The Comprehensive Plan is the document that defines the city’s long-range intentions regarding the nature and direction of future development. It contains elements on land use, transportation, community facilities, urban design and housing. Prepared every 5 to 10 years by the Planning Department, it reflects contributions from other city departments, public agencies and citizens. Adopted by the City Commission after a series of public hearings, the Comprehensive Plan establishes policy for evaluating choices about the physical development of the city.
The purpose of the housing element and input from the Community Development department is to provide objectives, goals and a policy framework that will guide future housing development and redevelopment to meet existing and forecasted housing needs and demands within Panama City. The needs of the local population must be considered so that future housing provides a range of housing opportunities for various groups and people of different income levels.
Copies of the Comprehensive Plan can be reviewed online or in person by visiting the Planning Department located on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building, 9 Harrison Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, please call 850-872-3025.