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Land Development Code Amendments
Restated, Reorganized and Amended Land Development Code

Pasco County's restated, reorganized and amended Land Development Code 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 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 Priorites

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.

LDC Minor Fix Amendments

Some of the proposed LDC amendments brought to the BCC tend to be relatively minor in nature. As such, Staff brings yearly (at times biannual) amendment packages that address these "minor" issues.

The most recent Minor Fix amendments package is:

Amendment 25
- Minor Fix Amendment -    (inc. amendments to Sections: 303.6; 304.1; 402.2; 403.1; 403.2; 403.3; 403.7; 403.9; 404.3; 518.8; 519.8; 520.8; 523.7; 524.7; 525.8; 526.2; 526.8; 527.8; 527.9; 529.2; 529.9; 530.22; 802.3; 901.4; 902.2;  904.3; 905.1; 905.2; 1002.8; 1002.11; 1102; and Appendix A Definitions)

For additional information see Working Amendment Section

Opportunities for Involvement

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Kristen M. Hughes, Planning and Development Administrator.

Working Amendments

Recently Adopted LDC Amendments:

  • Amendment 21 – Digital Billboards – Sections 406.2 and 406.7 – Ordinance No. 17-04 (Effective February 1, 2017)
  • Amendment 22 – Donation Bins – Section 530.22 – Ordinance No. 16-33 (Effective October 27, 2016)
  • Amendment 23 – I-2 General Industrial Park District – Ordinance No. 16-41 (Effective January 11, 2017)
  • Connected City – Section 522.9 CC-MPUD Ordinance No. 17-06 (Effective February 10, 2017) – For further information visit the Connected City information page
  • Amendment 24 - Community Gardens, Market Gardens, and Community Farms - Ordinance No. 17-19 (Effective June 23, 2017)
  • Amendment 25 - Minor Fixes - Ordinance No. 17-30 (Effective August 31, 2017)
  • Amendment 26 - Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Dispensing Facilities - Amending Sections 525 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 (Effective December 4, 2017)

Amendment Process

The County's Ordinance Development Team (ODT) leads the drafting and review of all potential Land Development Code 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.