Public Hearings Archive

The following is an archived list of recently held public hearings. For upcoming public hearings, see the public hearings page.

  • February 12, 2020, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan:
      • Case CW 20-04: This proposed amendment is submitted by Pinellas County and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 1.69 acre from Residential Low Medium to Residential Medium. The proposed amendment would allow for the development of additional multi-family units on the property that are currently not supported by the local future land use designation that falls under the Residential Low Medium category.
    • Regional Transportation Priorities
      • Forward Pinellas, acting as the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, will be adopting regional transportation priority lists of projects for state and federal funding. These include the TMA Leadership Group 2020 Top Priorities and the MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee 2020 Regional Transportation Priority Projects lists.
  • February 18, 2020, 10 a.m., 310 Court St., Clearwater
    • The Local Coordinating Board (LCB) will conduct a public workshop and a general meeting on February 18, 2020, to address the regular business of the LCB and the Transportation Disadvantaged Program in Pinellas County. The Local Coordinating Board (LCB) was established by the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and charged with oversight and advisory responsibilities for the Transportation Disadvantaged Program. This program provides transportation services to persons who do not have the means or ability to transport themselves and generally includes persons who are elderly, disabled or economically disadvantaged. Both the meeting and public hearing will be held in the Pinellas County Planning Department Conference Room, 310 Court Street, Clearwater. The meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The public hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. This location is two blocks southwest of PSTA’s Park Street Terminal.
  • January 8, 2020, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan:
      • Case CW 20-01: This proposed amendment is submitted by Pinellas County and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 1.79 acre from Residential Low Medium to Residential Medium. The proposed amendment would allow for the subject parcel to continue to be used as an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) and would allow for the owners to expand the number of beds for the ALF from 54 to 80 beds without expanding the property.
      • Case CW 20-02:  This proposed amendment is submitted by Pinellas County and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.22 acres from Residential Low Medium to Retail & Services. The proposed amendment would allow for the inclusion of the 0.22-acre subject property, which is currently vacant, into a vacant commercial parcel to the east, both of which are owned by the same company.
      • Case CW 20-03:  This proposed amendment is submitted by Pinellas Park and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.45 acres from Retail & Services and Target Employment Center Overlay to Employment and Target Employment Center Overlay. The proposed amendment would allow for the subject property, which is currently vacant, to be redeveloped into an outdoor storage facility.
    • Transportation Improvement Program:
      • 443600-1 TIP/STIP Amendment: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is proposing an amendment to the FY 2019/20 – 2023/24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The amendment advances construction funding for a bridge replacement project at 40th Avenue North east over Placido Bayou from year five to the current year. A TIP amendment for this project was previously approved by the board at the November 2019 meeting. Since that time, it was determined that the total project cost provided was inaccurate. The cost information has been updated and the TIP needs to be amended to reflect the correct project amount. The projects corrected total cost is $5,488,352. This funding is new and will not affect projects already included in the TIP.
  • November 13, 2019, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater
    • Advantage Pinellas Long Range Transportation Plan
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan:
      • CW19-21: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Largo and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.39 acres from Public/Semi-Public to Residential Low Medium. The subject property is currently being used as a church parsonage on a broader church property, however, the owner has indicated interest in selling the parsonage and developing a new one elsewhere on the broader church property. The subject property is considered conforming as a single ancillary dwelling unit and could be converted into a single-family residential property in the future.
      • CW19-22:  This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Largo and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 3.3 acres from Office, Retail & Services, and Target Employment Center to Retail & Services and Target Employment Center. The subject properties fall within the Bay Vista employment hub and are currently bisected by differing land use classifications. The applicant’s intent is to establish a single land-use classification across the entire property in accordance with the locational criteria. The Target Employment Center Overlay will remain in place.
      • CW19-23: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Largo and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 2.16 acres from Residential Low Medium to Public/Semi-Public. The subject property is currently being used as a single-family home, however, the Lake House Assisted Living Facility located west of the property desires to expand their facility by incorporating the subject property. The intended use is consistent with the character and scale of institutional uses adjacent to the property.
    • Transportation Improvement Program:
      • TIP Amendment:  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is proposing an amendment to the FY 2019/20 – 2023/24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The amendment advances construction funding for a bridge replacement project at 40th Avenue North east over Placido Bayou from year five to the current year. The projects total cost is $9,636,304. This funding is new and will not affect projects already included in the TIP.
      • TIP Modification: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides funds for planning, defined as FTA 5305 funds, to Forward Pinellas through FDOT. These funds vary from year to year and are initially estimated in the development of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). However, when these funds become available their actual value must be reflected in the UPWP. The TIP planning funds must reflect the UPWP planning funds, hence the proposed modification to the currently adopted TIP. The initial FTA section 5305 funds estimate of $508,150 is therefore being updated to the actual FTA section 5305 fund allocation of $544,779.
      • Fall Update of the TIP: Each year in the fall Forward Pinellas updates its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include the recently adopted transportation work programs of the local governments.  Although metropolitan planning organizations are only required to provide information on federal- and state-funded transportation projects, Forward Pinellas has historically included the transportation projects in adopted local government capital improvement programs through its annual fall update. This provides citizens, businesses and other public agencies that reference the TIP with a more comprehensive report of scheduled transportation projects located throughout Pinellas County.
  • October 9, 2019, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan:
      • CW 19-15: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Safety Harbor and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 1.74 acres from Residential Low Medium to Public/Semi-Public. The subject property is currently vacant and was purchased by the City of Safety Harbor with the intent to use the property to expand their public works facility in the future. No development proposals have been budgeted or proposed at this time.
      • CW 19-19: This proposed amendment is submitted by the Town of Belleair and seeks to amend property totaling
        approximately 3.6 acres from Residential Low Medium to Recreation/Open Space. A portion of the amendment area  was added to the Pelican Golf Course in 2018, and is being amended to bring the Town’s future land use map and Countywide Plan Map into consistency with one another. For the remaining portion, the proposed amendment would allow for the subject parcels to be incorporated into the golf course and allow for the development of additional on-site guest cottages to be used by members and out of town guests, as well as allow for the future construction of an expanded golf course practice area. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Belleair Bluffs Comprehensive Plan.
      • CW 19-20: This proposed amendment is submitted by Pinellas County and seeks to amend property totaling
        approximately 0.39 acre from Residential Low Medium to Office. The proposed amendment would allow for the subject parcel to be used as an office space for a small business which intends to use the site for their control center for phones and filing. There will be no storage of products on site, or commercial vehicles present.
  • September 11, 2019, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater:
      • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan:
        • CW19-14: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Largo and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 7.2 acres from Residential Very Low to Residential Low Medium. The subject property is currently being utilized as single-family residence. The owner of this property would like to redevelop the site into a single-family subdivision with a maximum density of 7.5 units per acre, totaling no more than 54 units.
        • CW19-15 (CONTINUED TO OCTOBER MEETING): This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Safety Harbor and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 1.74 acres from Residential Low Medium to Public/Semi-Public. The subject property is currently vacant and was purchased by the City of Safety Harbor with the intent to use the property to expand their public works facility in the future. No development proposals have been budgeted or proposed at this time.
        • CW19-16:  This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Tarpon Springs and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.33 acres from Office to Residential Medium. The proposed amendment area currently has an existing single-family residence on the property. The applicant intends to subdivide the parcel and construct a second single-family residence.
        • CW19-17: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Safety Harbor and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.5 acre from Residential Low Medium to Recreation/Open Space. The subject property is currently vacant land that was purchased by the City of Safety Harbor with the intent to keep the property in a passive, natural state.
        • CW19-18: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Safety Harbor and seeks to amend the local character district designation of approximately 0.62 acre of property from the Community Town Center Character District to the Public Character District. The subject property amendment is inclusive of a broader update to the local Community Redevelopment Plan, also known as the Downtown Master Plan. These changes include text amendments, which are consistent with the Countywide Rules, to revise maximum heights for building and structures in portions of the Community Town Center, Public, and Traditional Neighborhood Development Character Districts, and update the redevelopment objectives and Pinellas County Tax Increment Financing eligibility policies. The subject property’s designation on the Countywide Plan Map will remain as Activity Center.
      • Transportation Improvement Program (TIP):
        • Modification: This proposed TIP modification seeks to incorporate adjusted planning funds to match the FY 18/19-19/20 UPWP into the FY 19/20-23/24 TIP. This modification is for funds that were not used in FY 2018 that are being carried over into FY 2020 UPWP and were accounted for in the development of the FY 18/19 – 19/20 UPWP.
        • Amendment: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is requesting that Forward Pinellas, in its role as the metropolitan planning organization, approve the Annual Roll-Forward Amendment to the adopted Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to reconcile year one of the TIP with the FDOT Work Program. The FY 2019/20 through 2023/24 TIP will take effect on October 1, 2019. This roll forward amendment is a routine annual process to assist Forward Pinellas in identifying projects that were not committed in the previous Fiscal Year (2018/19) and have automatically rolled into FY 2019/20 of the FDOT Work Program.
  • July 10, 2019, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater:
    • Modification of the Transportation Improvement Program:
      • This proposed TIP modification seeks to incorporate adjusted planning funds to match the FY 18/19- 19/20UPWP into the FY 18/19-23/24 TIP. This modification is for funds that were not used in FY 2018 that are being carried over into FY 2020 UPWP and were accounted for in the development of the FY 18/19 – 19/20 UPWP. FY 2020 Federal Highway Planning (PL) funds are being adjusted from $1,022,963 to $1,614,350, and FY 2020 Federal Highway Surface Transportation funds (SU-STP) are being adjusted from $350,000 to $357,018.
    • Countywide Plan Updates:
      • The Forward Pinellas Board will be considering updates to the Countywide Plan for land use in coordination with Advantage Pinellas, the long range plan for transportation. The changes will allow local governments to create transit-oriented development in locations identified by the Advantage Pinellas Transit Needs Plan. The board will vote on whether to recommend approval of the updated plan to the Board of County Commissioners in their role as the Countywide Planning Authority.
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan:
      • Clearwater, Case CW19-11: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Clearwater and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.52 acres from Retail and Services to Activity Center. The subject property is currently vacant and part of a voluntary annexation into the Clearwater Activity Center. The purpose of this annexation is to help spur development on an otherwise vacant parcel currently zoned for commercial uses. In addition, this annexation will eliminate an enclave of retail/commercial that exists within the current Clearwater Activity Center.
      • St. Petersburg, Case CW19-12: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of St. Petersburg and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 1.63 acres from Public/Semi-Public and Residential Low Medium  to Public/Semi-Public and Residential Low Medium. The subject properties are owned by Pasadena Presbyterian Church who is seeking to create six single family lots on property currently used for Institutional purposes associated with the Church. While at a countywide level the Public/Semi-Public category does allow for residential uses, the local Institutional category that falls under the Public/Semi-Public Countywide Plan Map category does not.
      • Tarpon Springs, Case CW19-13: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Tarpon Springs and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 2.3 acres from Retail and Services to Industrial. The proposed amendment area is currently vacant and intends to be converted into an automobile repair facility with a new 16,900 square foot building. The 2.3-acre parcel is currently part of a larger 9+ acre parcel and will be subdivided from that parcel during the course of this project.
  • June 12, 2019, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater:
    • New Transportation Improvement Program
      • Forward Pinellas is required to adopt a fiscal year (FY) 2019/20 – FY 2023/24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) by July 1, 2019 for the county to receive state and federal funding for transportation projects.  The TIP contains project descriptions, schedules, and corresponding funding allocations regarding scheduled transportation improvement projects for the 25 local governments of Pinellas County, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), local airports, and the Port of St. Petersburg. The projects include new construction, reconstruction, capital purchases, and maintenance work associated with roads, sidewalks, trails, transit services, airports, the Port of St. Petersburg, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Program. The annual TIP adoption process involves incorporating the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) FY 2019/20 – FY 2023/24 Final Tentative Work Program into the TIP. The FDOT Work Program includes a five-year schedule of state and federally-funded transportation projects, including new projects introduced in the fifth year (2023/2024).
    • Annual Adoption of Transportation Priorities
      • Forward Pinellas, acting as the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, will be adopting priority lists of projects for state and federal funding. These include the Multimodal Priority List, the Transportation Alternatives Program Priority List, the Transportation Management Area 2019 Top Priorities List and the TMA Top Priorities for Multiuse Trails.
  • May 8, 2019, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater:
    • Transportation Improvement Program Amendments:
      • FPN# 4245015 – I-275 (SR 93) FROM 54TH AVE S TO ROOSEVELT BLVD LANE CONTINUITY
        AND EXPRESS LANES N OF I-375:  The amendment adds $2.5 million to FY2020 toward the development of design  plans for improvements to I-275 (SR93) from 54th Avenue South to South of Roosevelt Boulevard. This project will add two express lanes in each direction from I-375 to Gandy Boulevard and will include lane continuity improvements along the entire corridor. This project is planned as a design-build with construction funded in FY 2023 ($270,544,900).
      • FPN# 4376361 – ALTERNATE US 19/SR 595/PALM HARBOR BLVD AT FLORIDA AVE: The amendment adds $533,000 to FY2019 for the preliminary engineering of a roundabout to improve intersection safety on Alternate US 19 at Florida Avenue. The project is not currently funded for construction.
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan:
      • Case CW19-09: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Largo and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.49 acres from Retail and Services to Employment. This amendment qualifies as a Type A subthreshold amendment because it is less than five acres in size and meets the applicable criteria. The subject property is currently owned and is used by ION Media Networks, Inc. as a “warehouse and storage facility.” If the amendment is approved, ION Media Networks will incorporate this area into its future development plans.
      • Case CW19-10: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Largo and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 6.4 acres from Employment and Target Employment Center to Retail and Services and Target Employment Center. The purpose of this amendment is to allow for the continued retail and commercial uses at the local level that were initially implemented through a now expired Development of Regional Impact (DRI) Development Order that was responsible for creating the ICOT Center Master Plan, which remains in place as the general guiding document for development within the ICOT Center.
    • Forward Pinellas Public Participation Plan: Forward Pinellas is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Public Participation Plan (PPP).The PPP guides Forward Pinellas’ public involvement activities, practices and procedures and sets forth objectives and strategies aimed at educating and engaging citizens in the development of its transportation plans and programs. The Plan is reviewed and amended occasionally to reflect or initiate changes in the program resulting from periodic evaluations, federal certification recommendations and procedural adjustments.The draft linked above is a strike through underline version of the PPP with proposed amendments responding to the recent update of the Forward Pinellas Title VI Plan and changes associated with adjustments to various outreach strategies in Appendix A. Members of the public may email comments on the plan to Planning Division Manager Al Bartolotta from March 18 through May 1.Comments received during this time will be reflected in the proposed amendments presented to the Forward Pinellas Board for approval at its May 8, 2019 meeting.
  • April 10, 2019, 1 p.m., 315 Court St., Clearwater:
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan
      • Case CW 19-07: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Clearwater and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 4.88 acres from Public/Semi-Public to Residential Low Medium. The subject property is the current location of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, however, the property was purchased by Union Place, LLC in September of 2018. In total, there is approximately 30,000 square feet of development comprised of four one and two-story buildings on the site. If approved, this amendment would allow the property to redevelop as a residential development which is in scale, intensity and character with the overall neighborhood and would be consistent with the City of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case CW 19-08: This proposed amendment is submitted by Pinellas County and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 1.61 acres from Residential Low Medium  and Preservation, to Recreation/Open Space. The subject property is currently vacant and is part of a broader 245 acres that comprises both developed and undeveloped portions of Wall Springs County Park and Wai Lani Girl Scout Camp. Until recently Pinellas County did not have appropriate zoning for recreational uses, and therefore it was common practice to leave the underlying zoning in place while updating the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) to reflect Recreation/Open Space. The proposed amendments are intended to reflect the current and planned future uses of the park and camp as well as bring the local Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and Zoning Atlas into consistency. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with Pinellas County’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • March 13, 2019:
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan
      • Case 19-05: This proposed amendment is submitted by Pinellas County and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.4 acres from Residential Low Medium to Retail and Services. The subject property contains an automobile repair facility and resides on a corridor that is primarily a mix of commercial and residential uses. The intended use of the property will continue to be an automobile repair facility, of which the owner has no immediate plans to redevelop, but would like the ability to redevelop the property in the future to include commercial uses. If approved, this amendment will correct an inconsistency between the zoning and future land use categories and be consistent with Pinellas County’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case 19-06: This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of St. Pete Beach and seeks to amend property totaling approximately 0.3 acres from Public/Semi-Public to Residential Medium. The subject property currently contains an elevated structure that was formerly used as a private school facility but is now vacant. The property is currently surrounded by residential and multi-family uses, and while there is no redevelopment planned at this time, the property owner intends to convert the structure to a multi-family development with the intended use as residential housing.  If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of St. Pete Beach’s Comprehensive Plan.
    • Transportation Improvement Plan Amendments:
      • The proposed amendments to the TIP incorporate the safety performance measures and targets previously adopted by the board on February 13.
  • February 13, 2019:
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan
      • Case 19-02 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of St. Petersburg and seeks to amend the designation of four parcels totaling approximately 4.1 acres from Recreation/Open Space to Residential Low Medium. The subject property is undeveloped land located near the St. Petersburg Country Club, Inc. clubhouse within the Lakewood Estates neighborhood. The purpose of the proposed map amendment is to create single-family home sites. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of St. Petersburg’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case 19-03 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Largo and seeks to amend the designation of approximately 2.45 acres of property from Residential Low Medium and Retail and Services to Retail and Services. The subject property is undeveloped land that sits adjacent to a CarMax automobile dealership, mini-storage/warehouse, stormwater pond, and residential neighborhood. The intended use of the property is to provide additional vehicle storage areas for the automobile dealership. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Largo’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case 19-04 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Largo and seeks to amend the designation of 4.6 acres of property from Resort, Recreation/Open Space and No Designation to Resort. The subject property is currently used by the Cove Cay marina who provides boat storage, fuel sales, bait shop, kayak rental and related services to their customers. These water-dependent uses are inconsistent with the current future land use designation but have existed on the property since the early 1970’s. The purpose of the amendment is to bring the existing legally non-conforming uses into conformity with the local land use plan. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Largo’s Comprehensive Plan.