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In 2004, a county-wide Smart Growth Implementation Committee was established that reviewed the principles of Smart Growth in relation to the issues facing Volusia County. That committee produced a report that broke the recommendations into seven subject areas or elements (listed below), 15 “keystone” recommendations and 49 additional recommendations that would implement the principles of Smart Growth in Volusia County. The actions taken so far on each element are also presented. The entire report is included on the City’s Planning web page.

Key Elements from Smart Growth Initiative Report (Volusia County)

  • Protect the Environmental Core – VCOG prepared a map that identified the primary areas to be preserved from development. The map was originally titled simply Map A, now it is referred to as the ECO map (Environmental Corridor Overlay map). A VCOG Smart Growth subcommittee is also working on a model for conservation subdivisions that would be utilized by developers in and near ECO lands.
  • Appropriately direct development – A VCOG Smart Growth subcommittee has been reviewing the concept of transferable development rights (TDR’s).
  • Develop livable communities – will be developed individually by each local jurisdiction.
  • Ensure the continued existence of agriculture – Agricultural lands are now included in the ECO lands.
  • Meet the infrastructure needs of growth - A VCOG Smart Growth subcommittee has been reviewing the concept of joint planning agreements (JPA) to ensure that growth in and around cities can be accommodated.
  • Integrate education – all cities and the county continue to participate in the school board’s Public Facilities Planning Committee.
  • Integrate economic development – an on going effort throughout the county.

The City of DeLand 2050 Vision Plan is intended to be strategically aligned with smart growth principles. The general principles of Smart Growth will be used in combination with the elements of the Smart Growth Initiative of Volusia County.  The full text of the report can be viewed by clicking here.

Let Us Know

Over the next several months, we will be attending events throughout the city where people can write down their thoughts on ways we can improve the city. Please write anything - but keep it clean and reasonable :)

There will be chalkboards located in Artisan Alley and on the south side of The Elusive Grape where you can write your thoughts down about any topic that you think will improve our city. Trader Joe's anyone?

Also, to get the word out, we have setup a selfie spot with our logo by each chalkboard. Please feel free to post a photo Facebook or Twitter with comments on how to better our community with the hashtag #YouAreDeLand - we might even share your ideas on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Ultimately, your comments will be used to guide the update to the city's 2050 Vision Plan.

The bottom line is we want your input on how we can make DeLand an awesome place to live, work and play for future generations.

Be sure to check back to this site for any updates or new announcements.

How you can contribute

Option 1

Come see our chalkboards at Artisan Alley or on the south side of The Elusive Grape where you can write comments on issues concerning the future of our community.

Picture of a chalkboard in Artisan Alley.
This chalkboard can be found in Artisan Alley.

This chalkboard can be found outside The Elusive Grape.

Option 2

If you cannot visit our chalkboards, we have a survey for you to fill out. Please consider taking a few minutes of your time to complete either one.

Short Survey
Longer Survey

Option 3

Attend one of the public events scheduled around the DeLand region. You will be able to discuss the present and future of the DeLand region with our staff and provide input about You Are DeLand. Keep an eye on this website and the City's Facebook page for updates.

Here are the events we are planning to attend:

  • Tropical Nights - July 19
  • Mayor's Backpack Giveaway - July 20
  • DeLand Craft Show - September 28

What's next?

Your input through the public participation process will shape future planning so please send us your comments and let others know about our project.

As we compile citizens' comments in the coming months, we will ultimately present what we have learned and provide more opportunities to receive input at future public meetings. This should help us focus on key aspects of our community's future as the city updates its plans.

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