Environmental Review


The City of Gainesville Comprehensive Plan provides the goals, objectives, and policies for the protection and conservation of natural and environmental resources within the incorporated limits of the City.  Regulations implementing these environmental policies are contained in the City of Gainesville Land Development Code – Chapter 30, available online through Municode.

City environmental and urban forestry staff are responsible for reviewing land use and zoning changes, special use permits, site plans, and other development activities for potential impacts to regulated natural and urban forest resources in Gainesville. These resources include surface waters and wetlands, trees and vegetation of the urban landscape, significant natural communities, significant archaeological resources, significant geological features, strategic ecosystem areas, listed plant and animal species, and highly vulnerable Floridan aquifer recharge areas.  
For more information about environmental review provided through the Planning and Development Services Department, please contact John Hendrix, Environmental Coordinator, at (352) 393-8347, or email hendrixjw@cityofgainesville.org.  For information regarding landscape and tree management requirements for new land developments, please contact Earline Luhrman, Urban Forestry Inspector, at (352) 393-8188, or email luhrmanek@cityofgainesville.org.


Application forms for Environmental Review, Natural Resources Review Exemption, and information guides for environmental review fees and fee payment are available below as well as through Forms and Applications at the Planning Department webpage.