Downtown Redevelopment

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For a PDF of the Fact Sheet about the amendment, click /DocumentCenter/View/11642

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When reviewing the supporting documentation, we discovered an error in the publication of the July Planning Board meeting. It was advertised as a Public Meeting instead of a Public Hearing. To ensure strict adherence to the legal process, the Planning Board conducted official public hearings for both the Land Development (Town Center) Code and the Comprehensive Plan amendments.  The Planning Board met on October 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm, and recommended approval of both amendments, with a vote of 6-1. To view the meeting, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrfHVG99w1IThe City Council reviewed the documentation at their meeting on November 2, 2021, and directed the City Attorney to draft the ordinances and directed the City Clerk to advertise for public hearings held on December 7, 2021. The City Council approved both amendments, with a vote of 4-1.  

Please note the text amendment to the Comprehensive Plan requires additional approvals from Forward Pinellas, the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners, and the State of Florida.  The item was considered at the October 4, 2021 and the January 3, 2022 Planners Advisory Committee meeting of Forward Pinellas, and was unanimously approved.  The item was also considered by the at the January 12 Forward Pinellas Board, and was unanimously approved. 

The item will be now be considered by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, tentatively scheduled for February 8.  

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As a City Council priority for many years, the City of Oldsmar has initiated efforts to enhance the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) by creating an identifiable, vibrant, and walkable downtown along State Street and St. Petersburg Drive. To support this vision, the City has invited input from the community over 82 times at various public meetings since 2001.

Since establishing a CRA in 1994, there have been many investments to improve the area, and progress toward the vision of creating a downtown. Some of the public investments include upgrades to the potable water system, construction of streetscape elements (parking, lighting, crosswalks, etc.), renovation of the former Oldsmar Bank building and the State Street Center, and construction of the Oldsmar Public Library.  The City also bought land for the redevelopment of a “downtown” corridor (depicted in the graphic).  The City owns about 7 acres of land next to and north of the Library , the “Library Site”, along St. Petersburg Drive, and about 8 acres of land, the “City Hall” site, which includes property on the north side of State Street from SR 580 to Washington Avenue.

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