What is a Comprehensive Plan

WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?

  • A plan that implements the community's vision.
  • It is required by the state of Florida for adoption and found in compliance with the state land planning agency
  • It is a statement of community values, goals, and objectives.
  • A long-range plan and serves as a basis for future physical development.
  • A public guide to community decision-making.
  • An assessment of a community‘s needs.
  • Public document adopted by the City Commission
  • It lays the foundation for zoning codes, the legal tool for implementing the vision of the future contained in the comprehensive plan.

WHY UPDATE THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?

  • It is a long-term guide that captures the vision of what a community wants to be in the future.
  • It identifies overall community goals and guides the city's growth and development policies.
  • The city has not taken an in-depth look into the overall goals, objectives, and policies of the Comprehensive Plan since 1999.

WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?

What makes up the city (or data and analysis)
- Data and analysis is a collection of accurate, current information about the community. This task started in July 2022 and will be completed in December 2022.
- Data collected and updated contains demographics, economy housing, transportation, public services, environmental conditions and existing land uses.

Elements.
- Elements are studies of existing conditions and a discussion of future trends, goals, and objectives. All elements are based on relevant and appropriate data and analysis.
- The Comprehensive Plan contains eight existing elements and one new element:
  1. Future Land Use – Designation of future land use patterns.
  2. Transportation – Planning for a multimodal transportation system
  3. Housing – developing appropriate housing types for the residents
  4. Infrastructure – Provide for the necessary public facilities and services correlated to future land use projections.
  5. Coastal Management and Conservation – Promoting conservation, use, and protection of natural resources.
  6. Intergovernmental Coordination – Coordinating and collaborating the needs, processes procedures with adjacent local governments, and regional and state agencies.
  7. Recreation/Open Space – ensuring the provision, protection, and maintenance of a coordinated, efficient, and accessible system of recreational parks and facilities.
  8. Capital Improvements – Evaluating the need for public facilities, estimating the cost of improvements, and analyzing the fiscal capability of the City to finance and construct improvements.
  9. New Required Property Rights - this is a state-mandated (new) element to protect private property rights.
- Each element contains one or more goals, objectives and policies.
1) A goal is a statement, that expresses the ideals and ends towards which planning efforts are directed.
2) An objective is the end towards the attainment of which plans and policies are directed.
3) A policy is a rule for action in order to meet its goals and objectives.

- Map Series.
Future land uses a visual form addressing all of the physical elements within the city. A series of 19 maps: Existing Land Uses, Flood Zones, Floodplains & CHHA; Soil Associations; Future Land Use Map; Historic Resources; Business District; John’s Pass; Vegetative Cover And Marine Resources; Existing Roadway Classifications & Number Of Lanes; Existing & Future Public Transit & Truck Routes; Existing Bicycle & Sidewalk Facilities; Existing & Future Hurricane Evacuation Routes; Existing Traffic Volumes; Existing Roadway Levels Of Service; Future Roadway Classifications & Number Of Lanes; Future Bicycle & Sidewalk Facilities; Future Traffic Volumes; Future Roadway Levels Of Service; Public Facilities, Recreation Facilities & Water Dependent/Related Facilities.   

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