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CENTRAL FLORIDA REGIONAL GROWTH VISION

HOW SHALL WE GROW? CREATING A SHARED VISION FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA
MARCH 2006 - AUGUST 2007


Central Florida residents desire a future where the region consumes less land, preserves more precious environmental resources and natural countryside, creates more distinctive places to live in both rural and urban areas, and provides more choices for how people travel.

That was the message presented on August 10, 2007, as the Shared Growth Vision for Central Florida was unveiled before an audience of more than 500 Central Floridians at the “How Shall We Grow?” Regional Summit held at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

“How Shall We Grow?” was an 18-month campaign to Create a Shared Growth Vision for Central Florida where nearly 20,000 Central Florida residents were involved in creating a shared vision for how our region can grow between now and 2050, when the population is expected to double from 3.5 million to 7.2 million people.

Sixteen elected officials representing city and county governments and school boards of the seven Central Florida counties, spent a year developing a regional compact and policy framework that takes the shared vision and identifies specific policies that can be implemented to ensure we move toward achieving the vision. As part of the Summit, they relayed their pledge, made on behalf of elected officials from throughout the region, to continue working together to address the key regional issues facing Central Florida. They also outlined the key principles and themes articulated in the vision.

The vision embraces a future that is different than our current path where the amount of developed land in Central Florida will double by 2050 to more than 5,200 square miles.   

Four key themes emerged from the How Shall We Grow? campaign demonstrating how the future of Central Florida can be different if future policies and practices are based on the 4 C’s: Conservation, Countryside, Centers and Corridors:

•  Conservation - Establish a “Green Areas” conservation footprint.  
•  Countryside - Preserve countryside outside of centers.
•  Centers - Promote growth in current city, town or village centers and encourage the development of additional population centers to counter the current pattern of sprawling development. 
•  Corridors - Connect centers with a balance of roads, light rail, streetcars and buses planned by county transportation planners cooperating regionally.

To achieve the four themes, citizens and leaders have identified six principles that should guide future growth decisions region wide:

•  Preserve Open Space, Recreational Areas, Farmland, Water Resources, and Regionally Significant Natural Areas.
•  Provide a Variety of Transportation Choices.
•  Foster Distinct, Attractive, and Safe Places to Live.
•  Encourage a Diverse, Globally Competitive Economy.
•  Create a Range of Obtainable Housing Opportunities and Choices.
•  Build Communities with Educational, Health Care, and Cultural Amenities

The following partners supported the How Shall We Grow? Project and regional collaboration efforts in Central Florida: Florida Department of Community Affairs (FDCA), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Central Florida MPO Alliance, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), myregion.org and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce.