Public Hearings Archive

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

  • 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.
  • January 9, 2019:
    • Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Plan
      • The proposed amendments to the TIP incorporate the performance measures and targets adopted by the board on November 14th for pavement condition, bridge condition and system performance.
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan
      • Case 19-01 – This proposed amendment is submitted by Pinellas County and seeks to amend a site totaling approximately 2.9 acres from Residential Low Medium to Public/Semi-Public. The subject property contains an accessory use associated with the Clearwater Community Church. The current use as a place of worship is proposed to remain. The requested amendment would allow for the development of additional institutional and related accessory units. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the Pinellas County Comprehensive Plan.
  • December 2018:
    • Florida Department of Transportation District 7 Tentative Five-Year Work Program Online Public Hearing: Visit D7WPPH.com beginning December 17, 2018, with public comments due by December 31, 2018, or attend the open house on December 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the FDOT District 7 office, 11201 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa, FL 3361. The Five-Year Work Program is FDOT’s plan for transportation system improvements programmed during the next five years. The Five-Year Work Program includes planning activities, preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition, construction and public transportation projects within Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough Counties planned by FDOT and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. This year, the Tentative Work Program includes projects scheduled for Fiscal Years 2020 through 2024 (projects scheduled to begin July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024). After the public comment period ends, the Tentative Work Program is reviewed by the Department, the State Legislature and adopted by the Governor in the Spring of 2019.
  • November 14, 2018, Forward Pinellas Board meeting, 1 p.m., 315 Court Street:
    • Transportation Improvement Program
      • Fall Update: Each year in the fall, Forward Pinellas, in its role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), updates its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include the most recently adopted transportation work programs of the local governments.  This includes municipal work programs as well as the transportation sections of the Pinellas County Capital Improvements Program (CIP), which is the largest local government work program in the TIP from the standpoint of budget and scope of projects.  Maps and summary tables representing the transportation section of the CIP are attached.
      •  TBARTA FTA Grant: FDOT is proposing a TIP amendment to the FY 2018/19 – 2022/23 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for TBARTA to receive a $3,679,734 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to support its regional van pool program and related expenses.  The proposed TIP amendment is required in order for TBARTA to receive federal authorization for the funds.
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan: 
      • Case 18-22 (continued from October) – This proposed amendment is submitted by unincorporated Pinellas County and seeks to amend a site totaling approximately 0.67 acre from Office  to Retail & Services. The current use of the subject property is a single family home. The proposed use is for a compounding pharmacy. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with Pinellas County’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case 18-25 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Clearwater and seeks to amend a site totaling approximately 0.3 acre from Retail & Services  to Residential Medium. This amendment qualifies as a Type A subthreshold amendment because it is less than five acres in size and meets the balancing criteria. The subject property is vacant. The proposed use is for two detached, residential units. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • October 10, 2018, Forward Pinellas Board meeting, 1 p.m., 315 Court Street:
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan: 
      • Case CW 18-19 (Continued from September) – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of St. Petersburg and seeks to amend a site totaling approximately 1.5 acres from Residential Medium to Multimodal Corridor. The subject property includes an existing fitness club with surface parking. The applicant is proposing to replace the existing fitness club with a modernized fitness club and structured parking. Structured parking is not an allowable use on the portion of the subject property that is designated Residential Medium. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of St. Petersburg’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case CW 18-21 (Continued from September) – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Clearwater and seeks to amend a site totaling approximately 9.2 acres of a 24.46-acre parcel from Public/Semi-Public and Preservation to Residential Low Medium. Currently, the subject property is occupied by two single-family homes and surrounds a 4.8-acre pond providing stormwater storage and treatment for the neighborhood to the south through drainage easements. The applicant has submitted a petition to annex into the City of Clearwater as required in order to connect to city utility service when the site redevelops in the future. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case 18-22 – This case has been continued to the November 14 board meeting by request of the local government.
      • Case 18-23 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of St. Petersburg and seeks to amend a site totaling approximately 82 acres. The current and proposed category is Activity Center. The City of St. Petersburg proposes to adopt amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations for a portion of the properties located in the Innovation District Activity Center. The purpose of this action is to amend the local land use categories, uses, intensities and other development standards and regulations for the subject area to better integrate supportive uses and create a more cohesive district that reflects the theme of innovation.
      • Case 18-24 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Belleair Bluffs and seeks to amend a site totaling approximately 0.30 acre from Residential Low to Retail & Services. This amendment qualifies as a Type A subthreshold amendment because it is less than five acres in size and meets the balancing criteria. The subject property is being occupied by a single family home. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Belleair Bluff’s Comprehensive Plan
  • September 12, 2018, Forward Pinellas Board meeting, 1 p.m., 315 Court Street:
    • Proposed Amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – The Annual Roll-Forward Amendment to the adopted TIP reconciles year one of the TIP with the FDOT Work Program. This is a routine annual process to assist Forward Pinellas in identifying projects that were not committed in the previous Fiscal Year (2017/18) and have automatically rolled into FY 2018/19 of the FDOT Work Program. This amendment ensures that year one of the FY 2018/19 – 2022/23 TIP, adopted by the Board on June 13, 2018, matches year one of the FDOT Work Program.
    • Annual Adoption of Priorities – Forward Pinellas adopts project priority lists on an annual basis for the allocation of federal funding. These include the Multimodal Transportation Priority Projects List and Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program Priority List. Forward Pinellas also adopts the Transportation Management Area (TMA) priority lists, as endorsed by the TMA Leadership Group. The approved priority lists are used by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in the development of its Five Year Work Program.
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan: 
      • Case CW 18-19 – Continued to October meeting.
      • Case CW 18-20 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Clearwater and seeks to amend a site totaling approximately 0.4 acres from Activity Center to Activity Center. The City of Clearwater proposes to amend the Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan governing the Activity Center to change the local land use designation of a parcel from Commercial General to Central Business District, to be consistent with the remainder of the properties in the Prospect Lake Character District. The subject property lies within the Prospect Lake Character District of the Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan. This parcel is currently a veterinary office and was accidentally not advertised within Ordinance 9143-18 which amended all other properties on the local map in the district to Central Business District. This amendment will correct that oversight and is being acted upon by Forward Pinellas and the Countywide Planning Authority because of the resulting effects on density, intensity, and uses within the Activity Center. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case CW 18-21 – Continued to October meeting.
  • July 11, 2018, Forward Pinellas Board meeting, 1 p.m., 315 Court Street:
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan: 
      • Case CW 18-16 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Clearwater and seeks to amend the Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan governing the Activity Center to consolidate seven local future land use designations in the Prospect Lake and Downtown Gateway Character Districts into one designation, Central Business District. The request seeks to amend approximately 173 acres from Activity Center and Recreation/Open Space to Activity Center. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case CW 18-17 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Clearwater and seeks to amend the Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan governing the Activity Center to consolidate three local future land use designations in the Old Bay Character District into one designation, Central Business District. The request seeks to amend  approximately 10.9 acres from Activity Center to Activity Center.  If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan.
      • Case CW 18-18 – This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Dunedin and seeks to amend a property of approximately 0.3 acre from Residential Low Medium to Residential Medium. The property contains a 12 bed assisted living facility. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Dunedin’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • June 13, 2018, Forward Pinellas Board meeting, 1 p.m., 315 Court Street:
    • Five Year Work Program: Forward Pinellas is required to adopt a fiscal year (FY) 2018/19 – FY 2022/23 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) by July 1, 2018 for the county to receive state and federal funding for transportation projects.  The attached tables and maps summarize projects in the FDOT Final Tentative Work Program. Pending approval by the Forward Pinellas Board on June 13, 2018, the new FDOT Work Program and accompanying maps and tables will be incorporated into the Forward Pinellas FY 2018/19 – FY 2022/23 TIP.
    • Transportation Improvement Program Amendments: 
      • FPN# 4434901 – Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle Section 5339(c) Program Grant- Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) received an allocation from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Program. The proposed amendment would add $1 million of FTA Section 5339(c) funding in FY 2017/18.  The grant provides capital funding to purchase two electric buses and related equipment.  The funding source is the FTA-administered Low or No Emission Vehicle Section 5339(c) Program.
      • FPN# 4343041 – FTA Section 5339(a) Grant for Buses and Bus Facilities Program – PSTA received a grant from the FTA Section 5339(a) Buses and Bus Facilities Program. The proposed amendment would add $1,789,844 in FY 2017/18 of the TIP. The grant provides funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and/or related equipment and facilities. The funding source is the FTA-administered Grants for Bus and Bus Facilities Section 5339(a) Program.
      • FPN# 4390041 – Section 5337 State of Good Repair Grant Project – PSTA received an allocation of $7,276 in FTA Section 5337 State of Good Repair Grant funds in FY 2017/18. The grant funds will provide capital funding to replace and/or rehabilitate bus-related equipment to maintain a state of good repair. The funding source is the FTA-administered State of Good Repair Section 5337 Program.
    • Land Use Amendments to the Countywide Plan: 
      • Case CW 18-15 –  This proposed amendment is submitted by the City of Clearwater and seeks to amend a property totaling approximately 2.8 acres from Office to Retail & Services. This amendment qualifies as a Type A subthreshold amendment because it is less than five acres in size and meets the balancing criteria. The subject property’s existing use is an office building. A self-storage building is proposed for the site. If approved, this amendment will be consistent with the City of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan.