Four Themes (4C's)
HOW SHALL WE GROW?
CENTRAL FLORIDA REGIONAL GROWTH VISION
FOUR KEY THEMES (THE 4 C's):
CONSERVATION, COUNTRYSIDE, CENTERS AND CORRIDORS
Through surveys, meetings, blogs, and other conversations, Central Florida’s residents, business leaders, and elected officials overwhelmingly embrace a future that is different than our current path. A future in which the Central Florida region is recognized as a world-class place to live, learn, work, and play. A future where people with diverse backgrounds and talents come together to enhance a global economy that rivals the greatest cities in the world. A future where the natural beauty and other amenities that are unique to our region are enjoyed by all. A future in which Central Florida consumes less land, preserves more precious environmental resources, creates more distinctive places to live in both rural and urban areas, and provides choices for how people travel.
A future that reflects four key themes: Conservation, Countryside, Centers and Corridors.
Enjoying Central Florida’s most precious resources – lands, waters, air, and wildlife
Central Florida’s natural setting is world-renowned and precious to all of us. Within an hour’s drive, Central Floridians can enjoy swimming at the beach, canoeing or hiking at a natural spring or trail, or riding a bike on the most challenging trails in the state.
Central Floridians seek to ensure that our natural resources are available to our children and grandchildren. We want them to be able to access and enjoy our beaches, parks, trails, and recreation areas. We want them to see how irreplaceable wildlife, plants, and ecosystems can thrive alongside a dynamic economy. We also never want them to worry about whether they will have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.
We will significantly expand the amount of land preserved for posterity, including our critical lands and
waters. These additional conservation lands will create many newspaces for recreation, wildlife, and groundwater recharge. Conservation lands will be connected in a necklace of “green” corridors throughout the region that preserve natural ecosystems and provide better mobility for wildlife and recreational travelers. Growth in water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced, so that even as we add 3.5 million residents, our overall “footprint” on the environment can be limited.
Maintaining Central Florida’s heritage of agriculture and small villages
Agriculture will remain a viable option for large swaths of the region’s land. Local farms will continue to provide a significant portion of our food supply, as well as valuable exports to other states and nations.
Farms, hamlets, small towns, and undeveloped countryside will remain a key element of Central Florida’s landscape. They will provide choices for where people live and wide open spaces for people to enjoy. They also will provide soft edges to the major urban areas, rather than having a seemingly unending string of development.
Rural communities will enjoy a renaissance among retirees, visitors, and families. Central Florida’s small towns will combine a relaxed quality of life with easy access to world-class urban centers throughout the region. They also will have easy access to markets in other regions, states, and nations through our modern transportation and communications systems.
Hamlets, villages, towns and cities – a variety of places to live, work, and play
Distinctive cities and towns will provide choices for how Central Floridians live. Communities will meet the needs of residents, from those who want to live in a downtown high rise to those who desire a five-acre lot in the country.
The region’s most vibrant centers will provide a mix of residential and commercial development. These will include traditional cities like Daytona Beach, Mount Dora, Lakeland, Sanford, and Orlando, as well as new urban developments including Dundee, Palm Bay, Altamonte Springs, and Deltona. Other centers will be more focused on economic drivers, such as the areas surrounding Orlando International Airport, the University of Central Florida, Cape Canaveral, and the region’s world-renowned attractions.
Rich architectural details, urban parks, and commercial and cultural amenities will create a unique feel for each center. Most urban areas will have fewer single-family homes and an increased mix of apartments and condominiums. Schools, jobs, shopping, health care facilities, and cultural amenities will be located in close proximity to residential areas. Residents will feel safe and secure and will see Central Florida as a place where they can both raise families and retire.
Connecting our region with more choices for how people and freight move
Transportation corridors will provide the glue that links Central Florida’s diverse centers to each other, and to the rest of the world.
Central Florida will shift from a region that overwhelmingly depends on cars and trucks to offering its residents, businesses, and visitors a wide range of travel options.
Many people in the most compact urban centers will be able to walk, bicycle, or take a bus or streetcar to school or work. People moving between centers will be able to drive or use transit or passenger rail systems. And people and freight moving between Central Florida and other parts of the world will have a full range of choices – from highspeed expressways and rail systems to some of the world’s most efficient airports, one of the nation’s largest cruise passenger ports, and the nation’s largest andmost capable commercial spaceport.
Greater choices and shorter trips will help reduce congestion on the region’s key highways, saving time, money, and stress for residents and businesses.