Regional Activity Center Rezoning

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 Hollywood rezoned the RAC

 
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.

Public Outreach



In preparation for final adoption of the updated RAC rezoning, the City solicited feedback on the proposed policies from a broad constituency of impacted stakeholders that included residents, businesses, developers, architects, and industry organizations.
 
VIDEO: Joint Historic Preservation and Planning & Development Board Meeting, July 19, 2016
VIDEO: North Central Hollywood Civic Association Community Meeting, September 6, 2016

Below are links to the Planning staff presentation on July 19, 2016. Included in this presentation is the project background, a summary of proposed regulations, diagrams, area maps, and a list of parcels included in the proposed RAC rezoning plans. The files are very large so please allow for a period of
time to open.


Staff Presentation PART ONE July 19, 2016 (PDF)
Staff Presentation PART TWO July 19, 2016 (PDF)
Event Date/Time Location
Highland Gardens Civic
Association Meeting
November 19, 2014 McNicol Community Center
1411 South 28th Avenue
North Central Civic
Association Meeting
January 27, 2015 Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center
2030 Polk Street
Hollywood Lakes Civic
Association Meeting
February 15, 2015 Hollywood Beach Culture & Community Center
1301 South Ocean Drive
United Neighbors Civic
Association Meeting
February 19, 2015 McNicol Community Center
1411 South 28th Avenue
Real Estate Industry
Workshop
August 19, 2015 2:00-6:00 PM Hollywood Shuffleboard Center
309 North 21st Avenue
Community At-Large
Workshop
August 24, 2015 6:00-8:00 PM Commission Chambers
City Hall, Room 219
2600 Hollywood Boulevard
Joint Planning & Development
Board and Historic
Preservation Board
July 19, 2016 Commission Chambers
City Hall, Room 219
2600 Hollywood Boulevard
City Commission
First Reading
September 21, 2016 Commission Chambers
City Hall, Room 219
2600 Hollywood Boulevard
City Commission
Second Reading
October 19, 2016 Commission Chambers
City Hall, Room 219
2600 Hollywood Boulevard