Planning & Zoning Board / Local Planning Agency Public Hearing
The County’s Planning and Zoning Board/Local Planning Agency (P&Z/LPA) consists of volunteer, unpaid members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to advise on planning, zoning and land development matters.
No later than 15 days prior to the P&Z/LPA public hearing, a sign for the purposes of notifying the public is physically posted on the subject property by the applicant detailing
the applicant’s request. Approximately 10 days in advance of the hearing, a courtesy notice is sent to all property owners within 500 feet of the property under consideration of the request, and a legal ad explaining the same is published in
the Florida Today Newspaper.
Any affected party may submit comments or testify at the public hearing. The applicant is required to attend the public hearing to present and respond to public concerns regarding the request. After receiving staff’s written comments and input from
both the applicant and the affected public on the rezoning application, the P&Z/LPA makes a recommendation to the BOCC. If
the P&Z/LPA does not support the application, the applicant may revise the request to respond to the concerns identified during the P&Z/LPA public hearing.
If your application generates public opposition, the applicant should meet with concerned parties in an effort to resolve differences prior to the BOCC taking final action. Controversial items without
effort upon the applicant to meet with affected property owners may result in the item being tabled to the next agenda to allow the parties to meet and resolve differences. The BOCC also has the option
to table the request to its next agenda.