Pinellas County is updating its Long Range Transportation Plan.
Pinellas By Design
Pinellas By Design: An Economic Development and Redevelopment Plan, is the county's redevelopment strategy to foster business development, while managing population growth and preserving our quality of life. For detailed information on the five year planning process, including community input, analysis, and related studies go to http://www.pinellasbydesign.org/.
To ensure we preserve and expand the potential for high-wage job creation, the County and its partners are using:
A $4 million Alternative Analysis was completed in 2012. An AA is an independent and extensive evaluation of local transit corridors that helps determine the placement and type of transit options that are most suitable for Pinellas County, and that qualify for federal funding.
The AA resulted in a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) being endorsed by a Project Advisory Committee. The LPA is light rail transit connecting Clearwater, Largo, the Greater Gateway area, Pinellas Park, and St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, with a regional connection across Tampa Bay to Hillsborough County. This also includes significant countywide local bus enhancements to the existing PSTA network to support the service.
Pinellas County Transportation Task Force
The Transportation Task Force is focusing on ways to capitalize on transportation investments and opportunities. Members are working with area planning and transit agencies to formulate practical and fiscally sound transportation recommendations.
Pinellas County MPO
Tampa Bay Region
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) was created by the Florida State Legislature in 2007 to develop and implement a Regional Transportation Master Plan for the seven-county West Central Florida region consisting of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties.
Transit Oriented Development
The County, its municipalities and the region are readying for future transit development through the creation of transit oriented development (TOD0 policies and codes. These are being modeled using the TOD Resource Guide created by the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA).
Future Land Use
Already in place are new future land use categories, which are designed to allow local governments flexibility in planning for redevelopment through special area plans in Residential, Mixed Use, Commercial and Industrial categories.
Pinellas County has also approved a set of Livable Community Policies and Codes designed to create urban environments where walking, bicycling and transit service is safe, comfortable and efficient and where the physical environment offers an interesting and unique experience from the standpoint of street, land and building design. Another key aspect of livable communities is the mixing of land uses which allows people to live closer to their points of destination such as shopping and work locations.
An Economic Development Element for the County’s Comprehensive Plan was adopted. This allowed many of the principles of Pinellas By Design and its related studies to be codified.
Land Development Codes for Unincorporated Areas
Find out about the Quality Communities Code
project. Pinellas County is updating the Land Development Code for the unincorporated areas of the County.
Long term planning continues on two major redevelopment projects which will provide three million square feet of office and industrial space for future generations of business.
Toytown is a county owned 240-acre historic landfill in mid-county with excellent interstate access, making it a very attractive prospect for a mixed-use redevelopment plan that could incorporate office/industrial, retail, residential and recreational development.
Airco is the county-owned former golf course and its 123 acres are planned for aviation, office, industrial and hotel uses.