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LAND USE

Land-use planning is the process of regulating the use of land in an effort to promote more desirable social and environmental outcomes as well as a more efficient use of resources. Goals of land use planning may include environmental conservation, restraint of urban sprawl, minimization of transport costs, prevention of land use conflicts, and a reduction in exposure to pollutants. By and large, the uses of land determine the diverse socioeconomic activities that occur in a specific area, the patterns of human behavior they produce, and their impact on the environment.

In urban planning, land use planning seeks to order and regulate land use in an efficient and ethical way, thus preventing land use conflicts. Governments use land use planning to manage the development of land within their jurisdictions. In doing so, the governmental unit can plan for the needs of the community while safeguarding natural resources. To this end, it is the systematic assessment of land and water potential, alternatives for land use, and economic and social conditions in order to select and adopt the best land use options.[1] Often one element of a comprehensive plan, a land use plan provides a vision for the future possibilities of development in neighborhoods, districts, cities, or any defined planning area.

In the United States, the terms land use planning, regional planning, urban planning, and urban design are often used interchangeably, and will depend on the state, county, and/or project in question. Despite confusing nomenclature, the essential function of land use planning remains the same whatever term is applied. The Canadian Institute of Planners offers a definition that land use planning means the scientific, aesthetic, and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities.[2] The American Planning Association states that the goal of land use planning is to further the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations.[3]

CM Becton Cuts the Ribbon for District 11’s Newest Fire Station #74

CM Becton Cuts the Ribbon for District 11’s Newest Fire Station #74

Jacksonville, FL (July 27, 2022) -- Council Member Danny Becton, along with Mayor Lenny Curry, Council President Terrance Freeman, and JFRD Chief Keith Powers officially declared Fire Station #74 operational at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this morning.  It was just last September that the city had the groundbreaking ceremony within ETown, near the 9B / ETown Parkway Interchange. Now, nearly 10 months later, Fire Station #74 is ready to serve the...

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CM Becton Welcomes New Corporate Headquarters Office for RISE

CM Becton Welcomes New Corporate Headquarters Office for RISE

Jacksonville, FL (July 21, 2022) – Council Member Danny Becton was on hand for a ribbon cutting event to welcome District 11’s newest corporate relocation to the area, RISE.  Originally from Valdosta, GA, Rise moved their corporate headquarters to Jacksonville early last year, and in December 2021 found their permanent location, with the purchase of a 60,000 Sq. Ft. building within Deerwood Park at 10161 Centurion Parkway N. Founded in 1995,...

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CM Becton Provides Information on COJ’s “Free” Tree Planting Program

CM Becton Provides Information on COJ’s “Free” Tree Planting Program

Jacksonville, FL (June 24, 2022) – It is quite often that our office will receive inquiries about what programs exist to allow for residents to request trees to be planted in their neighborhood.  The City of Jacksonville does have such a program, “The 630-CITY Tree Planting Program”, which is funded through the Tree Mitigation Fund and free to Duval County residents.  In response to these inquiries, Council Member Danny Becton met with the...

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CM Becton Cuts the Ribbon for Permanent Fire Station 63

CM Becton Cuts the Ribbon for Permanent Fire Station 63

​ Jacksonville, FL (October 26, 2021) – Council Member Danny Becton, along with Mayor Lenny Curry, JFRD Chief Keith Powers, and Council Vice President Terrance Freeman officially declared Fire Station 63 operational at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this morning. Last year, ground was broken at the site off Gate Parkway near Burnt Mill Road after years of work and advocacy from Council Member Becton in finding and then leading the purchase of the...

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CM Becton Welcomes “Battery Source” to District 11

CM Becton Welcomes “Battery Source” to District 11

Jacksonville, FL (September 23, 2021) – This morning, Jacksonville welcomed its newest family-owned and operated business, Battery Source. While they have been in operation at their current location for the past six months, today was the official opening of the Beach Blvd location. CM Becton was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for their second location in Jacksonville and first in District 11. Founded in 1958 by Ray Glass, Battery...

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