Little Gasparilla Island Community Plan
PD- The PD zoning district permits any residential, commercial, industrial or public land uses, provided the proposed development is shown to be consistent with the goals, objectives and policies of the Comprehensive Plan, and consistent with the future land use element and relevant standards and criteria contained in the County land development regulations.
Future land uses are defined in the Comprehensive Plan Objective 2.2. Policy 2.2.1 defines the Medium Density Residential Category as follows:
Figure 4. Little Gasparilla Island Future Land Use
“These lands are designated for urban residential uses. Medium Density Residential lands may be developed at a density from 5 dwelling units per acre to 10 dwelling units per acre. Uses on land designated as such include: single- family residential dwelling units, multi-family residential dwelling units, manufactured residential dwelling units, recreational facilities, sub-neighborhood commercial centers, and schools."
Therefore, both the zoning and future land use designations for Little Gasparilla Island allow for multi-family, medium density developments, including both residential and commercial units.
However, Little Gasparilla Island is located within the Bridgeless Barrier Island Overlay District (BBIOD) of Charlotte County (Figure 5). An overlay district is an additional zoning requirement placed on a geographic area that does not change the underlying zoning. Overlay districts have been used to impose development restrictions in specific locations in addition to standard zoning requirements. The District essentially restricts density and intensity of residential development mainly to reduce the potential for devastation caused by hurricanes.
Citizens of Little Gasparilla Island
LGI Advisory Committee