With 1,000 people a day moving to the sunshine state, the city of St. Petersburg is looking to add a substantial amount of affordable living dwellings throughout the city. They take the form of duplexes, triplexes, quads, and more recently, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) - an additional dwelling on the same lot that already has an existing home.
Certain St. Petersburg neighborhoods have seen an influx of ADUs (in many cases used as short term rentals) as they may be currently zoned for them. Snell Isle has not been zoned for ADUs in the past, but the St. Petersburg 2050 Plan proposes to include Snell Isle - and other Coastal High Hazard Areas - for more housing density in order to deliver on the promise of more affordable housing units. Neighborhoods already impacted with these housing density changes have noted that they are experiencing increased traffic in addition to parking issues. Snell Isle residents should also consider the change to impervious surface ratios (additional man-made hard surface areas) which would further impact stormwater run-off.
Snell Isle Property Owners Association (SIPOA) will be hosting an important meeting on Tuesday, May 17th beginning at 6:30 PM at the St. Pete Woman's Club, where Elizabeth Abernethy of the City’s Development Review Commission (DRC) and her colleague, Derek Kilborn, of the City’s Urban Planning and Historic Preservation Division will present to Snell Isle residents about proposed changes to our neighborhood.
Neighborhoods across the city each have their own character and identity and Snell Isle enjoys being the premier neighborhood in all of St. Petersburg and we want to keep it that way. Snell Isle is home to the historic Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, a premier golf course. Our tropical surroundings provide waterfront vistas for most residents with a large percentage of Snell’s homes enjoying waterfront property. It’s important that the proposed changes, and implications, be thought out thoroughly and the voice of the community be heard before such plans are approved.
We hope you'll join us at this very important meeting on May 17th to understand the potential impact to Snell Isle.