Land Development Code Amendments
The County's Ordinance Development Team (ODT) leads the drafting and review of all potential Land Development Code (LDC) Amendments. ODT is comprised of Staff members from Zoning and Intake, Current Planning, Long Range Planning, Code Enforcement and the County Attorney's Office. In addition, ODT members will work with subject matter experts from other County departments, or non-county entities as appropriate.
After any necessary research is completed, potential amendments are drafted by members of ODT. The draft Ordinance is vetted through the larger ODT group and then taken through a stakeholder review process. If a focused stakeholder group is utilized, that group will be part of the drafting process early on. The draft Ordinance will then be taken to the LDC Interested Parties for review and comment. If a focused stakeholder group is not utilized, the draft ordinance will go directly to the LDC Interested Parties.
Once the LDC Interested Parties group has provided comments back to Staff, ODT will discuss any potential revisions prior to the start of the hearing process. Board Workshops may be determined to be necessary at any stage of the production of an Ordinance.
Once a "final" Ordinance has been drafted, it is required to, at minimum, have one (1) LPA public hearing, and two (2) BCC public hearings. These hearings must be noticed at least 10 days in advance of the first scheduled hearing.
Depending upon the scope of the issue at hand, it can take anywhere from a few months to over a year to adopt an LDC amendment from start to finish.
There a many opportunities made available by the County for the greater Pasco community to be involved in the review of proposed LDC amendments. These include:
- LDC Interested Parties - Anyone from the community who is interested in receiving e-mail updates regarding proposed LDC amendments can be part of the LDC Interested Parties contact group. This group is notified with proposed amendment review opportunities. If you would like to be notified as an Interested Party, please contact Gina Monti.
- Horizontal Roundtable Meetings - These developers' roundtable meetings are held to facilitate cooperation and the sharing of information and ideas between County Staff and the development community as it relates to horizontal site development. These meetings are typically held the second Wednesday, every two months, at 2:00pm in the West Pasco Government Center, Staff Development Room (basement). For information regarding upcoming meetings, please contact Gina Monti.
- Stakeholder Group Meetings - Many of the amendments brought forward for consideration will have a focused stakeholder review process. Specific dates/times of stakeholder meetings will be made available accordingly.
- Board Workshops - Many larger amendments that tend to have a Countywide impact are brought to a Board Workshop in advance of the public hearing process. Please check the County's Agendas & Minutes webpage for Workshop dates and agendas.
- Public Hearings - There are a minimum of three public hearings scheduled for all LDC Amendments. At minimum, there is one hearing with the Local Planning Agency (as served by the County's Development Review Committee), and two Board of County Commissioners hearings. Hearing dates are advertised through the newspaper and on the County Website.
The County is dedicated to seeking improvement in its land development regulations in order to implement the policies of the Comprehensive Plan and move towards its vision of becoming Florida’s Premier County. If you have suggestions for proposed amendments or slight modifications (minor fixes) that address this purpose of achieving high quality growth, please contact Ernie Monaco.
Restated, Reorganized and Amended Land Development Code
Pasco County's restated, reorganized and amended Land Development Code Opens a New Window. was effective January 1, 2012. Since that time, the LDC has undergone a series of amendments. Previous versions of the Code can be viewed on the Land Development Code Rewrite Opens a New Window. webpage.
As the LDC is an on-going work in progress, the County will be making further amendments. These amendments are addressed through tiered priorities as set forth by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), or through yearly amendment packages that address minor fixes to the Code.
LDC Tier Priorities
Staff is continuously working on LDC amendments to implement the County's Comprehensive Plan vision and goals. All of these potential amendments are important to meet that vision, and a tiered priority approach is used to ensure that each of these priority items are addressed. On February 24, 2016, the BCC approved a formal Resolution with the updated LDC Tier Priorities (PDF) Opens a New Window. .
LDC Minor Fix Amendments
Some of the proposed LDC amendments brought to the BCC tend to be relatively minor in nature.
Recently Adopted Amendments
Recently Adopted LDC Amendments:
- Connected City – Section 522.9 CC-MPUD Ordinance No. 17-06 (PDF) (Effective February 10, 2017) – For further information visit the Connected City information page
- Amendment 26 - Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Dispensing Facilities - Amendments to C-1, Neighborhood Commercial, 527 C-3 Commercial/Light Manufacturing, I-1 Light Industrial Park, and I-2 General Industrial Park Districts Ordinance No. 17-42 (PDF) (Effective December 4, 2017)
- Amendment 27 - Minor Fixes - Ordinance No. 18-06 (PDF) (Effective February 7, 2018)
- Amendment 28 - Amending Section 406.1.8 Signs General Standards - Digital Signs - Regional Attractors Ordinance No. 18-05 (PDF) (Effective February 7, 2018)
- Amendment 29 - Amending Section 406.1.8 Signs General Standards - Digital Signs - Community Development District Ordinance No. 18-09 (PDF) (Effective March 16, 2018)
- Amendment 30 - Amending Section 1002 Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance No. 18-17 (PDF) (Effective June 11, 2018
- Amendment 31 - Solar Electric Power Collection Facilities (Solar Farms) Ordinance No. 18-18 (PDF) (Effective June 11, 2018)
- Amendment 32 - Eliminating the Development Review Committee (DRC), replacing the DRC with the Planning Commission (PC), and new duties, functions and powers of the PC Ordinance No. 18-27 (PDF) (Effective July 12, 2018)
- Amendment 33 - Providing for regulations related to the location and operation of mobile food operations on private and public property Ordinance No. 18-36 (PDF) (Effective September 11, 2018)
- Amendment 35 Regional Attractors Digital Signs (Dwell Time) - Ordinance No. 18-42 (PDF) Effective December 3, 2018)
- Amendment 34 - Minor Fixes - Ordinance No. 18-47 (PDF) (Effective December 17, 2018)
- Amendment 36 - Mobility Fee Update - Ordinance No 18-48 (PDF) (Effective February 1, 2019)
In Progress Amendments
LDC Section 1001 Docks and Seawalls amending Section 1001.4 Visibility to allow roofs, walls and enclosures to be constructed over docks on privately-owned inland lakes, Section 1001.5 Projection and Location of Docks and Seawalls (formerly Navigability and Protection of Watercourses) to allow more of the canal to be used for the dock in the situation of a dead end canal, and Appendix A Definitions to define (or re-define) the terms associated with "mean high water line" and "waterfront property".
Public hearings are scheduled as follows:
Local Planning Agency 2/21/19 1:30 p.m. New Port Richey
Board of County Commissioners 3/12/19 1:30 p.m. Dade City First Reading
Board of County Commissioners 3/26/19 1:30 p.m. New Port Richey Adoption
**Note: A separate amendment to the Pasco County Code of Ordinances will clarify that the permitting required for docks, seawalls, and associated equipment, roofs, walls, etc. must be performed pursuant to a Building Permit.
Provisions concerning dock and seawall maintenance, which were originally contemplated for inclusion with these amendments, will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners in the form of an amendment to the Pasco County Code of Ordinances.