About the Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan is a translation of community values and aspirations into public policy. The Plan includes Goals, Objectives, and Policies intended to guide economic, social, physical, environmental, and fiscal development of the community over the next twenty years. To ensure a unified vision, the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan is a joint document adopted by both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County.
Tallahassee and Leon County jointly developed their first comprehensive plan in 1981. As a result of growth management legislation at the State level, the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan was rewritten in 1990.The Comprehensive Plan is a dynamic document and can be amended on an annual basis. Information concerning the amendment process is available in the Comprehensive Plan Amendments section.
Online Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan is comprised of multiple Elements, each addressing certain aspects of the community. Each Element is made up of aspirational goals, measureable objectives, and strategic policies. Goals are the long-term ends to which programs and activities are ultimately directed. Objectives are specific, measurable, intermediate ends that are achievable and mark progress towards goals. Policies are programs and activities conducted to achieve identified objectives and goals.
The Complete Comprehensive Plan
Download Complete Comprehensive Plan (24.6MB PDF).
Note: The Table of Contents and General Index contained within the above PDF of the Complete Comprehensive Plan are for reference only and are not adopted.
Individual Comprehensive Plan Elements
- Introduction; Vision Statement
- Future Land Use Element and Land Use Addendum
- Mobility Element
- Utilities Element
- Conservation Element
- Parks and Recreation Element
- Housing Element
- Historic Preservation Element
- Intergovernmental Coordination Element
- Capital Improvements Element and Capital Improvements Schedule
- Economic Development Element
- Public School Facilities Element
- Plan Monitoring and Evaluation Procedures
DISCLAIMER: This online version of the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan is posted for the convenience of the public. Effort has been made to ensure that the information contained herein is accurate and up-to-date. However, neither the City of Tallahassee nor Leon County provide any guarantee, express or implied, as to the accuracy and/or completeness of the information contained herein; nor shall either the City of Tallahassee or Leon County be liable for any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions, represented by the information contained herein. Furthermore, in no event will the City of Tallahassee or Leon County be liable for any lost profits or any damages, including direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or any other types of damages, arising out of the use of this electronic version of the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan on the Internet.
If you are relying upon the Comprehensive Plan to make a legal decision or a decision regarding purchase of property, you are urged to contact the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department directly and to review an official printed copy of the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The City of Tallahassee and Leon County hold an annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle. Holding an annual cycle makes it easier for citizens to monitor and participate in the public review process and provides for efficient use of staff, outreach, and advertising resources. Information on current and recent amendment cycles is provided below.
How to file a Comprehensive Plan Amendment
To request an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, you must attend a pre-application conference and submit a completed application. Application forms for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle are available below. To request a map amendment, you must be the owner of the subject property or a legally authorized agent of the owner. Based on direction provided by both the City Commission and Board of County Commissioners, all citizen-initiated text amendments must be approved by at least two City commissioners or three County commissioners prior to incorporation into the plan amendment cycle. Staff will coordinate seeking this direction from the Commissions.
2018 Amendment Cycle Information and Applications
Pre-Application Deadline: September 13, 2017 - Prior to submitting a Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendment or a Text Amendment Application, you must schedule and attend a mandatory pre-application conference with staff of the Comprehensive Planning Division (850) 891-6400. The deadline for completing this meeting is Wednesday, September 14, 2016. An application may not be submitted without a completed pre-application conference form.
Application Deadline: September 29, 2017 (5:00 pm) - Applications received after the deadline will be scheduled for the next available amendment cycle. An application must be complete and sufficient in analysis upon submittal to the Department. Incomplete or insufficient documented applications will be returned to the applicant. The department has 10 workdays to determine if the application is complete and sufficient. If you have any questions regarding the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan amendment process, please call the Planning Department at (850) 891-6400.
The Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendment Application Package below includes information on the amendment process, preparing a complete application, the application form, and copies of forms need for several of the required attachments to the your application.
Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendment Application Package
Amendment Process: 2018
2018 Amendment Cycle Application Form
Attachment 1 Pre-application meeting form 2018
Attachment 2 Affidavit
Attachment 5 School impact analysis form
Attachment 7 Transit service analysis form
Attachment 9 Neighborhood meeting form
Attachment 10 Sustainable development survey
Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment Application
Application For Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment
Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)
The State of Florida requires local governments to periodically assess the effectiveness of their Comprehensive Plan to adequately address changes in local conditions and changes in the State's policy regarding planning and growth management.
Adopted Evaluation and Appraisal Report (PDF)