Ruskin Community Plan

Ruskin Community Plan (Effective August 8, 2005)

Planning Commission Staff Contact:

Countywide Planner • Countywide Planning Team

E planner@plancom.orgT 813.272.5940 • F 813.272.6258

Hillsborough County, Development Services Staff Contact:

Brian Grady, Principal Planner • South County Specialist

E gradyb@hillsboroughcounty.orgT 813.276.8343 • F 813.272.5348

To locate the complete adopted text of the community plan go to the Livable Communities Element and use the Table of Contents to go to the Ruskin Community Plan.

View the Sociocultural Data Report (SDR) for Ruskin. The SDR contains demographic information and trends for Ruskin from 1990 to 2015, a summary of existing land use within the community, and a list of facilities. A demographic profile for Hillsborough County is also available at the end of the document.

The Ruskin Community Profile is based on current background data of issues, patterns, and trends. Includes text, tables, charts, maps, and graphics of the demographic, social, economic, land use and infrastructure.

Published August 2019. Includes Executive Summary, Background, SWOT Survey, Socioeconomic Summary, Economics/Employment, Unemployment/Areas of Concern, Environment, Zoning, Ruskin Community Infrastructure, Ruskin Community Facilities/Services, Ruskin Capital Improvement, Buildout Analysis, and Appendix.


Ruskin lies within the “SouthShore Areawide Systems Plan” area.  The SouthShore Areawide Systems planning initiative called for the preparation of six community plans, one of which was for the Ruskin area.  The Ruskin Community Plan consists of goals and strategies that address the development of a town center, revitalization of the existing commercial corridors, the establishment of design guidelines for residential and non-residential development, the preservation of the areas environmental resources, the enhancement of recreational opportunities and parks and the protection of the community’s character.

Vision Statement

The top priority of the Ruskin Community Plan is the protection and preservation of natural resources; including the pristine Little Manatee River corridor which is teeming with life, Marsh Creek and the public lands around it, Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, the Tampa Bay estuary, the wildlife that lives among us on land, in the water and in the sky; the ELAPP lands, significant wildlife habitat, and other natural areas, parks and green space within and around the community. The community supports the acquisition of additional land for preservation, restoration, natural habitat, and parks.

The community wishes to become a destination for eco-tourism, providing opportunities for the enjoyment of natural areas, and recreation that treads lightly on the environment. The desire is to see the development of trails around and through the community with a large loop that meanders along the river connecting with the South Coast Greenway coming south and linking with Shell Point and Simmons Park.

Encourage commercial development to focus on downtown, Town Center, rather than encourage further commercial development on SR 674 and Shell Point Road.

The plan identifies four distinct neighborhoods, each having a defined character that provides home-styles serving all Ruskin residents. The scale and type of residential development shall vary according to the character of each of the four neighborhoods that were identified during the community mapping exercise.

The “Old Ruskin” neighborhood west of downtown will feature lower density single family housing, in keeping with the traditional character of the area. The area east of downtown and west of the I-75 employment center will accommodate a variety of housing types including multi-family and entry level housing. The area south of College Avenue will accommodate a more suburban style and type of residential development with environmental safeguards for the redevelopment of property along the Little Manatee River. The area southeast of I-75 will retain its rural and agricultural character and provide for enhanced interaction and access to the publicly owned lands adjacent to the Little Manatee.


  1. Downtown Ruskin
  2. Economic Development
  3. Environment
  4. Culture and History
  5. Community and Neighborhood Character
  6. Education
  7. College Avenue
  8. Transportation
  9. Parks and Open Space
  10. Public Facilities

The plan was further implemented by the adoption of development requirements in the Land Development Code (LDC) which are outlined in detail below:

Land Development Code:

Part 3.17.00 – Ruskin Town Center Development Regulations

            (adopted November 2, 2006)

Sec. 3.12.01 – Purpose

Sec. 3.12.02 – Applicability

Sec. 3.12.03 – General Development Standards

Sec. 3.12.04 – Standards for Non-Residential, Mixed-Use, and Multi-Family Development

Sec. 3.12.05 – Sign Standards

Sec. 3.12.06 – Zoning Districts

Sec. 3.12.07 – Ruskin Town Center (RTC-1)

Sec. 3.12.08 – Ruskin Town Center (RTC-2)

Sec. 3.12.09 – Prohibited Uses

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This plan was effective August 8, 2005. If you would like further information, please contact the Planning Commission.

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CPA 05-08 Effective Date: August 8, 2005



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Documents and Meetings

Community Plans adopted before 2009 do not include documents and meeting files at this time. This plan was effective August 8, 2005. Request for further information should be directed to staff.



To view the adopted boundary for the Ruskin Community Plan please click on the link below:

Ruskin Community Plan Area


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