What's Next? by Eric Riel
Now that the charrette has been completed and its recommendations presented, what happens next?
Implementation of the recommendations will begin immediately and will span several years to come. Some proposals can be undertaken and completed within a short time frame. Others will require a long-range effort, especially if they involve public review and the allocation of resources.
City staff will prepare an action plan for each charrette recommendation, including time frame for implementation, city department responsible, required changes to various city policies, and esti- mated implementation cost. The recommendations are comprehensive and will require the involvement of all departments. The work will be coordinated through the city manager's office. Preparation for the charrette involved the participation of all city boards and committees, and it is expected that the expertise of the boards and committees will continue to be utilized to refine the recommendations, as well.
Changes are expected to the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Changes will also be made to the Zoning Code, which is the document that governs what can be built on a parcel of land or what type of uses are permitted and how that property is developed from an aesthetic standpoint. Larger items such as improvements to streetscapes, including improvements to Downtown or North Ponce de Leon sidewalk experience will require further analysis and refinement. Allocation of dollars is needed to complete these improvements. This will be accomplished with a number of financial mechanisms that could include federal, state and county grants, the City’s own Capital Improvement Program, or the creation of assessment districts.
This is not the last of the charrette. The Master Plan and its recommendations are a top priority for the City Commission and the City administration. Private development projects that follow the recommendations will be recognized, and physical improvements resulting from the recom- mendations will be identified as its results. Several projects currently under construction and under review by the City are already responding to the charrette and incorporating its recommen- dations.
To keep informed of the continued implementation of the charrette, please visit the city web page at www.citybeautiful.net, or contact the Planning Department at (305) 460 5212.