• Do you think Tallahassee is growing in a way that sustains our neighborhoods as well as business?
  • From your perspective, what is the role of the Comp Plan in guiding development and protecting neighborhoods?
City Commission
Seat 1

Jack Porter

Our growth should be led by our citizens and not by developers. The Community should come together and decide how we should grow. We have amazing neighborhoods and it’s clear at one point we did good planning with effective citizen input. This is no longer the case and decisions are being made that serve the interests of developers not the community. The way we are growing now ignores the goals of the Plan and citizen input in favor of developers’ interests. The Commission is being told that development plans comply with the Comp Plan and we have to approve them. I don’t think this is true in many cases, and in others we should tighten up the loop-holes in the Plan that allow sprawl and the expansion of the urban services area (USA) when the Plan calls for the opposite. We are letting our infrastructure in the existing USA degrade while investing in infrastructure such as building roads in areas recently added to the USA where they are no plans to build.

The Comp Plan should serve as the guiding document for growth and development, and it should be enforced. It should reflect the vision of the community and not special interests.

Louis Dilbert

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Rudy Ferguson, Sr.

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Seat 2

Dot Inman-Johnson

No, the Comp Plan is being violated with the constant expansion of the urban services area (USA) annexing fingers far outside the current USA. The City is using taxpayer dollars to run infrastructure way out to places like Welaunee, before providing much needed maintenance and repairs to neighborhood in the existing USA. It has antiquated infrastructure including roads, stormwater conveyance, and sewer lines that need to be repaired before building roads that are not needed for Welaunee. They are using our money to do this for the benefit of large landowners and developers. Another example is the flooding in Jake Gaither Park. The City needs to deal with stormwater conveyance, and the Northwest Florida Water Management District indicated there are short-term fixes the city could implement, such as berms and retaining wall along the lakes, until capital is available for long-term solutions. Curtis Richardson, who lives nearby and takes great pride in constantly mentioning that he lives on the “southside” by choice, was missing in action when the flooding occurred.

If the City followed its own policies based on the Comp Plan, many of the problems we are currently experiencing would not have happened. Neighborhood preservation is a key goal of the Plan and should have prevented developer interests from continuously having projects approved that encroach on the interests of adjoining neighborhoods. The Plan calls for the preservation of trees, and creating walkable, high-quality affordable housing for the benefit of our community. The Comp Plan dictates where resources should be spent, with a focus on economic development and creating jobs. According to the Shimberg Center at the University of Florida, affordable rentals should be the number one strategy and priority for addressing homelessness and poverty. Tallahassee has a 20% poverty rate. 1 in 5 residents are not getting their basic needs met and are living in desperate poverty. The City loves to boast that we have the best economy of similar size cities in Florida or even the Nation. We can’t make this claim when we don’t use our resources to address poverty in our community. We are not ensuring that all of our citizens fairly share in the benefits derived from our public investments in the city.

Donna Nyak

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Curtis Richardson

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Bernard Stevens, Jr.

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County Commission
Group 1 – At Large

Carolyn Cummings

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David T Hawkins

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District 4

Brian Welch

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Isaac Montilla

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