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Community input, participation, engagement critical to process

On Wednesday, March 20, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the St. Johns County Main Library, the City of St. Augustine will continue its series of community meetings as one of the most critical steps in a nearly year-long process of reviewing and updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a requirement that comes up every seven years. The community meetings will be held at locations throughout the city to encourage greater participation.

The topics of discussion and information being presented will be the same at each meeting so the public is welcome to attend any meeting throughout this process.  The locations of the meetings vary simply to make them more convenient and easier for residents to participate.  For a complete list of all scheduled meetings including the Anastasia Area meeting, view the home page story at www.CityStAug.com.  The complete schedule can be downloaded here.

The purpose of a comprehensive plan is to set forth goals, objectives and policies which guide long term planning and ultimately physical development of the city, while simultaneously protecting natural and cultural resources. In the current plan, Comprehensive Plan 2030, there are ten elements: Future Land Use, Transportation, Housing, Infrastructure, Conservation and Coastal Management, Recreation and Open Space, Intergovernmental Coordination, Capital Improvements, Historic Preservation, and Public Schools Facilities.

With the review and update of Comp Plan 2040: Mapping Our Future, there will be an additional component added to Infrastructure, Transportation, and Conservation and Coastal Management which include Water Supply Work Plan, Mobility Plan, and Perils of Flood, respectively.  The Water Supply Work Plan will address water conservation and alternative water source efforts, the Mobility Plan will address issues such as parking, traffic patterns, and alternative modes of transportation, while Perils of Flood will address issues such as sea level rise, sustainability, and resiliency.

To learn more about the Comp Plan 2040 review, listen to a recent The Break Room interview with Amy Skinner, Planning and Building Deputy Director, where she discussed an overview of this process, explained why the review is necessary and how our community can make a difference in the outcome of what areas of the city's future will be included in the final document.

Several area workshops have been scheduled for the coming months so the community is encouraged to use all forms of media to know when and where they can attend, including The St. Augustine Record, the city’s Facebook page, the city’s Twitter page, subscribing to the city’s weekly e-newsletter, News & Notes, and by visiting the city’s website often at www.CityStAug.com.

View a complete list of scheduled meetings here.  Or click here for the 312 Corridor area meeting flyer  .

For more information or to have any questions addressed, contact Amy Skinner, Planning & Building Deputy Director at 904.209-4320 or send an email.