The Pasco County Commission has approved an agreement to pay HDR Engineering up to $205,000 during fiscal year 2021, for the company’s assistance on updating the county’s comprehensive plan.
Pasco adopted its original comprehensive plan in response to a state law passed in 1985.
Pasco’s first comprehensive plan took effect in 1991. It was last updated in 2006, with a 2025 horizon year.
The current plan has 50 goals, 216 policies and 917 objectives. Many of these are duplicated within several of the plan’s 12 elements.
The update is needed to streamline the plan, align it with market conditions, and to improve its responsiveness to current trends, according to materials in the board’s agenda packet.
The county estimates it will take up to five years for the comprehensive update, with each year having its work task order.
Updating the comprehensive plan is a substantial undertaking and will involve such activities as developing a project schedule, doing best practices research, developing an outreach and engagement plan, analyzing land use, researching development and demographics and completing myriad other planning activities.
The comprehensive plan is an important document because it sets the stage for the county’s future direction.
Published January 13, 2021