vacant property under the Roadside Vending provisions, and lower associated fees;
  4. Landscape maintenance: changes to address staking of plants;
  5. Accessory structures: expand allowances to design and setback standards to include gardening structures including Hoop Houses, Cold Frames, Greenhouses, Vertical Vegetable Structures and raised planter beds.
Urban AG Package Public Hearing Timeline
  • November 4, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – Development Review Commission Public Hearing
  • December 3, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – City Council, 1st Reading and Public Hearing
  • February 11, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – City Council, 2nd Reading and Final Public Hearing

For more information contact Ann Vickstrom at:

Staff Report

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 LDR and Comprehensive Plan changes will provide more flexibility for redevelopment within the CHHA and may allow increases in density and intensity of development.

The Comprehensive Plan text amendment portion was heard by the Community Planning and Preservation Commission (CPPC) on December 10, 2019, where the commission found the proposed amendment to be inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan by a vote of 5 to 2 and forwarded the item to City Council without a recommendation of approval. The proposal included an update to recommend that four of the review criteria be mandatory, and the remaining criteria would be balanced. View the CHHA summary and the CHHA FAQ for more information about the proposal.


August 20, 2020 - The first reading and public hearing for the Comprehensive Plan text amendment was heard by City Council where it was approved for transmittal to the State Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and other outside reviewing agencies. In response the DEO sent a letter of no comment and Forward Pinellas sent a letter of finding of consistency with the Countywide Rules.

October 8, 2020 – The second reading and public hearing for LGCP 19-03, LDR 20-01 and BCA 20-01 was heard by City Council where all three items were approved. See the below table for a link to all three amendment ordinances.

The next step requires review and approval of the Building Code Amendment by the Pinellas County Contractors Licensing Board.

For more information contact Britton Wilson at:

Public Hearings
Adopted Code

FLUM-58:635 64th Street South

Private-initiated application for map amendment to the City’s Official Zoning Map (from Neighborhood Suburban Single-Family-1 “NS-1” to Neighborhood Suburban Multi-Family-1 “NSM-1”) and Future Land Use Map (from Institutional “I” to Residential Urban “RU” approx. 0.21 acres; from Institutional “I” to Residential Medium “RM” approx.. 4.33 acres; and from Residential Urban “RU” to Residential Medium “RM” approx. 0.04 acres). The applicant is proposing to develop multi-family units.

On February 11, 2020, the CPPC conducted a public hearing for this request and voted 1-to-5 thereby recommending DENIAL. On February 21, 2020, Grace Connection of Tampa Bay Inc., Applicant, filed an appeal of the CPPC decision. On August 13, 2020, the City Council conducted a public hearing and voted unanimously to uphold the appeal, thereby overturning the CPPC’s recommendation and approving the requested map amendments to the City’s Official Zoning Map and Future Land Use Map. On October 5, 2020, the Planners’ Advisory Committee (“PAC”) voted unanimously to recommend approval of the Countywide Plan Map amendment to the Forward Pinellas Board. The City subsequently requested a deferral until after a forthcoming Division of Administrative Hearing in mid-November that is responsive to PGSP Neighbors United, Inc.’s petition against the City.

Staff Reports
Other Resources
Public Comments

FLUM-60: 1501 72nd Street North

Private-initiated application for map amendment to the City’s Official Zoning Map and Future Land Use Map, as outlined below. This is a request for map amendment only and does not include a site plan review.

Staff Reports
Other Resources
Land Development Regulations (“LDRs”)
Comprehensive Plan
  • Current: IL (Industrial Limited), see page LU-7
  • Proposed: PR-MU (Planned Redevelopment Mixed Use), see page LU-12
  • Policies relating to Industrial lands, see page LU-17
Interactive Zoning and Future Land Use Map
Public Comments

Floodplain Management Ordinance Update

The City has initiated text amendments to the City of St. Petersburg’s Land Development Regulations (“LDRs”) Chapter 16 related to the Floodplain Management Ordinance (FPM), to update and comply with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), to incorporate policy driven inspection and plan review requirements, and to promote consistency.

The ordinance that will be presented to City Council will also include a companion amendment to Chapter 8, (Building Code), adopting local technical amendments, to comply with the NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS) Section 211 new requirements for reducing flood insurance premiums. All structures within a community will be required to comply with the freeboard elevation requirements including mobile homes. The City’s currently rated as a Class 5 community, with a 25% discount to all flood insurance premiums within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Failure to adopt the new requirement will result in a reclassification from the current Class 5 back to a Class 9, and the current 25% discount will be eliminated.

Public Meeting Schedule
  • January 6, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – Development Review Commission Public Hearing
  • March 4, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – City Council, 1st Reading (Tentative)
  • March 18, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – City Council, 2nd Reading and Public Hearing (Tentative)
Staff Reports

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