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The Planning and Zoning Department guides growth and development by initiating current and long-range planning activities. These activities are performed through implementation of the Land Development Code, review and management of new development projects, the coordination and development of sector area plans, and the city’s comprehensive plan.  The department presents recommendations ensuring growth and change is consistent with the land development ordinance and the comprehensive plan. Planning and Zoning staff members work in partnership with citizen boards, commissions, community groups and City Council to balance the needs of residents, business owners, and visitors.

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The City of Venice Planning & Zoning Staff

Application Descriptions
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Administrative Appeal Application
An Administrative Appeal allows an applicant to petition Planning Commission for review of an order, requirement, decision or determination of the Zoning Administrator.  Planning Commission is the final review authority for variance petitions.

Annexation Application
Annexation of property is the enlargement of city boundaries by a parcel(s) of land contiguous to the City’s boundary.  Annexations over one acre are administered through the Planning & Zoning Department.  Planning Commission provides an advisory recommendation to the Venice City Council, which has final review authority.

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application
Most comprehensive plan amendments initiated by applicants relate to the future land use designation of properties.  Per State Statute, a small scale plan amendment encompasses property ten acres or less and large scale plan amendments are larger than ten acres.  Planning Commission provides an advisory recommendation to the Venice City Council.  City Council has final review authority as well as the Florida Department of Community Affairs.

Rezoning Application
The establishment of zoning districts in the Land Development Code, such as residential, commercial, office and industrial districts, provide regulations regarding permitted, conditionally permitted, or prohibited land uses and development standards for structures and land, dependent upon its location within the City.  Designated zoning districts are shown on the City's Zoning Map.  Planning Commission provides an advisory recommendation to the Venice City Council, which has final review authority.

Concurrency Determination Application
The purpose of concurrency management is to provide the necessary regulations for the evaluation of development orders to ensure that adequate public facilities and services are available concurrent with the impacts of development.

Conditional Use Application
A conditional use provides for building height allowances that exceed a build by right height threshold within certain zoning districts. Planning Commission provides an advisory recommendation to the Venice City Council, which has final review authority.

Preliminary Plat Application
A preliminary plat is the preliminary map or delineated representation indicating the proposed layout of a subdivision that is submitted for the Planning Commission's consideration.  Planning Commission provides an advisory recommendation to the Venice City Council, which has final review authority.

Preliminary Plat Amendment
A preliminary plat amendment is a change or modification to an already approved preliminary plat. 

Special Exception Application
A special exception is a use that would not be appropriate generally or without restriction throughout a zoning district.  Planning Commission is the final review authority for special exception petitions.

Site and Development Plan Application
Site and Development plan approval by the Planning Commission is required prior to the issuance of a building permit.  A site and development plan is typically required for non-residential projects greater than one acre in size and all multi-family developments.  Please see the site and development plan checklist for a list of information required at the time of submittal.  Planning Commission is the final review authority for site and development plans.

Site Plan Amendment Application
You may amend your approved site and development plan by filing for a site plan amendment.  Depending on the extent of review necessary, Planning Commission review may, or may not, be required.

Temporary Use Application
Certain uses are temporary in character such as grand openings, portable storage, tent structures or certain special events.  These uses vary in type and intensity, as well as length of time involved.  Temporary uses are granted for a specific time period after review of all elements of the proposed use.

Text Amendment Application
The regulations, restrictions, procedures, official zoning atlas, schedule of district regulations and other materials set out in the Land Development Code may be amended, supplemented, changed or repealed.  Planning Commission provides an advisory recommendation to the Venice City Council, which has final review authority.

Variance Application
A variance is a relaxation of the terms of the Land Development Code.  Petitioners are required to provide justification for the proposed variance and certain conditions must be met.  Planning Commission is the final review authority for variance petitions.

Special Event Application
A special event is any use of a public facility (park, gazebo, street right-of-way) by a group which would limit the normal access and use of such facility by the general public.  Some special events, depending on the size and nature of the event, may require City Council review/approval.