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The Planning & Zoning Division is responsible for project management, oversight and resource coordination for planning related projects for the Development Services Department. The division also prepares analysis for Comprehensive Plan Amendments and ordinances for changes to the Land Development Code.

(850) 595-3475
3363 West Park Place
Pensacola, FL 32505

Upcoming Community Meetings to Discuss Escambia County Zoning Classification Changes

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 9:37am

The Escambia County Development Services Department is in the process of rewriting the Escambia County Land Development Code (LDC) to create an efficient and rational document to guide expansion within the County. Meetings will be held throughout the community to answer citizens’ questions as all zoning districts for land parcels will change.

Planning Board

The Planning Board, sitting as the Local Planning Agency, consists of seven voting members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), all of whom reside within Escambia County. Two ex-officio non-voting members sit on the Planning Board as well, with one appointed by the Escambia County School Board and the other appointed by the commanding officer of NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field. It is the duty of the Planning Board to be currently informed and knowledgeable of the conditions and development in Escambia County and make recommendations relating to County growth management to the BCC. The Planning Board hears matters related to comprehensive planning, land development regulations, rezonings, planned units developments as well as amendments and interpretations to the Land Development Code.

Zoning Information, Zoning Inquiries & Land Use Verifications

Due to the various zoning districts in unincorporated Escambia County, the zoning of your property depends upon its location. To provide you accurate zoning information, planning staff need both your property reference number and your address. The property reference number is found on your property tax bill or receipt. With this 16-digit number in hand, we can locate your parcel or lot on our zoning maps and determine both your zoning and future land use (FLU) designations.

Optional Sector Plan

The optional sector planning process provides a way for a local government to look at a large geographic area (at least 5,000 acres) and develop a balanced plan with more predictable outcomes. This process was established as an alternative to the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process, pursuant to Section 163.3245 of the Florida Statutes. Optional sector plans, approved through comprehensive plan amendments, are initiated by the local government upon written agreement with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

Board of Adjustment

The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) established the BOA on December 1, 1988 by Ordinance 88-16. Per Section 2.03.01 of the Land Development Code (LDC) of Escambia County, the BOA is endowed by the BCC to conduct quasi-judicial hearings to grant, grant with conditions, or deny applications for the following processes: Administrative Appeal, Conditional Use, Site Plan Approval Extension, and Variance.


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