Understanding Sustainability: Soliciting Public Input in the Comprehensive Planning Process

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2016: $11,110.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2017
Grant Recipient: University of Florida
Region: Southern
State: Florida
State Coordinator:
Dr. Marilyn Swisher
University of Florida
This paper is part of the Understanding Sustainability series, a series of discussions on sustainable development that includes specialized papers on sustainability, local planning, and comprehensive plans.
The previous article in this series described the origins and concepts of sustainability and sustainable communities, and included a discussion of what comprehensive plans are and how they are organized. In this article, we will introduce the importance of the comprehensive plan information gathering process for the development of sustainable communities.
As stated in previous publications, comprehensive plans can address sustainability concerns as they describe both the long- and short-term visions for a community. As such, they represent the accumulation of the concerns of the community and approaches to dealing with those concerns by local government. Public processes of meetings, charrettes, written comments, and other inputs contribute to the construction or amendment of comprehensive plans. Government agencies have an obligation to visit with the community and assess the most pressing concerns and issues. The better the government is at drawing out these issues from the residents, the better the resulting comprehensive plan.
Kaylene Sattanno, UF
Jeffrey Gellermann, UF
Marilyn Swisher, UF
Kelly Moore, UF
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers; Consumers
This product is associated with the project "2016-2017 Model State Program University of Florida"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.