Chuck Dixon/Special to the Chronicle
The initial Citrus 2020 Vision Plan was done in 1995. The county population was 107,000 back then and today it has increased to 145,000. In the next 20 years the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) is projecting an additional 33,500 residents using the midrange calculation.
The initial Citrus 2020 participants recognized the need for growth management and the infrastructure and services necessary to serve the growing population. Actionable items were identified to help us achieve the desired results; a well-planned, healthy and viable community.
For the Growth Management Focus Group, the newly adopted comprehensive plan was to be “the cornerstone” which enables us to achieve our vision. Development was to be “well thought out ..., (and) reflected in a comprehensive plan which accommodates the needs for residential neighborhoods, businesses, industry, and parks.
Redevelopment and reuse of our assets was to ensure their place in our future. Density control and in-fill of partially developed areas will have become a realistic part of the county’s comprehensive plan.”
For the Infrastructure and Services Focus Group, the focus was on exercising control of and protecting the countywide water supply, providing central water and sewer systems, and for establishing mandatory recycling and garbage collection.
In addition, transportation planning was identified as a priority for roads, transit services, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements.