City of Largo, Florida

City of Largo, Florida
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Planning Board

Planning Board

The Planning Board devises and submits plans for the improvement of Largo through growth, development, infrastructure, and utility planning. The Board also advises the City on regulation and restriction of building uses, regulation of building design and construction, administration of special districts within the City, regulation of dangerous or offensive trades within the City and general planning to enhance the beauty and attractiveness of Largo as a city to residents, visitors and business owners.


Seven, appointed by the Mayor and Commission


Four years to run concurrently with the term of the Mayor or Commissioner who appointed the member


First Thursday of each month at 6pm


Community Development Director, (727)586-6749

Quasi-judicial cases require review and determination by the Planning Board at a public hearing. These cases include, but are not limited to:

  •  Conditional use requests
  • Hardship relief requests, and
  • Appeals of administrative decisions

Intervening Party Status

What is it? City staff, the applicant and intervening parties may present testimony relevant to the proposal at the public hearing. Intervening party status entitles a person to personally testify, present evidence, present argument, present fact and expert witnesses, cross-examine witnesses, appeal the decision and speak on reconsideration requests. Anyone requesting intervening party status is required to be sworn in prior to providing testimony.

How is this different than public comment? Members of the general public are invited to provide comment during the appropriate part of the hearing. Individuals providing public comment are limited to three minutes of speaking. These individuals are not required to be sworn in and are not limited in terms of what is included in their comments. However, they are not allowed to cross-examine staff and/or applicants nor are they allowed to appeal the decision of the Planning Board.

How is intervening party status obtained? Persons who desire to make presentations as an intervening party must register with the city clerk or board secretary on the forms provided immediately prior to the commencement of the meeting at which such item is to be heard. Intervening party status may be applied, but is not limited to, all property owners within five hundred (500) feet radius of the boundaries of subject property as listed in the records of the Pinellas County Property Appraiser, or all individuals who reside in or operate a business within five hundred (500) feet of the subject property.

 How should I prepare for the hearing? Testimony by an intervening party shall be directed to whether the proposal does or does not meet appropriate criteria and standards contained in the Comprehensive Development Code as well as modifications necessary for approval.

 View more information concerning conditional use requests. View more information concerning hardship relief requests or appeals (see page 6504).


 Order and time allotments - The order of appearance and total time allotments shall be as follows; however if good cause is shown, the chair may grant additional time above what is stated below:

  • Presentation by staff – 10 minutes;
  • Presentation by applicant – 10 minutes;
  • Presentation by intervening parties – 10 minutes;
  • Public comment;
  • Staff, amended recommendations, if any – 3 minutes;
  • Closing argument of intervening parties – 3 minutes;
  • Applicant; rebuttal and closing argument – 3 minutes.

What to Expect During the Hearing

  •  The city clerk or board secretary shall describe the application, identify the applicant and other persons to the proceedings, and announce the order of presentation.
  •  The board shall consider and grant any requests for intervening party status.
  •  Disclosure of ex parte communications received by City Commissioners or board members, if any, which shall be made a part of the record.
  •  The city clerk or board secretary shall swear in City staff, the applicant, intervening parties, and witnesses.
  •  The applicant, city staff and intervening parties shall present testimony and documentation to the City Commission or Planning Board.
  •  At the conclusion of the quasi-judicial public hearing, the Planning Board shall recommend approval, approval with conditions, or deny the application.

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Assistant Community Development Director:
Robert Klute

201 Highland Ave
Largo, FL 33770
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