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File #: 19-1760A    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/25/2019 Department: Countywide Planning Authority
On agenda: 10/22/2019 Final action: 10/22/2019
Title: Ordinance amending the Countywide Rules and Countywide Plan Strategies (second public hearing).
Attachments: 1. State-filed ORD 19-26, 2. Adopted ORD 19-26, 3. Presentation.pdf, 4. Minor Changes to October 8, 2019 Draft.pdf, 5. Exhibit C.pdf, 6. Strikeout-Underline Draft - Presented at October 8 Public Hearing.pdf, 7. Affidavit of Publication Plan Amendment.pdf, 8. Exhibit B.pdf, 9. Exhibit A.pdf, 10. Draft CPA Ordinance AATF, 11. Forward Pinellas Resolution 19-3
Related files: 19-1191A, 19-1530A



Ordinance amending the Countywide Rules and Countywide Plan Strategies (second public hearing).



Recommended Action:

Recommended Action

Sitting as the Countywide Planning Authority, hold the second of two public hearings to consider proposed amendments to the Countywide Plan Strategies and Countywide Rules to include:


Countywide Plan Strategies

                     Replacing the Transit-Oriented Land Use Vision Map with new Land Use Strategy Map

                     Reclassifying existing Special Centers and Special Corridors


Countywide Rules

                     Modifying standards, requirements, and tiered amendment process for the Activity Center and Multimodal Corridor categories

                     Creating the Planned Redevelopment District category

                     Providing for new local density and intensity bonuses

                     Adding and modifying definitions



                     In addition to the proposed amendments to the Countywide Plan Strategies and Countywide Rules, the package includes an unadopted appendix as a support document.

                     Forward Pinellas and the Planners Advisory Committee each voted unanimously to recommend approval of the proposed amendment(s).



Strategic Plan:

Foster Continual Economic Growth and Vitality
4.3 Catalyze redevelopment through planning and regulatory programs



The current Countywide Plan was adopted in 2015.  While the plan framework has generally worked well since its adoption, a number of conditions have changed:

1.  Since the unsuccessful Greenlight Pinellas referendum, the countywide transit vision has moved away from a centralized light rail line, toward a network of priority bus transit investment corridors.

2.  The supply of quality housing attainable to a range of incomes, with convenient transportation access to employment, has fallen significantly short of demand.

3.  The end of the Great Recession has led to significant improvement in the real estate economy and provides greater opportunities for coordination of housing, employment and transit planning.

4.  Federal Transit Administration criteria favor communities that have transit-oriented densities and intensities in place when applications for funding are made.

Forward Pinellas staff recommends updating the Countywide Plan to address these changed conditions and has worked closely with local government partners in the development of the Advantage Pinellas Plan to bring forward the proposed amendments.

The Forward Pinellas Board, in its role as the Pinellas Planning Council,  advertised and held a public hearing on July 10, 2019.  At the public hearing, the board voted 11-0 to adopt Resolution 19-3, recommending the Countywide Planning Authority amend the Countywide Plan as set forth in the attached ordinance.  Amendments to the Countywide Rules or Countywide Plan Strategies require two public hearings by the Countywide Planning Authority, with at least one of the hearings being held in the evening.  This is the second of the two requisite public hearings. 


Background Information:

Forward Pinellas documentation is attached.


Fiscal Impact:



Staff Member Responsible:

Linda Fisher, Principal Planner, Forward Pinellas






Forward Pinellas Resolution 19-3
Draft Ordinance
Minor Changes to July 10, Transmittal Draft