Effective Sept. 5, 2012, the Planning and Zoning Department will be collecting all required fees assocated with the development review process, including Planning and Zoning, Engineering and Utility Systems fees. Please contact the Planner of the Day (772) 871-5212 to obtain the fee amount associated with your project.
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To assist the public and to direct and encourage quality community development in accordance with adopted policies, codes, and laws which enhance the city, protect the environment and make the city a better place to live.
This is accomplished by:
Planner of the day assistance is available at our City Hall offices Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., or by appointment.
Pre-Application meetings are available for new projects upon request. A fee is charged for the meeting. Download fee schedule.
All businesses operating within the City of Port St. Lucie are required to complete a Business Tax Application. An element of the Business Tax Application process requires all business owners to also fill out an Occupancy Use and Zoning Review Application. It is the responsibility of the Planning and Zoning Department to ensure that all businesses are reviewed for zoning compliance before moving into a particular zoning district. Applications can be obtained at the Business Tax Office, or downloaded from the Business Tax Division Web page.
The land development review process for the city includes site plan reviews, design reviews, subdivisions, rezoning, special exceptions, variances and future land use map changes. We also manage other land development regulation processes related to natural resources and public facility concurrency management project reviews. We provide application packets, codes, and instructions. Our goal is to help the public and the development community achieve their land use objectives with the guidance of city policies and land development regulations.
The city's Planning and Zoning Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Per Section 163 Florida Statutes, all cities and counties in the State of Florida are required to create, adopt and maintain a Comprehensive Plan providing a long range (10 to 20 years) vision of future development and redevelopment. The City of Port St. Lucie's Comprehensive Plan is an official public document adopted by the City Council to guide decision making related to economic growth, development of land, resource protection, and provision of public services and facilities in the City of Port St. Lucie. The city's current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1998.
Every seven years, the city is required to review and evaluate its Comprehensive Plan in a formal document known as an Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) in preparation for updating the Comprehensive Plan. The City of Port St. Lucie completed and adopted its Evaluation and Appraisal Report on April 26, 2010. The Department of Community Affairs issued a sufficiency determination on July 6, 2010 and found the City of Port St. Lucie Evaluation and Appraisal Report sufficient. Beginning in January 2011, Port St. Lucie and consultant Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc., embarked on the task of updating the City’s comprehensive plan.
In addition, we study a variety of long range planning issues related to urban design and the future.
A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established in 2001 with completion of a new Community Redevelopment Plan. The Community Redevelopment Area contains approximately 2,000 acres and is located along U.S. 1 and Port St. Lucie Blvd. The CRA is staffed by the City Manager's office.
The University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research estimated the city's population to be 166,041 as of April 1, 2011.
If you have questions or need help related to Planning and Zoning matters, contact us by one of the following means: