Future Land Use Element and the Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan Update Meeting

At the October 17, 2018, Planning Commission Meeting, draft updates to goals, objectives, and policies in the Future Land Use Element and the Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan will be discussed before the Planning Commission acting as the Local Planning Agency (LPA). The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (room 209) on the second floor of the County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville). This meeting is part of the ongoing series of meetings before the LPA and the Board of County Commissioners as part of the evaluation and update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan that is completed approximately every seven years. The LPA will provide input on draft policy language updates in the areas of future land use and housing. These draft policy language updates will then be considered at public hearings of the LPA and Board of County Commissioners beginning in early 2019.

Future Land Use Element - The Future Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan provides for the general location, density, and intensity of various land uses in the unincorporated area of the County including residential, commercial, office, industrial, agriculture, recreation, preservation, education, public facilities, and also provides general development standards for different types of land uses, and plans for specific areas.  Draft revisions to the Future Land Use Element include streamlining policies for Urban Activity Centers to more effectively promote mixed-use development, expanding uses allowed within Office and Light Industrial areas, clarifying policies related to housing for aging adults, adding policies to identify priorities for certain infrastructure located within County rights-of-way, clarifying uses allowed within open space areas for Rural Clustered Subdivisions, and updating other policies as needed to reflect changes in state planning statutes.

Housing Element - The Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan promotes safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for all Alachua County residents through various strategies, incentives, and programs. Draft revisions to the Housing Element include strategies for affordable housing focusing on affordability for extremely low and very low-income households and other policy updates. 

Additional information about the Comprehensive Plan Update process and draft policy updates are available at the County's Comprehensive Plan Update website (scroll down to “Local Planning Agency Meetings” for information about the October 17th meeting).

For more information, contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 352-374-5249.

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