Land Development Code Amendments

  1. Amendment Process
  2. How To Get Involved

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.

  1. Joaquin Servia

    Assistant Planning and Development Director
    Phone: 727-847-8140

  2. Gina Monti

    Admin. Secretary
    Phone: 727-847-2411 x7893

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 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).

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)
  • Amendment 37 - Paver Driveways and Sidewalks - Ordinance No 19-07 (PDF) (Effective February 22, 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

Section 1001 Docks and Seawalls Proposed Ordinance (PDF)

**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.