|Pasco County, Florida — Pasco County will hold a public reception for all interested citizens on Monday, October 7, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Hampton Inn in Wesley Chapel to welcome a panel from the Urban Land Institute that will spend the week evaluating changes implemented from the 2008 ULI Panel report and looking at “What’s Next?” for Pasco County.
After a week of interviews with local business and community leaders, developers, and County staff, the ULI Panel will hold a public presentation of its findings and recommendations on Friday, October 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the West Pasco Government Center, Commissioner’s Board Room, 8731 Citizen’s Drive, New Port Richey.
In advance of the Panel’s arrival, Pasco County and Pasco Economic Development Council worked together to develop a Briefing Book filled with background information. The Briefing Book contains demographic, land use, economic, and other data that provide a baseline on Pasco County.
The intent of the ULI Panel engagement is to assess progress, celebrate successes, and look to the future for the next steps to become Florida’s Premier County for economic development and quality job creation.
The public is invited to attend the reception and the briefing. For more information about the 2013 ULI Panel, visit http://www.pascocountyfl.net/Index.aspx?NID=260.
From 2000 to 2006, Pasco County experienced unprecedented high levels of growth, primarily in the residential sector. Since then, growth has stagnated, unemployment has climbed above state averages, and the property tax base has eroded by nearly $9 Billion (25%). In 2008, Pasco County recognized the changing conditions of the economy and the need to increase employment in the County to provide a balanced long term mix of uses, a healthier tax base, and a more efficient transportation system.
Pasco County and Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC) jointly funded the Advisory Services Panel from the Urban Land Institute to help identify the concerns the county faced from the recent period of high growth. The Panel was also asked to suggest alternative organizational structures and processes that would make the development process more efficient. Two broad themes for Pasco County came from the panel’s deliberations: 1) economic development and smart land use; and 2) county organization. The success and execution of economic development and land use were dependent on the implementation of a county organizational development process.
The panel issued a full report with a comprehensive set of recommendations including the creation of market areas, each with their own vision, mission and strategies, and the improvement of the County government organizational structure, codes and standards, decision processes, and customer service. The Panel also recommended transforming the development services branch into one that focused on long-term strategic decisions, not just short-term decisions. The Panel also recognized that a new consolidated and well-organized development code needed to be created as a guide for all new development and redevelopment activity in the County.
About the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panel
Since 1947, over 600 Advisory Services teams have helped find creative, practical solutions for some of the most challenging issues facing today’s urban, suburban, and rural communities. Communities around the world have asked ULI to convene Advisory Services panels to: obtain timely, candid, and unbiased input from expert land use professionals; kick-start critical conversations and move beyond deadlock; and gain fresh insights and discover innovative solutions to the most complex real estate development challenges. For more information, visit the Urban Land Institute online at www.uli.org