Cocoa Beach 520 Gateway Plan

SUMMARY:  The City of Cocoa Beach sought a cohesive vision for the commercial properties north of downtown Cocoa Beach. The resulting redevelopment plan, the Gateways Master Plan which was adopted by the City Commission in June 2014, is intended to spark desirable private development that will upgrade the city's primary tourism areas while retaining the character of Cocoa Beach. Spikowski Planning created implementation strategies to revise land development regulations and permit the desired form of future development. Dover, Kohl & Partners was the lead consultant, also assisted by Community Design Associates and EPR, PC.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW: In March 2016 the City Commission updated most of the city's land development code, including the zoning regulations. A final phase is underway to complete the update by creating new rules for the uptown area to carry out the recommendations of the Gateways Master Plan. This phase will also refine the rules for redevelopment in downtown Cocoa Beach. The new regulations will be presented graphically so that landowners and the general public can understand the intended types and sizes of buildings and streets. All redevelopment will be required to comply with the city's plans, vision, and codes for these areas. New uptown and downtown zoning districts will streamline today's conflicting zoning, land use map, overlays, and design standards. Additional standards will improve how commercial properties along A1A look and function.

WHAT'S NEXT:  The City of Cocoa Beach will host a second workshop about this final phase of the zoning code update in February or March 2017. This workshop will begin with a presentation by the city's consultants, Dover Kohl & Partners and Spikowski Planning Associates, summarizing a complete draft of the new code.


Executive Summary  (April 2014)

Report  (April 28, 2014)

Slides and Video of Charrette Presentation, January 24, 2014

Residents, Businesses Suggest Gateway Ideas   (Florida Today, January 29, 2014)