Margate 2.0 - Creating a Vision for the Future

Margate has arrived at a crossroads in its 60+ year development history. The Margate Comprehensive Plan - Future Land Use Element required by Florida State Statute is significantly out of date.  In addition, the Community Redevelopment Area (MCRA) Plan sunsets in less than ten years; yet much of its work plan remains to be completed.  The backdrop to these two issues is: a) Margate is now essentially “built out” with little vacant land available for all uses, and b) City Commission has directed that the Transit Oriented Corridor (TOC) land use classification be repealed.  Suffice to say, a 50-year vision for the future needs to be formulated.

In order for this significant planning initiative to be successful, Margate officials and staff realize a public consensus must be built Margate Comprehensive Plan Logoaround this future Vision Statement.  For a community vision to be valid and supported, it must be consistent with the needs, aspirations and values of its residents, business owners, civic leaders and other stakeholders. If it is not, it will likely be ignored by the community and not draw the required sustained support. The visioning process itself usually expands the community’s thinking and understanding of as the desired future is articulated

Some think a community vision is just about buildings and places. Perhaps this is because so much of a community’s planning for the future is about physical space and facilities. While a community vision process includes aspects of physical design, its focus is much broader. A visioning process is about defining the type of community residents want to live in five, ten, twenty, fifty years from now. It is about the experiences one wants to have and the experiences one wants for children and grandchildren. It is about how and where one earns a living, or receives an education, or obtains all the necessities of life, enjoys recreation and contributes to a better Margate.

In sum it is about the values the community wants to live by, the opportunities and experiences they want to have, and the legacy they want to leave. Over the next few months, numerous opportunities for meaningful public participation and input will become established.  These efforts include establishing webpages, engaging on social media, holding neighborhood meetings and workshops to gather input and other activities.  Please watch for future information and