Proposed Overlay District Code (Revision dated 4/22/23)
Sec. 27-244. – Tampa Heights District Design Standards.
(a) Area description and boundaries.
The Tampa Heights area outside the Historic District contains a significant number of historic homes dating between 1890 and 1930. The boundaries of existing Historic Districts contain the highest concentration of historic structures. To protect the integrity of the neighborhoods surrounding the Tampa Heights National and Historic Districts, the following standards have been established and shall apply to existing buildings within the Tampa Heights neighborhood area, outside of the Local and National Historical Districts established in September 7, 2000 and August 4, 1995 respectively, generally located north and west of Interstate 275, east of North Boulevard, and south of State Road 574 (also known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard). Blake High School and the Tampa Heights Riverfront CRA district shall be excluded.
(b) Purpose and intent. TBD
(c) Compliance. Each application for new construction or major renovation, as defined in Chapter 27, City of Tampa Code of Ordinances, and/or any development undergoing a change of use/increase of intensity review, shall comply with all applicable overlay district and underlying zoning district standards and, if applicable, those specific standards outlined in the city council approved site plan. In cases of conflict, the more restrictive standard(s) shall apply. These are the minimum requirements that must be met in order to obtain design approval.
(d) Residential properties.
1. Lot of record established. Any nonresidential lot of record, as defined by this Code, existing as of January 1, 2004 and located within the boundaries of the West Tampa Overlay District, shall be deemed to be conforming and may be developed for any use permitted in the underlying zoning district.
2. Submission requirements. TBD
3. Site and building standards.
i. Fencing. Opaque fencing over 3’ shall not be permitted to face the property frontage, even if located outside the setback. AN exception shall exist for side yard fencing that has a 90 degree return to the side of a structure. The erection of chain link fencing is prohibited except during construction. Such construction fencing shall be removed prior to obtaining any certificate of occupancy. New installation and replacement of chain link fencing shall be prohibited.
ii. Orientation. The building front doors of all new principal structures shall be oriented towards the front yard of the zoning lot or facing the nearest street, if a corner lot.
Roof pitch. Minimum roof pitch for new residential structures shall be a minimum for porches of 4:12 or houses 6:12 (Ratio of Rise to Run). Roofs shall be gabled or flat, not mono-pitched. Flat roofs with parapet walls shall be permitted when precedent on the subject and immediately adjacent blocks is set by an historic structure. Roof pitches for additions to principal structures shall match the pitch of the existing roof.
iii. Alley Access. If an existing lot is adjacent to an open and used public alley, vehicular access to the site may be provided from the alley as the primary vehicular access point provided it meets minimum standards referenced in 27-283.12, Off-street parking space standards. Vehicle access and flow shall be designed to have minimal impact on pedestrian circulation. .
iv. Parking. For single-family detached, semi-attached, or attached dwellings:
The vehicular entrance to an enclosed garage must be setback a minimum eight (8) feet or greater from the front façade of the building, or accessible from the rear alley, or accessible from the side yard. Exceptions shall be permitted for side load garages located at the front of the primary structure.
Garage entrances may not be front facing unless part of a set-back design.
Garages shall not be required to be a part of the primary structure. Garages in accessory structures shall be permitted by right.
For single family semi-attached or attached dwellings, if vehicular access is provided solely from the alley, and no driveways intersect the curb, they shall be allowed to use on street spaces to count as guest parking. Thereby being relieved of minimum requirements for off street guest parking.
vi. Residential Access & Driveway Safety Minimum Criteria: To maintain safety within the right of way, minimize conflict points between vehicles and pedestrians, reduce driveway proliferation, and preserve the integrity of the curbside, all new driveways on non-functionally classified streets shall comply with the requirements of this section.
1. General requirements for all residential properties:
a) All new driveways for zoning lots less than 70' in width shall orient all new vehicular access through an adjacent improved alley.
b) Parcels that do not abut an alley or that abut an alley that is not navigable may improve the alley to City standards, or provide access pursuant to Table XX below.
c) Existing driveways not subject to this criteria. Modification of existing driveways are subject to this criteria at the determination of the Zoning Administrator
Table XX: Residential Access & Driveway Safety Requirements
Maximum Driveway Width for New Driveways**
Minimum Driveway Spacing***
70’ or more
Less than 50’
*For the purpose of this section, the term driveway is to be interpreted as the portion of the traveled way within the right-of-way that connects the edge of the street to the parking area on the private property.
**Minimum width criteria measured as the narrowest width of the driveway between the edge of the roadway (not including tapers) and the right of way line.
***Measured from edge of driveway (including flare/taper) to the nearest adjacent curb cut. A reduction in the minimum driveway spacing may be requested via design exception.
vii. Accessory structures. Accessory dwelling units shall be permitted by right in all Residential Single Family Districts.
viii. Front Porches. If a front porch is constructed, the porch shall be permitted to encroach into the setback up to ten (10) feet. This shall be permitted for multiple floors so long as the ground floor porch is included.
(e) Commercial and Mixed Use Properties
Lot of record established. Any nonresidential lot of record, as defined by this Code, existing as of January 1, 2004 and located within the boundaries of the West Tampa Overlay District, shall be deemed to be conforming and may be developed for any use permitted in the underlying zoning district.
Site and building standards.
If on-street parking is available, or is created by the development proposal, each development may reduce the total number of off-street parking spaces by the number of on-street spaces found on each frontage of the development site.
For lots fronting Franklin Street, any site with less than 20,000 square feet is exempt from minimum off-street parking, or,
Any pre-WWII building, required off-street parking may be reduced by 50%.
Parking Ratios (number of off-street spaces required per unit):
Non-residential: 1 space per 5,000 square feet
Bicycle Parking Requirements.
1 for every 5 lodging units
1 per Dwelling Unit
1 per 3,000 sf of gross commercial usage