The City of Altamonte Springs is approaching "build-out" with all vacant land classified as infill. The City's Comprehensive plan, City Plan 2030, includes goals, objectives, and policies to implement the city's future land use directives including supporting infill and redevelopment activities. The city has developed many development incentives to support infill development and to encourage the redevelopment of underutilized parcels. Development within the Central Business District receives accelerated plan and permit review and reserved transportation capacity through the city's downtown development of regional Impact. Additional incentives include existing or programmed infrastructure for intensive development, available capacity for city services and facilities, floor area ratio and height bonuses, and mixed use land use zoning districts. The city's plan creates three types of land use areas with established policies for each: Activity Centers, areas immediately adjacent to the Activity Centers, and infill development/enclave areas.
Activity Center areas are located where development and redevelopment opportunities with typically higher density and intensity ranges will be allowed. The role of the Activity Centers is to concentrate diverse land uses at intensities and densities that allow more efficient delivery of public facilities and multi-modal transportation while enhancing quality of life through open space, aesthetic building, and preservation of natural environments. Development is encouraged in Activity Centers through the use of density or intensity bonuses or other similar incentives. The Activity Centers are classified as infill development based on geographical location, characteristics of existing land use patterns, and infrastructure availability. The City currently has five established Activity Centers.
Properties or projects located outside Activity Centers may be classified as infill development and be eligible for incentives based on whether or not various standards or circumstances exist. The property must have existing services or facilities available or within close proximity to the property. The property must not be in a conservation area and must be surrounded by existing development. Areas that are classified as infill and have the full range of services available will be given first priority for both development review and for City planned upgraded facility capacity to support more intense/dense land uses.