Building a better tomorrow, starting today
Enhance the City’s position as the business, financial and cultural heart of West Pasco County, by ensuring the safe conditions of existing buildings, making sure new developments are aesthetically pleasing, functionally relevant, and enhancing the residential and commercial core of the city.
The Development Department coordinates the approval processes for building, planning, zoning, and redevelopment activities in the city. The department ensures that existing properties and newly constructed buildings meet all applicable codes and regulations. It also provides comprehensive planning services and zoning information.
Refer to each of these web pages for more information:
Long Range Planning
Comprehensive planning takes a long view to envision places where people will live, work, and play in the city over the next 10 years and beyond. The City of New Port Richey’s Comprehensive Plan anticipates community change affecting the availability of public services and infrastructure, and provides policy direction for decisions about growth and development and preserving special places
Scheduling Pre-Application Meetings with DRC
The City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Redevelopment Plan provides a framework for projects and activities intended to revitalize and improve conditions within the New Port Richey Community Redevelopment Area. The plan outlines redevelopment strategies and provides a description of the various projects and programs that are being implemented within the area.
The City’s first CRA Redevelopment Plan was adopted by the CRA Board (City Council) in 1989. Updates to the plan were adopted in 2001, 2012 and 2018.
Florida’s Community Redevelopment Act outlines the required steps for establishing a community redevelopment area and creating/updating a redevelopment plan.
The City participates in long range transportation planning in conjunction with the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The MPO is responsible for countywide transportation planning and in doing so engages local governments and citizens in the planning and decision making processes. A member of the City Council represents the City on MPO Board. The Development Department Director is a member of the MPO Technical Advisory Committee. The MPO Citizens Advisory Committee is an opportunity for city residents to provide input on transportation plans and projects.
The City of New Port Richey Comprehensive Plan is an official document adopted by City Council that guides decision making on the physical, economic, and social aspects of the community. The plan contains goals, objectives, and policies–including the Future Land Use Map and Future Transportation Map – that serve as the City’s 10-year blueprint for growth and development.
Florida’s Community Planning Act requires that all local governments adopt a Comprehensive Plan, in part to ensure that necessary infrastructure will be in place to serve current and future residents. This concept, known as concurrency, is based on adopted level of service standards for certain public facilities and services, such as roads, parks, and drinking water supply systems.
Community involvement is integral to developing the Comprehensive Plan, which is updated every seven years following an evaluation and appraisal process. The City engages the community in process to determine if the plan continues to:
- Accurately reflect current and anticipated conditions
- Embody the community vision for the city
- Address public infrastructure needs
- Comply with applicable state laws
- Be consistent with state and regional policy plans
The City of New Port Richey 2020 Comprehensive Plan includes several chapters (known as “elements”):
* Introduction to Comprehensive Plan and Appendices
* Capital Improvements Element
* Coastal Management Element
* Conservation Element
* Future Land Use Element
* Housing Element
* Infrastructure Element
* Intergovernmental Coordination Element
* Livable Cities Element, Part 1 of 4
* Livable Cities Element, Part 2 of 4
* Livable Cities Element, Part 3 of 4
* Livable Cities Element, Part 4 of 4
* Recreation/Open Space Element
* Public Schools Facilities Element
* Transportation Element
* Water Supply Facilities Work Plan
Scheduling Pre-Application Meetings with DRC
The City's Development Review Committee (DRC) provide an informal pre-application meeting where potential projects can be presented and reviewed by staff from various departments involved in the development review and permitting processes (Development, Engineering, Fire, Police, and Public Works). The committee will review both conceptual and detailed plans and will provide feedback and guidance based on the materials presented at the meeting.
The DRC meets each Thursday, starting at 10:30 am with customers. Meetings are held in the Development Department located on the first floor of City Hall, 5919 Main Street.
If you are thinking of bringing a new development project to New Port Richey, the Development Department strongly encourages you to meet with us before you begin any project design work. Whether you are the developer, land planner, or the property owner, the Development Department will arrange a meeting with members of various City departments to discuss your potential project and conceptual site plans early in the design process.
To schedule an appointment with the DRC, please contact the Development Department
Zoning Information Available through Development Department
The Development Department is your source for information about zoning on all parcels within the City limits. Below is a link to our zoning map. This map does change, so please call for the latest information. The zoning information on the Pasco County Property Appraiser website may be inaccurate
We are Hungry for Your Feedback
Tell us what you think about our service by emailing your comments to The Development Department Director Brad Cornelius corneliusB@cityofnewportrichey.org. We're constantly working to improve the customer service experience. Please take a few moments to let us know your thoughts
Fold Your Plans Like a Pro!
Why does the Development Department ask that you fold your development plans this way? A properly folded plan 1) makes the title block visible without having to open the entire sheet, 2) is easier to open and close, and 3) fits in standard size file folder. Take a look at this video and see how you can "fold like a pro".