Project Contacts

Marisa M. Barmby
Senior Planner, CFRPC
863-534-7130 ext 110
mbarmby@cfrpc.org

Jennifer Codo-Salisbury
Planning Director, CFRPC
863-534-7130 ext 178
jcodosalisbury@cfrpc.org

Welcome to Zolfo Spring Visioning’s Website!

The Draft Vision Plan is now available for your review!

Project description

The Town of Zolfo Springs is working with the community to develop a Vision Plan for the Town’s Downtown Area as the Town works to provide a unified direction in achieving the community’s economic and livable community goals for the Town’s future.

Zolfo Springs Welcome Sign

Background

Zolfo Springs, recognized as a Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC), is located in southern Hardee County along the US 17 corridor and is a community of approximately 1,827 residents. US 17 bisects the Town. Major industries in the area are agriculture and phosphate mining.

In 2015, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is scheduled to begin an expansion of US 17 by creating a Town bypass route and a business district route running through Zolfo Springs. For additional information on this expansion please visit the Florida DOT’s US 17 Corridor Projects website.

Objective

A continuous goal of the Town of Zolfo Springs has been to look at mechanisms to promote economic development within the Town. The development of a Vision Plan for the downtown area will allow the community, including business owners and residents, to provide input regarding the future of Zolfo Springs. The Town is at a critical crossroad as it will soon be impacted by significant changes to the configuration of US 17 as these changes will alter the complexion of the Town. This project will allow the Town to proactively plan, through community and stakeholder input. Developing a Town Vision Plan is a key part of implementing a long-term plan to promote economic development in this rural community. Key concepts developed from the Vision Plan will be brought forward into the Land Development Regulations.