Understanding Sustainability: The Importance of Sustainable Development and Comprehensive Plans—Goals, Objectives, Policies

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.
In 1985, the State of Florida mandated that each local government be required to adopt a comprehensive plan. Comprehensive plans serve as the bedrock or framework of all Florida local governments in that they describe the vision for a community's long- and short-term growth and provide policy direction in keeping with that vision. They are the basis for your local government to develop all of the zoning codes, regulations, building codes, etc. Comprehensive plans are largely a product of the community, developed through a series of stakeholder and public meetings. In the process of developing a comprehensive plan, a local government may solicit the input of many community groups and hold dozens of public hearings to determine the issues most important to the community. The purpose of comprehensive plans ("comp plans") varies slightly, but generally, they are the long-term plan designed to protect and ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the people in a community.
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.