Planned Development Zoning
Zoning Case Types:
Planned Development Districts:
There are two basic types of zoning districts: conventional zoning districts and planned development districts. The general purpose of both types of zoning districts is to implement the goals, objectives, and policies of the Lee Plan, as well as to provide protection to the public health, safety and welfare through the regulation of land use.
Planned Development zoning is required for larger projects, known as Developments of County Impact. Other proposed developments, regardless of size, may seek a planned development designation where the developer desires and the Division Director determines that it is in the public interest to do so. The Lee Plan provides that certain owner-initiated rezoning and special exceptions meeting specific thresholds will be reviewed as Developments of County Impact. The Development of County Impact thresholds are further categorized as major and minor planned developments.
Planned development zoning districts allow greater flexibility in design but may have conditions attached during the approval process. Use and development regulations for planned development districts are provided in Chapters 12, 32 and 34 of the Land Development Code.
Planned Development Zoning Process:
The applicant is required to submit a completed application and fee pursuant to the county fee schedule. Review of the applicable application checklist will help ensure a complete application. Applicants are required to submit more information than for a conventional rezoning, including: a conceptual site plan which establishes use, access, buffers and open space, and other features of the actual development; traffic studies; and, in some cases, an environmental determination.
The average time to complete a planned development rezoning is, in some cases, a year or more depending on completeness of the application when submitted. For further information, you may contact the Division of Zoning.