Amendments are considered by the BOCC in public hearings

The Development Services Department reviews text amendments to the Land Development Code periodically. Land Development Code (LDC) Amendments are considered by the Board of County Commissioners in public hearings. Please note, the proposed text below is a draft and subject to change prior to the hearing. Please see the complete file to view all drafts.

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Round 1, 2024 LDC Text Amendments

Key dates

  • Public Outreach Meeting – April 2, 2024 6 PM (Virtual)
  • Planning Commission Consistency Finding – April 8, 2024 (Hybrid)
  • 1st BOCC Public Hearing - May 9, 2024 6 PM (Hybrid)
  • 2nd BOCC Public Hearing – June 6, 2024 6 PM (Hybrid)

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Proposed Amendments

Information on current proposed amendments

LDC 23-0138 - Text Amendment to LDC Part 6.11.00, Part 11.03.00, Section 2.02.02, and Part 12.01.00

Vaping Retail Shops – Standards for Development

  • Purpose
    • The proposed Text Amendment regarding vaping retail shops establishes zoning and land development regulations related to the location and permitting of the establishments that sells vaping products within 500 feet of public or private elementary, middle and secondary schools. The amendment will prohibit vaping retail shops with more than 20% of its total monthly retail sales of vaping products within 500 feet of public or private elementary, middle and secondary schools and require a Conditional Use zoning permit review and approval. Vaping retail shops with more than 20% of its total monthly retail sales of vaping products located within 500 feet public or private schools that were a permitted use of their property's zoning classification and in lawful operation by the effective date of this amendment would be deemed a legal nonconforming use, subject to a Determination of Nonconformity. This amendment has been directed by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Information and resources

LDC 23-0311 - Text Amendment to LDC Section 10.03.02 and Section 10.03.04

Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPA) with Related Rezoning Applications and Planning Commission Rezoning Report Filing Deadline

  • Purpose
    • This proposed Text Amendment will modify the procedures for amendments to official zoning atlas (rezonings) of the LDC, specifically the consideration and final decision by the Board when rezoning or major modification applications are related to amendments of the Future of Hillsborough Comprehensive Plan (CPA) application. Applications proceeding in accordance with the Land Development Code that are contingent on a request to amend the Future of Hillsborough Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County will be deemed withdrawn and of no further effect in the event that such requested amendment to the Future of Hillsborough Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County is denied by the Board of County Commissioners and no further proceeding or action will be required. This amendment will also modify the filing date for reports prepared by Planning Commission Staff for hearing applications (official zoning atlas - rezonings).
  • Information and resources

LDC 23-0312 - Text Amendment to LDC Section 6.11.103 and Section 2.02.02

Yard Waste Air Curtain Incinerator

  • Purpose
    • This proposed Text Amendment modifies the standards for Yard Waste Air Curtain Incinerator (ACI) facilities. The amendment will distinguish between commercial facilities which accept yard waste generated off site for incineration, and those that are temporary and accessory to the clearing of land, limited to the incineration of yard waste generated on site only. The amendment will specify that the commercial facilities will only be permissible as a Conditional Use in the CI (Commercial Intensive) and M (Manufacturing) zoning districts. Facilities that are accessory to land clearing for site development will be permitted in all zoning districts as a Conditional Use as well. Both type of facilities will require to meet all Local and State of Florida environmental requirements and permitting. Standards will regulate minimum required setbacks, screening and restricts the duration of the use for accessory/temporary ACI’s sites. This amendment has been directed by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Information and resources

LDC 24-0340 - Text Amendment to LDC Part 6.03.00 and Part 10.01.00

Live Local Act (LLA) Administrative Approval & Land Use Restriction Agreement (LURA) Process

  • Purpose
    • This proposed amendment to the Land Development Code will implement the Live Local Act (LLA) recently created by Senate Bill 102 that became effective on July 1, 2023 and establish the standards and administrative procedures for new projects developed under the Live Local Act (LLA) and Land Use Restriction Agreement (LURA) in the LDC. Live Local Act projects must still adhere to all other limitations and requirements contained in Hillsborough County’s Comprehensive plan and the proposed Land Development Code regulations for multifamily developments in areas zoned for such use. The amendment will provide the criteria and requirements for a project to qualify under the Live local Act in Hillsborough County, consistent with the LLA Statue, including the zoning districts where allowed, building height, parking per the LDC, maximum density of 35 du/ac, permits multifamily rental and mixed-use multifamily rental projects with at least 65% of total square footage used for residential purposes, and at least 40 percent of the residential units must be designated as affordable housing, as defined in Florida Statutes, for a period of at least 30 years subject to a Land Use Restriction Agreement (LURA) among other requirements. Lastly, the procedures for new LLA projects in the County will be added in the Land Development Code, and establish the submittal requirements by applicants, as well as the County’s internal process by the Development Services Department and the Affordable Housing Services Department (AHS).
  • Information and resources

LDC 24-0341 - Text Amendment to LDC Section 6.04.03

Private Road Railroad Crossings Written Authorization by Rail Line Owner

  • Purpose
    • This proposed amendment to the Land Development Code (LDC) will add requirements for future development seeking private railroad crossings including agritourism activities to obtain written authorization from rail line owners. When rail lines cross private roads, the applicant may provide evidence of a right to cross the rail line, but the LDC currently does not require applicants to provide authorization from the rail line owner to ensure that necessary safety measures are in place for a specific project or use. Given the potential for significant offsite safety implications associated with the public crossing a rail line that does not have appropriate crossing controls, it would be appropriate to require the authorization of the rail line owner to ensure that necessary safety measures are in place. Regulations to LDC Sec. 6.04.03, General Access Standards, will be added requiring all new development crossing existing rail lines on private roads to provide written authorization to the County by the rail line owner. This authorization from the rail line owner would allow the opportunity to assess the type and amount of traffic that would be crossing their rail line as well as identify whether the crossing would be used by the general public and decide on whether such crossing would be appropriate from a safety standpoint and identify what type of crossing control would be appropriate if they were to approve the crossing. This text amendment has been directed by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Information and resources

LDC 24-0342 - Text Amendment to LDC Section 4.01.07

Wetland Setbacks Reduction

  • Purpose
    • This proposed Text Amendment to the Land Development Code refines the instances where wetland setbacks would provide functional protection to adjacent wetlands. The amendment will remove the requirement for a wetland setback when wetlands are approved to be impacted creating a new wetland line and the changes to the site would not have water flowing through the otherwise-applicable setback area to the wetland. It will also allow fences that do not impede the flow of stormwater to be located within wetland setback areas and permits pool screen enclosures to be located in portions of wetland setback areas where pools are currently allowed.
  • Information and resources

LDC 24-0343 - Text Amendment to LDC Section 6.06.03 and Section 6.06.07

Irrigation Plans Revisions

  • Purpose
    • This proposed amendment to the Land Development Code (LDC) aims to reduce duplicative irrigation designs by eliminating the need for developers to submit an irrigation plan for review during the site and subdivision application process. The requirement for applicants to submit an irrigation plan will be eliminated, increasing review efficiency and reducing duplicate efforts when designing the irrigation system. Instead, the amendment will require that the irrigation design meets the LDC design criteria, attested to by a Florida state-licensed professional. Additionally, a Florida state licensed professional must sign an attestation certifying that the irrigation system has been installed per the LDC design criteria.
  • Information and resources

LDC 24-0221 - Text Amendment to LDC Section 4.02.02 and Part 12.01.00

Implementation of Comprehensive Plan Amendment HC CPA-23-18

This LDC Amendment is related to Comprehensive Plan CPA 23-18. The LDC will be heard concurrently with the CPA 23-18 amendment which is scheduled to be in front of the Planning Commission for public hearing on April 8 at 5:30 PM. The BOCC transmittal hearing is May 9 at 6 PM. Adoption Hearing to follow on June 6 at 6 PM.

For additional information on the CPA, please visit the Planning Commission website at County text amendment aims to make changes to Rural Area water and wastewater policies - Plan Hillsborough

Rural Area Utilities - Connections and Expansions

  • Purpose
    • The purpose of this publicly initiated amendment to Land Development Code is to add requirements and criteria to implement the "Rural Areas Utilities" policies proposed for the updated One Water Chapter of the Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan under HC/CPA 23-18. The proposed changes include requirements and restrictions to allow connections and expansions of potable water and wastewater lines. This LDC Amendment is being heard concurrently with HC/CPA 23-18.
  • Information and resources

Applying for a Land Development Code (LDC) amendment

Amendments are initiated by submitting a text amendment application. If the amendment is initiated by an individual or entity outside the county, they must first attend a mandatory application pre-submittal conference and then submit the application and pay the fee by appointment. To schedule an appointment to submit a completed application contact the Zoning Counseling Center by phone at (813) 272-5600.

Last Modified: 2/29/2024, 7:16:43 PM

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