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Mark Palmer

Wildlife Educator

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Sharon Feldman

Program Manager

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Joanie Davis

Executive Director

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Brian Wang


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Debbie Stillman

Conservation Director

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Danny Williams

Restoration Coordinator

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Process and Schedule.

  • Project Kick-off

  • GPAG Meeting

  • Community Outreach

  • Worksessions

  • Community Baseline Assessment

  • 60 Day Review

  • Final General Plan Development

  • Formal Adoption

  • Voter Ratification



  • Community Survey

  • Online Engagement

  • Community Workshops

  • General Plan Roadshows

  • Focus Groups

  • Draft General Plan Elements

  • GPAG Meetings

  • Community Outreach

  • Worksessions

This initial phase of the General Plan Update process focuses on reviewing background information and conducting initial project meetings to develop an understanding of some of the key issues, opportunities, and challenges to be addressed within the update effort.


This phase culminates with the development of a baseline Community Assessment Report. This report summarizes existing community trends and conditions, provides inventory maps, analyzes projected growth conditions and land demand, and reviews the current General Plan document. Please visit the “Review Project Documents” section to view this document.

This cornerstone phase of the project is carried out over the entire life of the project. Efforts within this phase focus on utilizing multiple outreach tools (e.g. interactive online software, social media, community meetings, and youth workshops) to understand community preferences and assist in developing policies that guide the formulation of all draft and final plan documents. Please visit the “Get Involved” section to learn more about how you can share your input, review the input of others, as well as identify upcoming meetings and events.

This phase begins with establishing the overall structure of the plan and defining the basic framework of the individual themes or chapters that make up the plan. With this framework in place, all of the material developed and feedback obtained during previous phases is consolidated into a complete Public Review Draft of the updated General Plan that includes goals, policies, implementing actions, maps, and illustrations.

The final phase of the project centers on addressing public review comments of the draft plan in order to prepare the Public Hearing Final Draft of the General Plan Update for Planning Commission consideration and Town Council adoption. This phase also includes the development of a digital, interactive, web-based Plan. Once adopted by Town Council, the General Plan Update is anticipated to be placed on the August 2020 ballot for final ratification by Florence voters.