Regional Activity Center Rezoning

The City of Hollywood Planning and Development Board and Historic Preservation Board held a joint meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 to vote on zoning recommendations for Hollywood’s Regional Activity Center.

Beginning in November of 2014 City and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) staff began hosting a series of public meetings to explain the rezoning process and gather public input into the creation of new zoning regulations for the area in Hollywood designated as a Regional Activity Center. Staff has now completed the proposed zoning code changes incorporating the community feedback that was gathered through these meetings. These changes were presented at the joint board meeting for the boards to make their formal recommendation to the City Commission.
Agenda for Joint Meeting

What is a Regional Activity Center?



In order to attract the right kind of development, the right regulatory framework needs to be in place. The purpose of the Regional Activity Center (RAC) is to provide just that.

The Regional Activity Center is a high intensity, high density multi-use area designed as appropriate for growth by the local government or jurisdiction. RACs are intended to encourage attractive and functional mixed living, working, shopping, education, and recreational activities, in areas of regional importance.

The Regional Activity Center Land Use is intended to:
  • Encourage development or redevelopment of areas that are of regional significance;
  • Facilitate mixed-use development;
  • Encourage mass transit;
  • Reduce the need for automobile travel;
  • Create understandable regulations that promote quality development; and
  • Give definition to the urban form.

Where is the Regional Activity Center?



The Regional Activity Center is generally located East of I-95 and West of 17th Avenue. The visualization below provides additional boundary information.

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While the RAC provides the adequate land use framework for the vision, the existing Zoning does not. The existing Zoning has an array of issues, the majority of which are related to uses:
  • the limitation of uses
  • the adjacency of those uses
  • inadequate transitions between uses
  • majority of zoning categories do not encourage mixed-uses

Why is Hollywood considering a rezoning?



American cities are on the rebound. Demographic shifts, lifestyle preferences, and improved mobility options are a few of the key factors driving the desire for urban living. Recognizing the importance of the RAC designation, the City of Hollywood has commenced the rezoning process within its RAC to encourage attractive and functional redevelopment in this area of regional significance. Hollywood's RAC covers an area of over 1,450 acres that includes Downtown Hollywood and the key commercial and residential corridors of Federal Highway, Dixie Highway, and a portion of Hollywood Boulevard.

While the RAC provides the adequate land use framework for the vision, the existing Zoning does not. The existing Zoning has an array of issues, the majority of which are related to uses:
  • the limitation of uses
  • the adjacency of those uses
  • inadequate transitions between uses
  • majority of zoning categories do not encourage mixed-uses

Additionally, existing Zoning density allowances create false expectations for development. The allowed densities could not be achieved within the envelope of the current regulations. This was proven in the Downtown Master Plan, published in 2009.