Latest News from the City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville is hosting a series of public workshops to help inform the work of the newly created Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area (GCRA) over the course of the next ten years. The meetings will be held the week of November 4 in each of the four previous community redevelopment areas – Eastside, Fifth Ave Pleasant Street, Downtown and College Park University Heights.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) invites residents to give feedback on conceptual designs for the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center (Blue Center), located at 1701 NE Eighth Ave., and Duval Park, located at 520 NE 21st St. Please join us to share your feedback Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Duval Early Learning Academy, which is located at 2106 NE Eighth Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

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It is student move-in time in Gainesville! This year, that includes The Standard at Gainesville, located at the intersection of 13th Street and University Avenue, opening its doors to 1,200 students on Friday, Aug. 18. Given the location and number of students, the City of Gainesville is providing an unprecedented level of coordination to ensure the building and site are safe for students moving in, pedestrians and motorists.

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The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) invites residents to give their feedback on conceptual designs for Northside Park (5701 NW 34th Blvd.) at an upcoming open house.

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The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce a change in its regular 40-hour work week from the current 7 a.m.-6 p.m., four-day work schedule to an 8 a.m.-5 p.m., five-day work week, beginning Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. As the City of Gainesville General Government continues to evolve as a citizen-centered organization, we are excited by the opportunity to revise city employee regular work schedules to attain this goal.

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The Department of Doing launched Right Site, a web-based zoning portal designed to help users research and explore the City of Gainesville’s zoning ordinance. This new tool provides each applicant a customized map of the location of where their planned project is allowed to operate, and help them understand where uses are allowed “by right” or where they may need to go in front of a review board and/or the city commission. Right Site is available at

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The Department of Doing wants to make it easier for people to know what new development is being considered for Gainesville. On May 4, the department is launching a web-based map, showing all development plans that are under review or recently approved by the city. This allows users to know what is happening in or around their neighborhood, and shows the location of all new projects that are under review and approved.

For each project, the status, application date, project completion date and review cycle are shown with a drawing of the project. “This is part of an ongoing effort to make the development process transparent for our community,” said Department of Doing Director Wendy Thomas. “Our goal is to ensure citizens know what development is occurring.  Whether that is putting a sign on the site, putting an ad in the newspaper or creating a map-based notice.“

The website may be accessed online here.
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The City of Gainesville and the University of Florida Bob Graham Center for Public Service have partnered to establish a fellowship opportunity for undergraduate UF students during the 2017-2018 academic year.

City Manager Anthony Lyons is pleased to announce the creation of a new department, the Strategic Initiatives Department, which will be headed by Carrie Blanchard Bush, who initially led the Citizen-Centered Gainesville initiative. The creation of the department comes after months of combined efforts to find new approaches to major institutional priorities, such as the city budget process and its strategic plan, as well as how citizens and community stakeholders engage with the city.

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Mobile City Hall is bringing city services to the Albert “Ray” Massey (Westside) Recreation Center Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Mobile City Hall is a design experiment to bring city services to the community, rather than having the community come to City Hall, and is part of making the City of Gainesville the most citizen-centered city in the nation.

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