The Community Planning Section is responsible for the study and update of several Collier County area land use plans. Over the course of the next several years, Collier County will embark on the study of four areas in the eastern portion of the county.
It’s an ambitious project initiated by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners, and it is an important one. Currently, about 100,000 people live east of Collier Boulevard, but that number is expected to grow by an additional 300,000 to 400,000 before build-out.
Priorities are to protect wetlands and wildlife habitat by directing growth to appropriate locations, and to facilitate employment nodes and economic vitality for eastern Collier County through creative planning and infrastructure proximity.
The four areas of restudy, which are grounded in the County’s Growth Management Plan, are:
These plans were first derived with tremendous public involvement. These plans are good, even award winning. But after more than 10 years, it is time to adjust the plans to account for changing conditions, and foster public involvement so that the process is transparent and the outcomes reflect public values. The recently formed Growth Management Oversight Committee, made up of residents within each of the planning areas, will guide public outreach efforts.
The goal of each restudy is to improve sustainability and economic vitality, consistent with the Board of County Commissioners’ goals and the community’s vision; have coordination between the four plans; update our best practices to protect environmental resources such as large connected natural areas and water resources; and promote smart growth, so that future generations inherit a community that is robust. The schedule for these planning efforts will overlap to forge consistency between the plans.
Public workshops are on-going and we encourage your involvement. The Public Workshops page provides details on upcoming meetings, time, location and topics. Also, surveys are another way we gather public input. The active surveys, and results, are available on the different planning area pages. Please take a moment to complete a survey and provide your input.
For more information contact:
|Kris Van Lengen, JD, AICP||(239) 252-7268|
|Anita Jenkins, AICP||(239) 252-8288|