The value of comprehensive planning

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By Christine Moore, Commissioner of Orange County, District 2

Orange County is blessed with a diversity of environments, from urban and suburban areas to rural and pristine natural areas.

The Vision 2050 Plan will be implemented over the next few years. It focuses on place-making standards and contextual regulations. The Code is based on development features desired by citizens.

Great places are not created by accident. Shaping our future requires smart planning. Our community is growing and we will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, so we need to be prepared to plan. The long-term vision must continue to reflect the diversity of Orange County while envisioning an increasingly urbanized region, whether we like it or not. I wish we could slow the growth of people from out of state moving here. It’s just not possible. We are victims of our own success.

Florida law requires local jurisdictions to implement comprehensive plans to manage growth and direct public investment. Since 1972, this legal framework has defined growth management and shaped development patterns throughout the state.

Orange County is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. By 2050, the county’s population is expected to increase by 700,000, surpassing 2 million. Therefore, we must prepare for growth in a smart and responsible way.

Vision 2050 protects our ecologically sensitive lands and a rural way of life that is cherished by many while preserving and enhancing the character of our established residential and suburban neighborhoods.

Planning strategies and long-term goals should alter the character of specific high-growth or transport-rich areas. Transformation strategies promote major infill, redevelopment, densification or public improvement opportunities that will improve the pattern of development in limited and targeted areas.

The “maintenance” strategy aims to protect and enhance existing neighborhoods, established rural areas and the county’s natural environment. This strategy applies to areas where the existing natural or built character is not expected to change significantly.

There will be a series of workshops and public hearings to encourage public input before the adoption of the comprehensive plan. This material is tough, but I’m open to suggesting another meeting with the county’s top planners to see if you’re okay with leadership in your immediate area. Stay tuned…these meetings will take place this fall and early next year.

POL ADV Paid and Approved by Christine Moore, Nonpartisan, for Orange County Commission, #2

Orange County,

Christine Moore,

Orange County Commissioner,

District 2,

Vision 2050,

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