Look Forward Lakeland: Seeking Citizen Input for Comprehensive Plan Update
LAKELAND, FL (May 9, 2019) | The City of Lakeland wants to hear from residents about future planning and land use so an interactive survey called Look Forward Lakeland is now up and running. This citizen feedback tool will help City staff decide on future land development issues.
Please visit lakelandgov.net/lookforward to start your survey. The survey allows residents to list priorities of what is important, identify preferences of land use and map where change is needed. The easy-to-use input tool allows valuable citizen feedback that is instrumental in the development of a comprehensive plan update.
Nicole Travis, Director of Community & Economic Development said, “It is important that the Comprehensive Plan reflects the desires of Lakeland’s citizens so our public outreach campaign will be conducted through the month of June 2019 or until we gather a good sample of Lakeland residents. Our goal is to use the feedback we get from the Look Forward survey to help mold the Comprehensive Plan so that it reflects citizen input and sound planning strategies.”
The City is currently in the process of evaluating its Comprehensive Plan to develop a strategy for growth over the next 10 years (2020-2030). The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan is to establish goals, objectives and policies that will be effective at managing growth and development in order to maintain and improve the quality of life for the City’s residents. It is key to identify and understand the priorities and concerns of Lakeland residents and City leaders in order to develop a vision for the future of the community. Adopted land use policies direct public decisions which impact buildings, land use, physical appearance and capital improvement projects around the City.
In addition to gathering population and economic growth data and researching the latest trends and outstanding issues, City planners have developed a public participation outreach plan which includes the Look Forward Lakeland interactive online survey and follow-up public meetings that will be held throughout the City. The goal is to identify the issues that are important to City residents, neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations to determine how the growth plan should be modified and how City finances and resources should be redirected to address the key issues.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please explore lakelandgov.net.
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