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In early 2014, the St. Augustine City Commission choose 15 community leaders representing businesses, institutions and residents and charged the group with developing a vision for the city's future. Over the next year and a half, this steering committee held 20 open-to-the-public meetings, three town hall meetings and a community-wide survey that drew over 500 responses, all with the single goal of setting priorities and goals for the city's future.
In early June, 2015, the steering committee presented its final report to the City Commission and were congratulated and thanks for a job well done.
The contents of the Visioning 2014 & Beyond Vision Plan are below, or may be viewed and printed by clicking here.
Dear Members of the City Commission,
For well over a year, The Vision 2014 & Beyond Steering Committee engaged in a open dialogue with the St. Augustine community through surveys, town halls, and many neighbor-to-neighbor conversations with one aim: to understand the trends and forces that will shape the future for the City of St. Augustine.
Then, after many hours working to define the future our community desires, taking into account the needs, hopes, expectations, and values of our residents, property owners, businesses and visitors, we developed a roadmap to that future: The 2014 & Beyond Vision Plan.
We believe this vision plan articulates a shared vision, the underlying principle that will guide our efforts, the results we seek to achieve through this effort, and specific goals and objectives to focus our future work.
We thank you for the opportunity to participate in the initiative and look forward to a bright future for the Nation’s Oldest City.
Roxanne Horvath, Vice Mayor/Commissioner
Steering Committee Chair
Steering Committee Members
(* Original committee members serving throughout the visioning initiative)
Herb Marlowe, Analytica Consulting, Facilitator
The Vision Statement
St. Augustine will be a livable, authentic, waterfront city that builds upon its rich history and environment to create a distinctive community character founded on a healthy and vibrant economy, a diverse mix of people and experiences, and a valuing of its natural assets.
Guiding Principle: Balance
The development and execution of the Vision Plan will consistently seek to develop and use a set of governing principles, practices, and processes that balance the interests of residents, businesses, institutions, and visitors which contribute to a livable, authentic, character based, and vital community.
The Four Approaches
The Steering committee reached consensus that there are four approaches critical to the success of the Visioning 2014 & Beyond Vision Plan.
A Call To Action
Time and time again, whether among ourselves or in community dialogue, we heard “we have been saying this for years” or “the 1995 vision said this and nothing was done.” The fact that the same challenges were repeatedly identified by various studies with no results was a familiar statement.
We recognize that much of what is proposed will take time to implement, and acknowledging that we don’t want to engage in “ready...fire...aim” approaches, we still need to “fire.”
There are actions that can be initiated now and those should be identified and implemented quickly. Also, recognizing that trying to do everything at once means nothing gets done, we have identified the priority that should be the first focus of the City. We believe creating progress on this first priority will generate the confidence, trust, and energy to address other goals and objectives. Communication of this progress in multiple ways will be critical.
The First Priority
In order to ascertain the first priority, we analyzed two critical concerns.
The first was livability. Residents, businesses, and visitors all want a City that is livable, a City that retains those important quality of life aspects critical for resident and visitors alike.
There was agreement that the community wants a more vibrant and dynamic city, and there was agreement that a strong and viable business community is critical to sustain the City. As these concerns were analyzed, we identified one barrier that stands in the way of successfully addressing these two concerns: the lack of mobility.
Traffic and parking were consistently identified in every conversation with every group, thus we recommend that the first priority of the City be developing and implementing a holistic solution that encompasses parking solutions, alternative means of transport, creative uses of existing assets, and accessibility.
The Need For Balance
A constant voice throughout the community was the value placed on St. Augustine as a living community and the need to manage the tensions and pressures that all living communities have as they seek to make choices about their future.
St. Augustine experiences the natural tension present in communities with an extensive tourism industry, the pressures of large numbers of visitors vs. the daily experience of residential life in such a community. St. Augustine certainly has those tensions.
Tourism undergirds much of our economy, bringing both benefits and costs, and while tourism generates much of the tension mentioned before, we also recognize that the industry brings economic benefits and is the source of the many quality of life features that would not otherwise exist in a similar sized city.
Therefore we stress as our core principle the practice of balance where the values and needs of all community members be heard, understood and considered as decisions are made and policies established. This requires a process in which balanced solutions or decisions are the explicit goal.
Execution and Accountability
A vision is just that, a vision, if there is no action. For this vision plan to become realized, we all must assume responsibility for it.
We propose an annual community review of progress toward the goals and objectives stated in this vision plan so there may be a discussion of accomplishments and renewed commitment to priorities. We leave to the Commission the decision as to the format for this review, but we do encourage that it be as public and participatory as feasible. To review status, the Commission will need to ensure that there is a measurement system in place to measure progress.
This Vision Plan is intended to produce four results:
The City of St. Augustine is a safe and pleasant place to live where the experiences and services that make life enjoyable and rewarding are accessible. It is a welcoming and compassionate community that embraces diversity in all senses of that term. The intent of this theme is that St. Augustine be an even more desirable place to live by offering the full range of experiences that make a city highly livable.
The City of St. Augustine has protected its rich layers of history while adding to those layers as a living and dynamic community which is fully engaged in today’s world. The intent of this theme is that
St. Augustine remain a work, live, play city that is multi-generational and culturally diverse and that it will manage change while also protecting its distinctive features.
The City of St. Augustine has protected its historic physical character by maintaining its built scale, its architecture, its intensity and density of uses, and its natural environment. It has also maintained and strengthened its social and cultural character through continued development as an arts and culture hub, a culinary destination, and a small town of both historical and architectural depth. It is the intent of the Vision Plan to protect, retain or enhance those features of the city (be they natural, built, or human) which make St. Augustine a historic and distinctive community.
It is the Vision Plan’s intent to enhance the level of economic activity in the City so as to encourage the development of diverse existing and new entrepreneurial economic drivers, maintain and restore a rich and healthy physical eco-system, and support a diverse group of people who find St. Augustine home.
Following, in a strategy map format, is the work proposed by the Vision Plan to realize the vision and achieve the four strategic results. (Click on image for larger view.)
Additional information regarding the work of the Visioning 2014 & Beyond Steering Committee is available by clicking here.