Month: November 2020

Goal 2: Coastal Management and Conservation (Goal 5 in Fernandina Beach 2030 Comp Plan)

The Comp Plan/LDC Working Group is a group of citizens who are working together to provide input on the Fernandina Beach Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code and then on the Nassau County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code. These documents are critical for the future of Amelia Island. This group was formed by Amelia Tree Conservancy; however, its composition is broader and it represents a far broader scope of interests and concerns. We will soon be posting all of the Goals except for School Facilities and the Port. Because we were requested to provide our draft on this goal to the Planning Advisory Committee as they begin working on the Comp Plan, we are posting our Introduction and Goal 2 in advance of the other goals. 

The Comp Plan/LDC Working Group does not perceive these drafts to be the final product of the Comprehensive Plan, but rather a working draft. Development of the Comprehensive Plan must be a process that brings together the world views of our diverse community of stakeholders. We represent some of these perspectives, but certainly not all. We look forward to discussing what we have developed thus far and look forward to your input.

To view the entire Coastal Management draft please click here.

Notes on Goal 2 (formerly Goal 5)

Goal 2 Coastal Management and Conservation (the 2030 Goal 5) has been rearranged in an attempt to match the challenges the City faces in the future. The context is summarized in the introduction to this Goal. The following notes address anticipated questions:

  • In a complex process like updating the Comprehensive Plan, it is fundamental that the City and community decide on the content of the plan for the future prior to investing a lot of time in how we craft the writing of the document. We made changes in organization when we felt they impacted comprehension of our intent, but left most of the previous text intact.
  • The Comp Plan/LDC Working Group is well aware of the problem of length in Goal 2. However, the above consideration and the following issues persuaded us to leave it as it is right now:
    • It would be relatively easy to divide Goal 2 into two goals, coastal management and general conservation objectives. However, in writing the 2030 goals, the PAB team decided to combine these previously separate goals. We suspect that one of the reasons was to demonstrate the relationship between coastal management and conservation needs and objectives–certainly a valid consideration. If these goals become separate, we need to make certain that the community understands the interrelationships between these goals. There may be other ways to break this out into separate goals that we have not thought of yet because we are in the early stages of this process.
    • The Comp Plan/LDC Working Group has deleted very little from the 2030 plan for fear of opening up unforeseen loopholes in the Plan. Once the final content is determined, it should be easier to delete unnecessary or redundant material.
  • The proposal to create a combined position for Floodplain Manager and Chief Resilience Officer should not be interpreted as implying any negative perceptions regarding Steve Beckman’s performance as Floodplain Manager. In fact, we have been impressed with his efforts to make City policy consistent with FEMA standards and with his insistence on monitoring building projects. We view this plan as looking forward to addressing our needs and as building on what has been done to date. In practice, someone with the specified credentials could be hired initially for the combined position, or someone currently on staff could take on this combined role. The initial combination of the positions could eventually evolve into two positions when needs justify that change.
  • The importance of long-term planning and the planning of incremental rollout cannot be overstated in addressing coastal management at the current time. How this will be done remains to be seen, but it is essential.

Comp Plan/LDC Working Group

Beth Foster, Pam Green, Lauree Hemke, Betsie Huben, Christine Joblon, Ann Kemp, Margaret Kirkland, Alexandra Lajoux, Pat Moore, Lyn Pannone,Helen Perry and Shameera Wiest

Recent Nassau County Vulnerability Study Results

Maps that may be helpful:

https://maps.nassauflpa.com/NassauTaxMap/#

County Appraisers Maps: 1) Look at the Storm Surge and Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) under Safety. 2) Look at the Flood Maps 

http://www.fbfl.us/DocumentCenter/View/15494

Fernandina Beach: These are the maps included with the current Comp Plan in 2020.

Goal 1: Restoration of Public Trust

Comp Plan/LDC Working Group Draft Fernandina Beach 2045 Comprehensive Plan

At no other time in history has the importance of citizen trust been higher. National surveys conducted in 2020 captured a growing mood of mistrust in America, even in relation to local government, which historically ranks highly in public confidence. Similarly, studies conducted in Fernandina Beach by the National Research Center, Inc. in 2017 and 2019 indicated a significant decline in ratings of City government related to effectiveness, direction, acting in the best interest of the City, integrity, equitable treatment of citizens, and so forth. This growing loss of public trust has had a significant impact on dynamics within our community. 

It is the position of the Comprehensive Plan/LDC Working Group that this trend can be reversed by maintaining high standards for government accountability, performance, transparency and communication, while strengthening participation and representation of citizens, and basing decisions on their interests. We are also recommending the addition of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position to restore public trust in the quality of City financial information and in the performance of all financial and budgetary activities as well as in the quality of economic strategy development.

To view the Goal 1. Restoration of Public Trust Goal, please click here.

Comp Plan/LDC Working Group

Beth Foster, Pam Green, Lauree Hemke, Betsie Huben, Christine Joblon, Ann Kemp, Margaret Kirkland, Alexandra Lajoux, Lyn Pannone and Shameera Wiest

Fernandina Beach Comp Plan PAB Slides & Draft Introduction

Introduction to the 2045 Comprehensive Plan

The Comp Plan/LDC Working Group is a group of citizens who are working together to provide input on the Fernandina Beach Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code and then on the Nassau County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code. These documents constitute the legal framework for the City and County and therefore are critical for the future of Amelia Island and the rest of the County. This group was formed by Amelia Tree Conservancy; however, its composition is broader and it represents a far broader scope of interests, affiliations and concerns. In working through revisions of the City Comprehensive Plan, our current focus, City staff will be seeking input from all residents; we represent one set of perspectives within that array. 

This post is the first in a series of thirteen posts that present our work to date. We are looking forward to your feedback and input. We believe it is healthy for the City for citizens to understand a variety of perspectives on the Plan. We are planning a series of Zoom meetings that will include presentations and discussion/feedback periods. This first post includes 1) the slides associated with the presentation we made at the Planning Advisory Board meeting on February 10, 2021, when we submitted our draft, and 2) our introduction to the draft Comp Plan.

Thus, our posts in this series will cover the following drafts:

  • The PowerPoint slides from the February 10 Planning Advisory Board meeting) and our draft Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan
  • Goal 1: Restoration of Public Trust
  • Goal 2: Coastal Management and Conservation
  • Goal 3: Recreation and Open Space
  • Goal 4: Historic Preservation
  • Goal 5: Housing
  • Goal 6: Mobility
  • Goal 7: Public Facilities
  • Goal 9: Economic Development
  • Goal 11: Capital Improvement
  • Goal 12: Future Land Use

The following goals are not included in these drafts:

  • Goal 8: School Facilities (because it is limited to facilities)
  • Goal 10: Port (because it needs to be dealt with through different channels)
  • Goal 13: Intergovernmental coordination (because it is so early in the process of writing this document. Each of the goals included in the draft has considerable material detailing this topic and a section on intergovernmental coordination at the end of the goal related to that goal.

In the process of researching each goal, we have sought input from those in our community who have relevant expertise. Our group is deeply grateful to all who have participated in this process to date. Many have devoted extensive time to this effort.

The Comp Plan/LDC Working Group does not perceive these drafts to be the final product of the Comprehensive Plan, but rather a working draft. Development of the Comprehensive Plan must be a process that brings together the world views of our diverse community of stakeholders. We represent some of these perspectives, but certainly not all. We look forward to discussing what we have developed thus far and look forward to your input.

Comp Plan/LDC Working Group

Beth Foster, Pam Green, Lauree Hemke, Betsie Huben, Christine Joblon, Ann Kemp, Margaret Kirkland, Alexandra Lajoux, Pat Moore, Lyn Pannone,Helen Perry and Shameera Wiest

Attachments:

  1. Slides from the February 10, 2021 Planning Advisory Board meeting (our broad perspective)
  2. Introduction to the entire Comprehensive Plan draft

Comments to keep in mind as you read:

  • The broad perspective of the Working Group is presented in the slide presentation.
  • This set of documents is a working draft at this relatively early phase of the process.
  • Considerably more work needs to be done for one or more of the following reasons: 
    • We were unable to find documents listed in the 2030 Comp Plan.
    • Further expertise is needed to progress further, sometimes in planning and sometimes in specialized areas such as transportation.
    • Input is needed from a variety of perspectives.
  • We have included some policies that should actually go into the Land Development Code rather than the Comp Plan to ensure that they are not forgotten.
  • We have included some objectives and policies from the 2030 plan that may not be necessary because we are waiting for a later stage in the process to delete them in order to ensure that deletion does not create loopholes in the plan. We have deleted objectives and policies that have been replaced or that we feel confident are no longer relevant or advantageous.
  • Where we felt it was advisable, we have retained the language of the current Comp Plan. Some elements follow the current plan fairly closely, while other elements have been changed substantially.
  • This set of documents contains considerable material that will also be of interest for the County as well.
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