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Guide to Special Approval of Use Application and Process


  1. 1. Step One
  2. 2. Step Two
  3. 3. Step Three
  • Step One

    1. Special Approval of Use: Procedure Overview
      A special approval of use may be applied for when a property owner wants to develop or redevelop property for a use that requires a special approval of use according to the City of Temple Terrace Land Development Code. The special approval of use is reviewed and approved based on compliance with specific requirements regarding parking, landscaping, building placement, drainage, access management, etc. for the proposed use. A public hearing is required before the City Council, which makes the final decision. From filing to final decision, the process typically takes a minimum of three (3) months. The planner assigned to your petition will be your main contact person throughout the process.
    2. Step One
    3. The Property Owner/Applicant conducts a Pre-Application Conference with the Community Development Department staff to discuss the proposed project.
    4. Step Two
    5. Property Owner/Applicant submits Special Approval of Use Application and supporting information/documents. Community Development reviews submitted materials and prepares documents for Agency/Committee Reviews.
    6. Step Three
    7. Agency/Committee Review:
    8. • The Hillsborough County Community School Board (reviews and reports on the application for consistency with School Concurrency Regulations if applicable).
    9. • The Hillsborough County City County Planning Commission (reviews and reports on the application for consistency with City of Temple Terrace Comprehensive Plan).
    10. • The Development Review Committee (comprised of representatives from the various City departments that review and report on the application based on their specific duties and responsibilities).
    11. Step Four
    12. Public notice of the request will be done with a newspaper ad, posting of a sign, and a letter to property owners within 100 feet of the property 10 days prior to the public hearing.
    13. Step Five
    14. The planner assigned to your petition will prepare a staff report for the City Council and schedules a meeting date before City Council. The City Council makes the final decision, taking into consideration the staff reports, and the testimonies of the staff, the petitioner, and the public. The required public hearing will be scheduled during regular City Council meetings, which are held the first and third Tuesday of each month.