Pasco County Commission Approves Moratorium, Other Changes

Posted By: Eric Garduño Advocacy News , Industry News ,
Moratorium Period Set for Six Months;
Multi-family Limited Under C-2 Zoned Area

On May 4, 2021, the Pasco Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted unanimously to approve two ordinances intended to limit multifamily development in the County.

The first ordinance establishes a six-month moratorium “on the submission and acceptance of applications for conditional uses, rezonings, and comprehensive plan amendments proposing to increase multi-family entitlements” within a designated are of the County roughly bordered by State Road 52, US 41, State Road 54, and Bruce B. Downs (see map below).  The stated objective of the ordinance is to provide County staff time to research and gather data that the Board of County Commissioners will use “to accurately calculate and determine the true potential for the over saturation of multi-family dwelling units within the moratorium area.”  The ordinance further excludes duplexes, townhomes, and the like from the scope of multi-family as used in the ordinance, so the focus will primarily be on apartment buildings. County staff are directed to gather the following information:

  • the current quantity of multi-family dwelling unit and entitlements
  • the current acreage of land zoned for multi-family dwelling unit uses, including that acreage having the potential for multi-family dwelling units upon approval of a conditional use
  • the potential number of multi-family dwelling units available through existing land use equivalency matrices
  • the vacancy rates of multi-family dwelling units in the moratorium area

The second ordinance amends the land development code to remove single use multifamily from conditional uses within the C-2 General Commercial district and is a permanent change that applies County wide. Multi-family may continue to be a condition use under C-2 if the project complies with one or more of the following circumstances: 

  • Affordable Housing as defined in Section 420.0004 of Florida Statutes;
  • Vertically integrated mixed use (ground floor commercial, office, or other non-residential use); or
  • Located within the West Market Area as defined in the Comprehensive Plan.

If you are impacted by these ordinances and/or if you would like to be part of the advocacy efforts related to these matters, please contact Government Affairs Director Eric Garduno at

Moratorium Map