Planning & Zoning

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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

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).

Repetitive Loss

Properties that have had two or more claims of more than $1,000 paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) within any 10-year period since 1978 are considered Repetitive Loss Properties. Although some of these properties have had mitigation measures applied to them, most remain at risk of flooding.

Local Mitigation Strategy

Escambia County Local Mitigation Strategy

In 1998, Escambia County, the City of Pensacola, the Town of Century, and the Santa Rosa Island Authority were provided a federal grant through the (then) Florida Department of Community Affairs to develop a Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS). This was a State of Florida initiative implemented to help reduce the spiraling costs of disasters. The LMS identifies specific hazards, man-made, natural, and technological, that could negatively impact our community, and created a strategy to try and mitigate our community against those disasters.


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