If Florida does not significantly alter its policies regarding growth and development, more than 7 million acres of additional lands will be converted to urban uses by 2060.
This means that Florida will lose 2.7 million acres of existing agricultural lands, along with 2.7 million acres of native habitat.
And more than 2 million acres within one mile of existing conservation lands will be converted to an urban use, complicating their management and isolating some conservation holdings in a sea of urbanization.
While this study was conducted in 2006, these findings continue to hold true today. Below is information on the Florida 2060 project and the other studies it has spawned.
1000 Friends’ Florida 2060 project:
Florida 2060 – This series of studies examines how Florida will grow and develop by 2060 if its current patterns of development remains the same, and provides recommendations on how to follow the principles of smart growth for a better outcome. Support materials include the Statewide Summary and regional fact sheets for Northwest, Panhandle and Big Bend, Northeast, Central, Southwest, Southeast and the Florida Keys.
Florida 2060: A Population Distribution Scenario for the State of Florida (2006) – In the period between 2006, when the study was conducted, and 2060, Florida’s population was projected to more than double. To explore the physical reality of this trend 1000 Friends of Florida contracted with researchers at the University of Florida’s GeoPlan Center to demonstrate what land use in the State might look like in 2060. GeoPlan’s project was undertaken using relatively straightforward geographic information systems (GIS) suitability analysis constructed on a foundation of clearly articulated assumptions.
A Time for Leadership: Growth Management and Florida 2060 (2006) – The Florida 2060 research project shows that the state of Florida sits at the “tipping point” in regard to land conservation for urban development. 1000 Friends commissioned the Georgia Institute of Technology to develop proactive solutions for Florida.
Studies resulting from Florida 2060:
Alternative 2060 (2007) – The University of Central Florida Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies commissioned an alternative scenario than that depicted in Florida 2060. It incorporates seven key principles: protect Florida’s essential land, invest in balanced transportation, plan for climate change, don’t waste land, design with nature, encourage compact development, and rebuild to create great places. Please click here for an executive summary.
Working to Sustain Florida’s Rural and Natural Lands: A Call to Action (2007) – Seeing Florida 2060 as a “clarion call for action,” 1000 Friends Chairman Emeritus Nathaniel Reed spoke with some of the state’s leading conservationists, agricultural leaders, developers, planners and others and then crafted a series of recommendations to help stem the dramatic loss of Florida’s rural lands to urban development.
Wildlife 2060: What’s at stake for Florida? (2008) – Following up on 1000 Friends of Florida’s seminal study, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission prepared a report to help Floridians understand the changes that may occur in Florida’s fish and wildlife—and in our own lifestyles—if the state’s population doubles.