LEALMAN — Residents of the Lealman community can help shape the future design by providing input about a new redevelopment code to Pinellas County Staff at the Lealman Exchange this month.
The new code focuses on the relationships among buildings, sidewalks and streets, and promotes walkability.
The Lealman Redevelopment Area is scheduled to be the first in the county to get the Form-Based Code, a customized code designed to look at the overall goals of a neighborhood. The county is asking residents for their involvement before implementing the new code.
Staff will display information that explains how Fore-Based Code will differ from the existing Land Development Code, as well show designated districts and what development could look like under the new code.
Through May 31, residents can view the display boards at any time during normal business hours at Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th Street N., St. Petersburg. Additionally, a Pinellas County planner will be available on-site to answer questions and receive feedback from residents at the following times:
• Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
• Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
• Monday, May 20, 9 a.m.–noon.
Compared to the previous Land Development Code, Form-Based Code puts less emphasis on a building’s use and more on its form and placement, location of parking, treatment of public/private spaces and other aspects. Overall, the code is a more proactive plan and its implementation aims to save time and money for future development or redevelopment.