The purpose of the Longboat Key Zoning Code is to ensure that development enhances and is compatible with the Town, and is conducted in a manner that protects the public health, safety, and welfare. The last major analysis and rewrite of the Town’s Zoning Code was conducted in 1990, and it has since undergone revisions in a piecemeal fashion. This process has resulted in Zoning Code that is often difficult to interpret, which contains conflicting regulations, and which has not kept pace with modern development and redevelopment considerations.
The Town has recently initiated an effort to update its Zoning Code to address these issues and to create a more use-friendly document. Once adopted, the Zoning Code will be reviewed periodically by staff and updated as needed to ensure the Code remains relevant.
One of the first steps in updating the Zoning Code is to create a Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning process. Because much of the development that has taken place in Longboat Key occurred prior to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code that were adopted in 1984, there are many properties that do not conform to current regulations which are in need of redevelopment. One of the primary purposes of the PUD zoning regulations will be to create a process that addresses existing impediments preventing redevelopment of these nonconforming properties, while requiring that any redevelopment protect the existing character and natural beauty of the Town.
Much of the success of this project will depend on public participation in the drafting of Zoning Regulations. The Town of Longboat Key encourages all stakeholders and interested persons to participate in this process. Go to the FAQs section to learn about the various ways in which you can participate.