Planning & Zoning

Mission Statement

  • Ensure requirements that are set forth in the Comprehensive Plan for the City are met pursuant to the goals, objectives, and policies set forth in the Comprehensive Future Land Use Element adopted March 19, 1991 and amended December 19, 2017.
  • Ensure future development in the City shall be guided by the availability of and the efficient use of public facilities and services as well as site characteristics such as soil conditions and topography.
  • Make certain that all new development is consistent with the Future Land Use Element.
  • Protect natural and historic resources.
  • Promote healthy economic growth.
  • Ensure the availability of suitable land for public facilities to support proposed development.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Assist residents with questions on the use of land on issues such as zoning, land use, floodplain status, and the development approval process.
  • Process Future Land Use Comprehensive Plan Map Amendments to comply with applicable state regulations.
  • Review site plans and improvement plans for consistency with adopted City codes.
  • Amend land development regulations for current issues and consistency with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Process Rezoning Petitions, Special Exception Petitions and Variance Applications.

Planning Information


Forms


Helpful Links


Printable forms, applications and information:

When the cost for advertising, publishing and mailing notices of public hearings exceeds the established fee, or when a professional consultant is hired to advise the city on the application, the applicant shall pay the actual costs.


Contact Information

Patty Burnette
General Services Coordinator
pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com   
(863) 763-9820

Jackie Dunham
Administrative Secretary
jdunham@cityofokeechobee.com
(863) 763-9821

Marcos Montes De Oca
City Administrator
marcos@cityofokeechobee.com
(863) 763-9812

LaRue Planning & Management Services, Inc.
City Planner
1375 Jackson Street, Ste. 206
Ft. Myers, FL 33901-2845


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I verify the Future Land Use and /or Zoning of my property?

You can find the Future Land Use and/or Zoning of your property by either calling the Planning and Zoning Department and requesting the information or you can access the City’s website at www.cityofokeechobee.com and view the City’s Future Land Use and Zoning Maps. When calling you will need either the property’s address or Parcel ID number.


What can I do in my zoning district?

Information of all permitted and special exception uses is available online by accessing the City’s website at www.cityofokeechobee.com and view Code of Ordinances and LDR’s or by calling the Planning and Zoning Department, 863-763-9820.


Where can I find information on the setbacks, maximum lot coverage, and maximum height of structures?

These development criteria depend upon the zoning district. The zoning district can be found by following the steps outlined above in Question 1. Then these requirements will be located under the Lot and Structure Requirements for that zoning district.


Where can I find a copy of the zoning code?

The City of Okeechobee Code of Ordinances & LDR’s is located in Part II, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 90, Zoning.


Can I split (subdivide) my land?

Whether or not a property is eligible for subdivision requires the analysis of several factors, including the zoning district, road frontage, total acreage, as well as a number of other items. Please call the Planning and Zoning Department 863-763-9820 to obtain additional information.


I am considering rezoning, or changing the future land use of my property. What do I need to do?

Prior to filling out and submitting forms, it is recommended that you consult with the Planning and Zoning Department and schedule a meeting.


I received a Notice of Public Hearing in the mail. What does this mean?

A courtesy notice is sent out to surrounding property owners within a 300-foot radius of a property that has applied to be rezoned, for a special exception, for a variance or for an abandonment of a right of way. A summary description of the proposed application/petition can be found within the body of the notification. A public hearing date for the proposed change is included in your notification. You are invited to attend the hearing to oppose or support the proposed change. Your attendance is optional, but this is the most effective way to voice your opposition or support to the hearing body. Once filed, all application/petition information is public record and may be viewed by the public subject to public record laws.


Where can I find application online? Can they also be downloaded and turned in online?

All applications are in PDF form and are available for download on the Planning and Zoning forms page. At the present time, all applications must be turned in by hand or mailed to:

By hand: City Hall, General Services Department, Room 101

By mail:
City of Okeechobee
General Services Department
55 SE 3rd Avenue, Room 101
Okeechobee, FL 34974


How do I register a complaint about a troublesome neighbor or nuisance property in my neighborhood?

Property complaints and issues are handled through the City of Okeechobee’s Code Enforcement Department: (863-763-9795).