On January 18th, the Tallahassee City Commissioner held the City’s Annual Retreat. The purpose of the annual retreat is to provide an opportunity to review the progress that has been made towards Tallahassee’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. Staff will also give updates to the elected officials on two initiatives—the Southside Action Plan and the Clean Energy Plan.
2020-2024 Strategic Plan
The retreat agenda reports that the City continues to implement proactive and preventative solutions for the “betterment of our community.” Some of the measures taken include, increased affordable housing, saving utility customers significant money on energy costs and attracting new jobs.
In 2022, Tallahassee housed 250 households experiencing homelessness. Currently, the City has 2,391 affordable housing units either completed, under construction, in permitting or in the planning stage. Out of the 2,391 housing units, 110 will be used for extremely low-income households.
Additionally, the City took proactive action through price hedging agreements for natural gas, saving utility customers $75 million. The City’s total workforce has increased by 5,700 from attracting businesses to Tallahassee, such as Amazon and Burrell Aviation.
Southside Action Plan
The City is has included the Southside Action Plan as a top priority at the retreat to reevaluate existing planning and development on the Southside. On April 13th 2021, the City and County Commissions approved a three-phased approach. Phase I included a robust engagement with the community as reported to the Commission in September. At the Retreat, staff will present an update on Phase 2 –feedback on the draft plan, as well as an implementation strategy for Phase 3.
Clean Energy Plan
The City reviewed its efforts to develop a Clean Energy Plan (CEP) to meet the City’s goal of having 100% net clean renewable energy across the entire community by 2050. The commissioners received an update on the status of the clean energy planning process and preliminary findings from the comprehensive study of the community’s electric, gas and transportation needs.