Tampa, Fla. (December 9, 2013) – Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that the Phase 1 of the Accela implementation, which includes 29 of the City’s Land Development processes, has gone live and is available to the public beginning today, December 9, 2013.
To access the Accela Citizen Access portal, please visit aca.tampagov.net.
“Tampa must be known as a place that is open for business, and that is why I focus both on attracting new business and helping our existing business community,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “For the City of Tampa, we can reduce our paperwork internally and improve our response time; for the property owner or developer, moving these processes online will allow them to engage with us on their schedule without the time-consuming, costly trips to our offices.”
Residents wanting to apply for a rezoning, change of property’s address, or design exceptions among other Land Development processes will be able to complete applications online, check on the status of those applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and make payments.
All records will also be available for the public to access, allowing anyone to review and search for information through the Accela Citizen Access portal.
The remaining functionality, including online permitting, will be implemented by June 2014.
Revising the licensing, zoning, and permitting processes were a focus of the Mayor’s Economic Competitiveness Committee, a task force of community leaders with the mission of reviewing and streamlining government processes and regulations.
Wal-mart will be presenting at the East Tampa CRA meeting on Tuesday, December 10th at Ragan Park, 1200 E Lake Ave. the purpose of this presentation will be to discuss the future store on Hillsborough Ave between 15th St and 19th St. If you want to be heard this is your chance! We will be asking them to make changes to the facade of the building to conform to the historic look and feel of Seminole Heights and we will be discussing concerns about the proposed exit at Mohawk and 15th.
Until Monday, Enjoy your weekend!
Emailed from a neighbor:
I need to replace my 15+ year old central AC and have gotten a couple quotes that seem completely outrageous ($7000 – $9000 for a 3 ton mid-range system, reusing most of the existing ducts and replacing a couple.) I’m hoping folks in the neighborhood might be able to help me out in figuring out if these are realistic quotes for these old houses, and if not, I’d love some suggestions on who to call for another quote. I’ve seen others (albeit in newer homes) getting quotes for mid-range 5 ton systems for around $5000, so this feels like someone is trying to take me for a ride…
Emailed from a neighbor.
Would you please post info on this on your blog?
SESHCA & OSHNA Holiday Social
Hosted by SESHCA & OSHNA
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Need a tree for the Holidays ? Shop Local ! Seminole Heights United Methodist ~All proceeds will benefit projects with our neighborhood schools. ..and they had a Christmas Tree Lighting and carols♪last Sunday night(1Dec)~♪♫•.♫♪ ~
?Any other Greater Seminole Heights tree sales that are raising for a good cause?
From Yvonne Capin – Tampa City Council
The ordinance in regard to my below motion will be coming before City Council for first reading on Thursday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m.
I encourage you to attend the meeting and provide your input.
Additionally, below is a link to a recent Tampa Tribune Editorial expressing their thoughts on this subject.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
“That the Legal Department be requested to appear before Council on December 5, 2013, under Staff Reports and provide a report and draft ordinance regarding an amendment to Chapter 6, Business Regulations, of the City Code regarding regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages on premise establishments only; further, that the Legal Department be requested to: a) change the hours of operation to midnight instead of 3:00 a.m., but include the addition of a business permit for extended or flex hours to 3:00 a.m.; b) require all future businesses to comply with the new code; and c) require all existing businesses with no listed hours on the site plan to comply with the new provision; further, that the Legal Department be requested to prepare a matrix of the proposed change that: a) outlines the effects, remedies and sanctions of the change; b) contains a flow chart outlining how to apply for a permit; and c) outlines the consequences of a violation.” Motion carried with Miranda being absent.
Please join us for the hearing to encourage City Council to approve the Center City Plan:
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at 10 a.m.
City Hall, 3rd Floor
315 East Kennedy Boulevard Tampa FL, 33602
If you’re unable to make the hearing, please write to City Council and tell them to approve the Center City Plan.
What is The Tampa Center City Plan?
The Tampa Center City Plan is a master plan creating a vision of the 21st Century City Center of Tampa, that recognizes that its future as a vibrant, livable, and sustainable community depends upon connecting its people, redefining its places, and igniting progress. The scope of the plan is ambitious, spanning from downtown to Ybor City on the east, Armenia Avenue on the west, and north along historic Nebraska Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue.
Working closely with Mayor Buckhorn, the planning team and experts and scholars with worldwide experience and insight have walked, talked, photographed, mapped and — most importantly — listened to the community about the nuances of their neighborhoods as well as the things that matter to them and their families now and in the future. With the perspective of Tampa’s people and places, the plan that emerged is a very actionable agenda for economic progress, one that links market opportunities with supportive policies and a critical mass of both grassroots and grass tops advocates, charting a path that will catalyze prosperity and a high quality of life for all of Tampa and Hillsborough County.
How is the Plan Organized?
The plan is a vision for change over time. It allows agility to meet evolving market and demographic conditions while ensuring that incremental moves occur within a larger framework and are aligned with a future vision of the Center City that was developed by the community. This framework is made up of a SINGLE VISION, supported by FIVE BUILDING BLOCKS, and implemented initially through TEN FORWARD MOVES.
The VISION describes the Center City of the future. It is aspirational and broad, setting a course for the future. The BUILDING BLOCKS, which describe the future goals for the Center City in broad principles, are based on five key focus areas. They are intended to describe a direction and key outcomes for each focus area. Their consistent application is key to reaching the vision. The FORWARD MOVES outline key initial actions for the City and community to take to move toward the vision. They have been created through thoughtful consultation with stakeholders, but represent only one of potentially many solutions consistent with the Vision and Building Blocks. The plans and imagery shown with the FORWARD MOVES are intended to be indicative of the character and intent of the recommended actions.