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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]

Council Passes CM Becton’s Revision to Chicken Ordinance 2021-222

Council Passes CM Becton’s Revision to Chicken Ordinance 2021-222

​ Jacksonville, FL (June 22, 2021) – The City of Jacksonville in 2015 adopted Bill 2015-337 authorizing the permitting of backyard hens in residentially zoned areas or neighborhoods after a two-year pilot program. This permission would allow property owners to have up to five (5) chickens with the allowance of more on lots larger than one (1) acre. The process to get a permit only includes a one-time $25 non-refundable permit fee and the proof...

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Skinner Family, ICI Homes & David Weekley Homes Break Ground on SE Quadrant Development – Seven Pines

Skinner Family, ICI Homes & David Weekley Homes Break Ground on SE Quadrant Development – Seven Pines

Jacksonville, FL (January 15, 2021) -- The groundbreaking for the Southeast Quadrant development at the corner of J Turner Butler and I-295 took place on January 15th. Members of the Skinner family attended and participated at the groundbreaking as it is the last large lot of land left to be developed by this prominent family of Jacksonville. “The Seven Pine Groundbreaking is a milestone event in Jacksonville history,” explained Council member...

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CM Becton Presents at SE CPAC Regarding Land Use and Rezoning Matters

CM Becton Presents at SE CPAC Regarding Land Use and Rezoning Matters

Jacksonville, FL (October 26, 2020) – Councilman Becton was the guest presenter for the Monthly meeting of the Southeast Citizens Planning Advisory Committee (SE CPAC) held via Zoom on October 26th. The purpose of the presentation was a Land-Use and Zoning training of sorts to teach the CPAC members as well as the attendees of the meeting what they needed to know to help be more effective in their neighborhood advocacy. “It is always a pleasure...

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CM Becton to join Mayor Curry and JFRD Chief Powers for Groundbreaking of Permanent Fire Station #63

CM Becton to join Mayor Curry and JFRD Chief Powers for Groundbreaking of Permanent Fire Station #63

Jacksonville, FL (September 23, 2020) – As we reach the one-year mark since the temporary Fire Station #63 began operations off Gate Parkway near Burnt Mill Road, Councilman Becton joined Mayor Lenny Curry and JFRD Chief Powers to announce that dirt is officially being moved for the permanent location of Fire Station #63. A ground breaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, September 23rd at 9:30am at the 2.72 acres vacant site that sits only...

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CM Becton Joins Baer’s for Ribbon Cutting

CM Becton Joins Baer’s for Ribbon Cutting

JJacksonville, FL (September 5, 2020) – Councilman Becton helped celebrate the grand opening of Baer’s Quality Furniture & Interior Design newest store on Saturday, September 5th, located right in District 11! Baer’s is a family owned business that has been up and running for nearly 75 years. The two story, roughly 85,000 square foot building sits across the street from IKEA at 7760 Gate Parkway. This is Baer’s 17th store in Florida but the...

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