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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


  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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