During their 2/17/2021 meeting the Board of County Commissioners approved funding for the American Beach Heritage Master Plan (name subject to change). The Plan has the following components:
Identify Context (boundaries, zoning, history & culture, population & demographics, natural environment, previous studies)
Determine Community Needs (walking tours, advisory committee workshops, stakeholder interviews, public listening sessions, community survey)
Analyze Public Realm (historic sites, existing/proposed parks, conservation areas), streets, sidewalks, and trails
Determine long-range Public Realm Vision (guiding principles, trends, best practices, visioning workshops)
The County retained a talented team of consultants for this effort including, the late Dr. David Barth, a nationally known parks planner;Ennis Davis, urban planner and civic activist; and Carlos Perez, an Atlanta-based parks planner and urban designer. The kick-off for this effort was held on April 10, 2021 at the big tent in Burney Park, at 9 AM, and after multiple community meetings over the next year, the plan was completed in draft form in July, 2022. See link below for draft master plan.