Comprehensive Plan

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City Planning ConceptThough local governments in most states are not required by law to engage in comprehensive planning, Florida in 1985 adopted its Growth Management Act requiring each municipality and county in Florida to prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan and procedures to implement the comprehensive plan. These procedures are commonly called zoning. In Florida, all proposed and approved development in the community must be consistent with the comprehensive plan for that community. The Act also requires regular evaluations and updates of the comprehensive plan.

The City's Comprehensive Plan, developed and maintained by Planning Division staff and citizen-based advisory committees, addresses the community's critical planning issues and concerns, and protects the qualities and characteristics that define what is special and unique about Dunedin. To that end, the Dunedin Comprehensive Plan contains goals, objectives, policies and proposals for preserving and enhancing what is best in Dunedin.

Comprehensive plans are dynamic documents, and each city and county must evaluate and appraise its comprehensive plan every seven years and may update the plan annually. During the evaluation and appraisal process, known as the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR), a community examines its comprehensive plan in relation to four essential questions (Where is the community now?; How did the community get here?; Where does the community want to go?; and What steps does the community want to take to get there?). In addition, the community must determine if the directions established in the comprehensive plan are still valid and what, if any, changes should be made to the comprehensive plan.

The City's COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, DUNEDIN 2025, may be viewed by clicking the following links:

VOLUME 1 – POLICY DOCUMENT (p. 1-97)

VOLUME 2 – SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION:
2-1 COVER & LIST OF ELEMENTS (p. 1-2) and 2-2 INTRODUCTION (p. 1-18)
2-3 SUPPORT SERVICES ELEMENT (p. 1-96) (p. 1-97)
2-4 TRANSPORTATION ELEMENT (p. 1-37)
2-5 CONSERVATION & COASTAL MANAGEMENT ELEMENT (p. 1-92)
2-6 HOUSING ELEMENT (p. 1-38)
2-7 FUTURE LAND USE ELEMENT (p. 1-52)
2-8 INTERGOVERNMENTAL COORDINATION ELEMENT (p. 1-25)
2-9 RECREATION & OPEN SPACE ELEMENT (p. 1-20)
2-10 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ELEMENT (p. 1-32)
2-11 PUBLIC SCHOOLS FACILITIES ELEMENT (p. 1-119)
2-12 APPENDIX (p. 1-22)

Annual updates typically identify areas of immediate concern and are necessary for the City to be eligible for certain community development grants, such as the Florida Communities Trust. The Florida Communities Trust is a state land acquisition grant program that provides funding to local governments and eligible non-profit environmental organizations for acquisition of community-based parks, open space and greenways that further outdoor recreation and natural resource protection needs identified in local government comprehensive plans.

Planning Division staff also work closely with Zoning Division staff developing short and mid-range plans designed to further the intent of the Comprehensive Plan. Planning Division and Zoning Division staff is presently focusing planning efforts on significant areas located along and in close proximity to major corridors in the City. The efforts are a continuation of the City of Dunedin's emphasis on ensuring that the City is where one wants to live, work and play.