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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/17/2017

The Department of Doing launched Right Site, a web-based zoning portal designed to help users research and explore the City of Gainesville’s zoning ordinance. This new tool provides each applicant a customized map of the location of where their planned project is allowed to operate, and help them understand where uses are allowed “by right” or where they may need to go in front of a review board and/or the city commission. Right Site is available at https://zoning.cityofgainesville.org.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/3/2017

The Department of Doing wants to make it easier for people to know what new development is being considered for Gainesville. On May 4, the department is launching a web-based map, showing all development plans that are under review or recently approved by the city. This allows users to know what is happening in or around their neighborhood, and shows the location of all new projects that are under review and approved.

For each project, the status, application date, project completion date and review cycle are shown with a drawing of the project. “This is part of an ongoing effort to make the development process transparent for our community,” said Department of Doing Director Wendy Thomas. “Our goal is to ensure citizens know what development is occurring.  Whether that is putting a sign on the site, putting an ad in the newspaper or creating a map-based notice.“

The website may be accessed online here.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
4/17/2017

The City of Gainesville and the University of Florida Bob Graham Center for Public Service have partnered to establish a fellowship opportunity for undergraduate UF students during the 2017-2018 academic year.

City Manager Anthony Lyons is pleased to announce the creation of a new department, the Strategic Initiatives Department, which will be headed by Carrie Blanchard Bush, who initially led the Citizen-Centered Gainesville initiative. The creation of the department comes after months of combined efforts to find new approaches to major institutional priorities, such as the city budget process and its strategic plan, as well as how citizens and community stakeholders engage with the city.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/13/2016

Mobile City Hall is bringing city services to the Albert “Ray” Massey (Westside) Recreation Center Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Mobile City Hall is a design experiment to bring city services to the community, rather than having the community come to City Hall, and is part of making the City of Gainesville the most citizen-centered city in the nation.

Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/19/2016

Gainesville City Manager Anthony Lyons is pleased to announce the selection of Ellen Chen to lead the City of Gainesville’s newest agency as the Department of Measuring Director. Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, Chen will work closely with City Manager Lyons and others to determine, develop and assess internal and external performance indicators, as well as progress benchmarks related to achieving inclusive, community-focused urban governance strategies.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/6/2016

Gainesville City Manager Anthony Lyons has released his Recommended City Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 to the Gainesville City Commission and general public aided by a new online budget tool called Open Budget. Web users may view and interact with the proposed FY17 budget through the Open Budget platform, which is available on the City of Gainesville’s website at http://budget.cityofgainesville.org.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/31/2016

On Wednesday, June 1, the City of Gainesville officially launches a new event and emergency information website, www.safeGNV.org.  The launch of the website coincides with the beginning of hurricane season in Florida, and is intended to keep Gainesville’s citizens informed, connected and safe. safeGNV is an initiative of citizen-centered Gainesville, which was formally adopted by the City Commission earlier this year. The purpose of safeGNV is to better connect citizens to each other, to information that impacts their daily lives and to serve an emergency preparedness tool.