The Blueprint 2000 program administers projects funded by the one cent sales tax collected in Leon County.
OUR MISSION – To implement the Blueprint 2000 program in a timely and cost effective manner, utilizing sound but innovative business practices, while keeping the citizenry informed and involved.
OUR VISION – Preserve, protect, and enhance the community’s quality of life through the implementation of holistic and coordinated planning, transportation, water quality, environmental and green space projects consistent with the Blueprint 2000 philosophy.
INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING – HOLISTIC APPROACH
The Blueprint 2000 program is based on a concept of holistic infrastructure planning. This concept looks at the idea of individual infrastructure projects not being planned at the exclusion of other possible benefits to the community, but that they are incorporated into a multiuse purpose. There are several components of the Blueprint Plan that link together and focus on the numerous aspects and benefits to the community.
Webster’s Dictionary defines holistic as, “relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts”.
Initiative 2 of the “Blueprint 2000 and Beyond” report prepared by the Economic and Environmental Consensus Committee (EECC) recommends a holistic approach in identifying, planning and implementing infrastructure improvements. The report states:
“A key to solving our local challenges is first to view economic, environmental, and social values as complementary and interdependent. Then we can begin to design long-range solutions that have “synergy” – multiple benefits to our community that become greater than their sum. Each public or private project can have synergy, if “green” infrastructure projects are integrated with the “gray” in funding and design, and if the preservation of natural resources is carefully tied to appropriate transportation and land use planning.”
The Blueprint report further states:
“With projects coordinated to achieve multiple goals, community needs will be better served. If these projects are planned on a community-wide basis to integrate greenways with roadways, stormwater facilities with lake protection, mixed-use development with open spaces, and floodplain preservation with recreational lands, the net result will be the implementation of public policy in a more timely and efficient manner.”
Factors that become connected and are positively affected by the holistic planning approach are current flooding/stormwater management/water quality retrofit, alternative transportation provision and public accessibility, greenway development, and improved land use compatibility with adjacent land uses.
Flooding/Stormwater Management/Water Quality
The Blueprint approach addresses stormwater and flooding by creating ponds and purchasing floodplains that would retain and treat surface water for purposes of minimizing flood impacts and improving water quality, as well as incorporation of public amenities. Under the Blueprint philosophy, “multi-use facilities” would be created using “soft-engineering” which incorporates a more landscaped, natural feel environment for the retention pond versus the steep slope, chain link fence variety that is more commonly constructed. Stormwater ponds become multi-use through reduced side slope design, integration of trail and path access, seating and lighting, landscaping and recreation features.
Public Access/Alternative Transportation
In order to provide transportation alternatives, holistic infrastructure planning incorporates pedestrian and bicycle trails into greenways and includes sidewalks and bike lanes on roadway projects to provide increased access to community features such as parks, neighborhoods, the Downtown area, the universities and TCC. Future transit service will be accommodated through the provision of dedicated transit corridors, as appropriate. Such alternative transportation modes, combined with improved land use integration and implementation, will enhance the mobility and physical lifestyle of residents, and ultimately result in fully walk-able and bike-able sectors of town.
Compatibility with Adjacent Land Use
An important aspect of holistic infrastructure planning is the emphasis placed on coordinating individual Blueprint project plans with the future vision for an area and the requirements and direction stipulated in the adopted comprehensive plan or as provided in an area-specific sector plan. Blueprint will look at how their capital improvements and amenities will affect or be affected by surrounding natural, man-made, and socio-economic conditions. Integrating the area’s current state of affairs and the future improvements proposed by Blueprint will create a more focused and complete inclusion of the overall community vision.