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All land use applications are submitted to the Planning & Zoning Division, and the Zoning Administrator shall examine, or cause to be examined, the application and any accompanying documents and shall establish by such examinations whether the proposed application described is in accordance with the requirements of the City of Venice Land Development Code and all applicable laws and ordinances.

The Technical Review Committee (TRC) is responsible for confirming technical compliance of all land use petitions submitted to the city. Issues considered by city staff include adequacy of public facilities, services and utilities and consistency with the city's comprehensive plan, zoning code and land development regulations. The TRC consists of multiple departments in the City of Venice.

Some petitions require a pre-application meeting with City staff. Please contact Planning and Zoning to discuss whether a proposed project will require a pre-application meeting.

  • Upon request, the Technical Review Committee (TRC) will also meet with potential or current applicants or agents. Every other Wednesday at 9 AM is allotted on the TRC staff members calendars, but all projects must be placed on a published agenda. Contact Christina Rimes in Planning & Zoning by noon on the Friday prior to the TRC meeting you wish to attend. The benefit of scheduling a meeting with the TRC is that each department is represented and gives general feedback on a proposed project. Current petitions are also encouraged to be placed on the agenda to discuss TRC review comments.

Some petitions may require a public workshop with notice given to the Registered Neighborhood Associations within the City and surrounding neighbors. See Section 86-41 of the Land Development Code for complete information about public workshop requirements.

If you need an application and a list of application fees email the Planning Coordinator, Christina Rimes, at the email listed on the left side of this webpage. Three (3) copies of all required documents are to be submitted for all initial submittal and any resubmittals.

After a petition is submitted it will be reviewed by the TRC. Once a petition is deemed technically compliant by the TRC, Planning staff will plan to schedule the public hearing before the Planning Commission at least 30 days out to allow for proper advertising, in accordance with Section 86-588, and preparation of the staff report. Planning Commission meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM in Council Chambers, City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285.

Site & Development Plans, Special Exceptions, and Variance petitions are required to have one public hearing before the Planning Commission. Preliminary Plats, Conditional Use, and Waiver petitions are required to have one public hearing before the Planning Commission and one public hearing before City Council. Annexations, Comprehensive Plan Amendments, and Zoning Map or Text Amendment petitions are required to have one public hearing before the Planning Commission and two public hearings before City Council. City Council meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 9:00 AM in Council Chambers, City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285. All meetings are subject to change. Please visit the Meetings page for a list of agendas and minutes for all city board meetings.