The physical form of Punta Gorda has shifted greatly through the years, though its small fishing village charm has always remained a key part its identity. Over time, businesses in downtown and the surrounding areas have shifted from industrial and commercial uses to service and tourism. Most of the growth in the City over the last 50 years has been the result of suburban residential development. In the absence of new strategic planning efforts for this area, this pattern of development is likely to continue. With new concerns regarding the economic and fiscal sustainability of the city given its current tax base, job growth, demographics, and neighboring planned developments, the City of Punta Gorda commissioned an update to the 2005 citizens Master Plan-this time with a focus on economic feasibility and budgetary impacts. The purpose of this Citywide Master Plan is to bring together a comprehensive set of recommendations that balance community goals with the desire for a more vibrant and economically sustainable future.
The planning process was initiated to allow community members to engage with each other, city staff, leadership, and planning consultants and envision the future of Punta Gorda together. This Master Plan summarizes the community’s big ideas and the resulting recommendations. It also includes a comprehensive list of strategies and actions items to achieve this future vision, as well as an implementation matrix that includes key information on how to enact the plan over time. A Draft Master Plan was shared publicly to collect community input on the plan’s recommendations and implementation strategy. These comments were consolidated into a Summary and Response to Comments Memo and, to the extent possible, incorporated along with City staff and City Council input into this final version of the Citywide Master Plan. The final plan will be used by the City, community members, local businesses, and property owners as a road map to guide future changes and improvements.
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