GAINESVILLE – Alachua County Commissioner Charles Chestnut IV has been elected Chair of the North Central Florida Regional Planning. Commissioner Chestnut has served on the Council since 2012, representing Alachua County. He previously served on the Council representing the City of Gainesville from 2000 to 2006. Commissioner Chestnut also served for three terms in the Florida House Representatives from 2006 to 2012 representing District 23.
The Council, whose members are local elected officials and gubernatorial appointees, administers a variety of state and federal programs for north central Florida including Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Union Counties. Programs include development of the Strategic Regional Policy Plan, technical assistance to local governments in development of comprehensive plans, land development regulations and grant management, and administration of hazardous materials, and economic development programs. In addition, the Council staffs the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the Gainesville Urbanized Area, the North Central Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee, the North Central Florida Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team and The Original Florida Tourism Task Force.
Chestnut has been very active in the organization. He has previously served as Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of the Council; Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Program Committee; and a Florida Regional Councils Association Policy Board Representative.
The Council's offices are located in Gainesville. More information about the Council can be found at ncfrpc.org.
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