City of Punta Gorda 

Comprehensive Plan 2040

The City of Punta Gorda's Comprehensive Plan has been prepared and adopted as required by the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act and the Florida Administrative Code.  In 2011, the Florida State Legislature enacted HB 7207, commonly known as the Community Planning Act (CPA) to replace the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulations Act, which shifts the emphasis from the “top down planning” approach led by the State Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to providing local governments with more discretion and tools for making local planning decisions.  

As part of the new legislation, the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) was created to replace many of the State Land Planning Agency functions the DCA previously performed.  Other changes in the new CPA include:

  • Concurrency: State-mandated concurrency only applies to sanitary sewer, solid waste, drainage, and potable water on a statewide basis. State-mandated concurrency for transportation, public school facilities and parks and recreation is repealed (Local government can elect to retain concurrency for these facilities; however, local repeal requires a comprehensive plan amendment that is not subject to state review).  The requirement for a public school facilities element is repealed
  • Urban Sprawl: Urban sprawl methodology has been simplified and is less prescriptive

The Elements

#1 The Future Land Use  designates areas within the City suitable for residential, commercial, recreational, conservation, preservation and public development.  It is considered the most important element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This element covers a 5-10 year planning timeframe, provides future population projections and defines level of service issues.  
 #2A   The Conservation Element inventories and describes the City's existing and proposed natural preserves and conservation areas within and adjacent to the City.     
 #2B Coastal Management inventories and describes the City's existing coastal areas and their importance to the City’s economy and tourism industries within and adjacent to the City.  
 #3 The purpose of the Infrastructure  is to provide for necessary public facilities and services correlated to future land use projections. The element is divided into three (3) sections:
  1. The Potable Water and Sanitary Sewer Section outlines the City’s existing conservation programs and practices and identifies additional future efforts and programs that the City plans to evaluate to determine their applicability and likelihood of success in decreasing the City’s potable water demand.
  2. The purpose of the Solid Waste Section is to ensure that necessary sanitation facilities and services are in place to provide for the needs of current and future populations in the City of Punta Gorda.It also details the City’s curbside collection and disposal process services for solid waste, recyclables, yard waste and hazardous waste.
  3. The Stormwater Management Section identifies operating responsibilities of stormwater management facilities, geographic service areas, predominant types of land uses, the design capacity of the stormwater management facilities, current demand, and the level of service provided by the facilities
 #4 The Housing  evaluates the City’s housing inventory and provides guidance in developing policies to meet the City’s existing and future housing needs.  The Goals, Objectives, and Policies (GOP) provide a complete range of housing options to include moderate, low, and very low income households, group homes, foster care facilities, and households with special housing needs.  
 #5 The Recreation and Open Space  provides for a system of public and private recreation and open space sites which are available to all  City's residents and visitors. Punta Gorda's long term goal regarding recreation and open space facilities are directed towards the coordination of public and private recreation resources to meet demand; to provide public parks appropriately located to the population they are intended to serve; to coordinate the City facilities with those of other governments; and to acquire important open space systems that protect property from storm surge events and/or preserve important habitats.  
 #6 The Community Facilities & Services identifies and describes the locations and arrangements of the City’s facilities and the services provided. The facilities and services may be considered the “social infrastructure” which is integral to the standard of living enjoyed by the City’s residents and visitors. Included in this section are general government administration and operations, utilities, fire and emergency medical services, police, and all other City facilities and services.  
 #7 The Transportation Element assesses the needs for current and future transportation systems, establishes level of service guidelines, provides strategies for alternative modes of transportation, and sets standards for the provisions of public facilities  
 #8 The Public School Facilities, a new element required by State Statute, focuses on school planning.  This element requires local governments to adopt a school concurrency system which ensures the coordination between the City, County, and School Board in planning and permitting development that affects school capacity and utilization rates. The Florida Statute mandating the Public School Facilities Element also requires the City to update their existing Interlocal Agreement (a partnership between the City, County and local School Board, that establishes interlocal coordination efforts between the agencies) and requires amendments to the existing Capital Improvements Element and the Intergovernmental Coordination Element .  
 #9 The Intergovernmental Coordination facilitates the comprehensive planning process through the coordination of local development and growth management with Charlotte County, adjacent municipalities, and state and federal agencies. This element will coordinate the processes and procedures with the various entities to ensure compatibility. If incompatible goals, objective & policies of development are identified, it is the intent of this element to assist in the process for resolving such issues.  
 #10 Capital Improvements  considers the need for and the location of public facilities in order to encourage the efficient use of those facilities.   The element:
  1. evaluates the need for public facilities within the City
  2. estimates the cost of improvements for which the local government has fiscal responsibility
  3. analyzes the fiscal capability of the local government to finance and construct improvements
  4. guides the funding of improvements through adopted policies; and 
  5. provides the scheduling of funding and construction of improvements in a manner necessary to ensure that capital improvements are provided when required based on needs identified in the other comprehensive plan elements.
 #11 The Historic Element considers the need for preserving and protecting the City’s past which includes historical, architectural, maritime, and archaeological sites.   The element:
  1. furthers the City’s founder, Isaac Trabue’s, vision of preserving land along the harbor for the public
  2. identifies historical, architectural, maritime, and archaeological and ecological sites of significance 
  3. educates the population on the importance of historical preservation 
  4. strengthens relationships with educational establishments and increase technology 
  5. utilizes the vast resources as a catalyst for increasing economic development, cultural heritage and sustainable tourism.


City staff invites you to read through the elements and provide comments and/or suggestions

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