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LAND USE

Land-use planning is the process of regulating the use of land in an effort to promote more desirable social and environmental outcomes as well as a more efficient use of resources. Goals of land use planning may include environmental conservation, restraint of urban sprawl, minimization of transport costs, prevention of land use conflicts, and a reduction in exposure to pollutants. By and large, the uses of land determine the diverse socioeconomic activities that occur in a specific area, the patterns of human behavior they produce, and their impact on the environment.

In urban planning, land use planning seeks to order and regulate land use in an efficient and ethical way, thus preventing land use conflicts. Governments use land use planning to manage the development of land within their jurisdictions. In doing so, the governmental unit can plan for the needs of the community while safeguarding natural resources. To this end, it is the systematic assessment of land and water potential, alternatives for land use, and economic and social conditions in order to select and adopt the best land use options.[1] Often one element of a comprehensive plan, a land use plan provides a vision for the future possibilities of development in neighborhoods, districts, cities, or any defined planning area.

In the United States, the terms land use planning, regional planning, urban planning, and urban design are often used interchangeably, and will depend on the state, county, and/or project in question. Despite confusing nomenclature, the essential function of land use planning remains the same whatever term is applied. The Canadian Institute of Planners offers a definition that land use planning means the scientific, aesthetic, and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities.[2] The American Planning Association states that the goal of land use planning is to further the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations.[3]

Rowes Supermarket Opens in Baymeadows

Rowes Supermarket Opens in Baymeadows

Jacksonville, FL (June 23, 2020) – Rowe’s IGA Supermarkets opened its doors on June 18th, 2020 as its seventh location in Jacksonville within the Deerwood Village Shopping Center in Baymeadows at the former Winn-Dixie site. Located at 9866 Baymeadows Road, the store offers almost 59,000 square feet of grocery selection and will employ over 100 to 110 team members. Rob Rowe, Owner said the $10 million investment for this grocery store will offer...

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CM Becton Helps Bentley Motors With Soft Grand Opening

CM Becton Helps Bentley Motors With Soft Grand Opening

 Jacksonville, FL (June 19, 2020) – Bentley Motors celebrated a soft Grand Opening of their 46th US dealership on the Southwest corner of J.T. Butler Blvd and I-95 in District 11. The plans for the luxury brand was first announced nearly two years ago to the day on June 18, 2018. It is the first Bentley dealership for the area and the seventh in Florida. The 42,000 square foot state-of-the-art dealership sits on seven-acre site located at 1737...

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CM Becton Celebrates Baymeadows Bikini Bar Closing

CM Becton Celebrates Baymeadows Bikini Bar Closing

Jacksonville, FL (May 10, 2020) -- The Baymeadows Bikini Bar that caused such an uproar among the Baymeadows Community back in 2013, has shut down. At some point during the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency, Paradise Gentleman’s Club closed its doors for good and put the dated building back on the market and up for sale. “While I am an advocate for small business owners, the closing of this business is a pleasant surprise and definitely a plus for...

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CM Becton Announces MOU on New Fire Station 74

CM Becton Announces MOU on New Fire Station 74

Jacksonville, FL (May 22, 2020) – Its Official; nearly eight months after announcing the opening of the temporary Fire Station #63 off Gate Parkway, Councilman Becton has successfully worked and confirmed the pathway to having another New Fire Station in the District in the very near future, operational to become New Fire Station #74. Fire Station #74 is now under a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SONOC Company LLC to collaborate...

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CM Becton and Joyce Development Group Break Ground on Baymeadows Park

CM Becton and Joyce Development Group Break Ground on Baymeadows Park

Jacksonville, FL (November 20, 2019) – Councilman Becton and Joyce Development Group sported hard hats and big smiles as they finally broke ground on the much anticipated Baymeadows Park development on November 20th, 2019. The ground-breaking ceremony started just before noon at the site of the future development off Baymeadows Road near I-95. The vacant lot of land is located between Baymeadows Circle East and Baymeadows Circle West, where the...

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