Planning and Development Services
In late FY07, the City Manager completed a reorganization of
the Community Development Department into two distinct, but
coordinated, areas of City government. The Economic
Development, Planning and Zoning and Building Inspection Departments and Divisions were grouped to form the Planning and
Development Services Department. The Planning Division is
responsible for both long-range and current planning activities. The
Division also administers the Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) and the Historic Preservation Program. The Building
Inspection Division promotes safety by enforcing building,
electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fuel, fire prevention and life
safety codes. The Division's First Step Development Assistance
Center provides a convenient one-stop location where residents or
developers may receive permitting and development review
assistance. The Economic Development Division is responsible for
facilitating urban development and redevelopment citywide.
Activities are intended to nurture and develop local enterprises,
retain and expand the existing economic base and attract new
business entities to the community.
Graduated two businesses, ICU DataSystems and Axogen, Incorporated, from itsbusiness incubation program at the Gainesville Technology & Economic Development Center (GTEC). GTEC is at approximately 85% of capacity, housing 8-10 companies with approximately 58 employees. These companies expect to generate up to $8 million in the form of revenues, investment capital and research grants while using the facility. Land assembly for future development adjacent to the GTEC facility is nearing completion.
Worked to facilitate economic development at the Airport Industrial Park with the Florida Food Service expansion project nearing completion and development of remaining Airport Industrial Park land resources.
City staff also continues to collaborate with the University of Florida and Florida Department of Environmental Protection on efforts to resolve a pre-existing environmental condition on a potential site for a world-class Wind Hazard Research Facility.
Issued 8,907 permits for construction activity through the Building Division (down 19% from 11,000 permits issued in 2006) representing a total construction valuation of $2,827,000,000 (up more than 504 % over last year's $560 million valuation).
Performed over 25,217 building inspections.
Provided staff support to the Development Review Board, which processed 42 cases; the Plan Board, which processed 56 cases and the Board of Adjustment, which processed 19 cases.
Processed 673 requests for zoning compliance permits through the Planning Division.
Processed 108 Certificates of Appropriateness through the Historic Preservation Section.
Processed incentives through the Enterprise Zone program including approximately $9,000 in State of Florida business Equipment Sales Tax Refunds; $26,000 in State of Florida Building Materials Sales Tax Refunds and $170,000 in local incentives (including reductions in building, planning and occupational license fees).
Supported activity in the Enterprise Zone
program including coordination of Business Proclamations, the Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program and the Reichert House Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship (IYE) program.
Worked to build Gainesville's economy though collaborative efforts to successfully attract the Eclipse Aviation Maintenance and Servicing Center and DayJet Point-to-Point air commuter service to the Gainesville Regional Airport and assisted in the recruitment of the Wal-Mart Supercenter to East Gainesville.
Formed an Innovation Campus Task Force from amongst community leaders and performed due diligence on the site of a Gainesville Regional Utilities Maintenance property.
|This year two businesses, ICU DataSystems and Axogen, Inc., graduated from the City sponsored business incubation program at the Gainesville Technology & Economic Development Center (GTEC), pictured here and on page 22. GTEC is at approximately 85% capacity, housing 8-10 companies with approximately 58 employees. These companies are expected to generate up to $8 million in the form of revenues, investment capital and research grants while using the facility. Land assembly for future development adjacent to the GTEC facility is nearing completion to allow for further economic development opportunities.