Public comment invited on Land Development Code

Santa Rosa County will be seeking public input on a revamp of the Land Development Code (LDC) during two public workshops next month.

The LDC contains regulations that govern how land is developed in the unincorporated areas of the county and addresses everything from zoning, site development, the natural environment and stormwater management to parking, sidewalks, landscaping and architectural design criteria.

This process began last year as Planning and Zoning Director Shawn Ward requested a look into addressing concerns of citizens and staff.
In the early stages of this process, requirements for signage have already garnered calls for massive overhaul, and Ward has stated there are sections of the code that staff members say need changes.

The public is invited to attend and give feedback on the LDC update in the coming weeks. Residents and businesses offer valuable insight and their contributions are vital to the decision-making process, according to a press release from the county. Open house meetings to discuss the LDC update will be held:

  • Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m. at the Pace Community Center
    5976 Chumuckla Highway
  • Aug 15, 5-7 p.m. at the Tiger Point Community Center
    1370 Tiger Park Lane

Updating the LDC is a complex task that will take at least a year to complete. Goals of the update include modernizing the code to better address new uses and initiatives, eliminating unnecessary regulations, encouraging quality development and streamlining the code to make it easier for the public to use and understand.
A website for the effort has been set up at santarosa.fl.gov/LDCupdate. Feedback can be provided at the link.

As seen in the July 18 issue of Navarre Press.

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