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Commission takes steps toward organizing the city's visioning initiative
At its regular meeting on November 20, the city commission took an additional step in organizing the city's visioning initiative, the subject of two recent workshops.
By consensus, the commission charged Commissioner Roxanne Horvath with chairing the initiative and its 12-member steering committee. Mayor Boles, Vice Mayor Sikes-Kline and Commissioners Freeman and Crichlow will each appoint three people to the steering committee to represent the city's residential, business and institutional communities.
With the challenge of coordinating schedules during the upcoming holidays, it is not likely the steering committee will meet until soon after the first of the year.
St. Augustine, as the nation’s oldest city, is a community of great heritage. With emphasis on tourism as its main economic driving force, the city enjoys a superior residential quality of life enhanced by a unique architectural history and an ambiance which is preserved to attract the arts, culture and a flourishing downtown business sector, St. Augustine is surrounded by thriving modern communities which recognize the importance of the historic downtown to overall economic vitality.
This is the vision statement resulting from the city’s 1995 community-wide St. Augustine Vision Planning Project, an effort involving over 200 members of the community, meeting in 10 topic driven committees over months to develop a blueprint for what they defined as a vision for St. Augustine’s future.
The city commission has now launched a new visioning initiative at the urging of Commissioner Roxanne Horvath who brought the proposal to her fellow commissioners. The first step was a commission workshop on Wednesday October 2 when commissioners met for their first discussion of the proposed project followed by a subsequent workshop on November 4. Agenda and minutes for those meetings are available below.
In 1995, the 10 planning element committees were each charged with addressing a specific topic. Each committee had a chair and a facilitator who in turn served on an overall steering committee. The number of members on each committee varied with Arts and Culture having the most members at 35, but the average number being about 20 members. The 1995 project committees were:
Arts and Culture,
Pedestrian/Vehicular Traffic Systems,
Each committee developed its own topic related vision statement, identified objectives related to the topic and then specific strategies related to each objective. For instance, the Historic Resources committee identified thirty-three strategies needed to achieve its four objectives. All total, the project developed over 200 specific strategies, some to be achieved by government, and many others by community organizations working alone or with government.
A year after the 1995 Vision Planning Project report was presented to the commission, city staff provided a progress report to the commission noting that in just a year, 52%, or 101 of the 194 strategies identified as the city’s responsibility, had been completed. In a subsequent progress report two years later in January 1998, city staff reported that of the strategies assigned to the city, 81% were completed and of the overall vision plan three-quarters of the proposed actions been accomplished with many of the remaining strategies simply not being feasible or being outside of the city’s control.
A review of the three documents, the original 1995 report and the two subsequent progress reports, makes it clear that the visioning initiative brought together a great many members of the community from diverse backgrounds a with wide range of experience to work on a single goal: mapping out a better tomorrow for St. Augustine.
There are many documents that may be of interest and very helpful to those who wish to participate in the visioning initiative. The following list will be updated as additional resources are identified.
1). City Commission visioning meetings
2.) 1995 St. Augustine Vision Planning Project
3). Strategic Planning Library
Follow the links below to see reports and studies that will be helpful resources while working with the new visioning initiative. Thank you to the University of Florida Historic St. Augustine for assistance in gathering these documents in digital format.
To receive regular updates on the visioning initiative, please send an email to email@example.com requesting to be placed on the update roster.