Unincorporated Community Governance – A Study of Options for Melrose

This message follows the Melrose community meeting arranged by the Levin College of Law’s Conservation Clinic at the Melrose Senior Center last spring on Thursday, April 16.

Many folks at that meeting asked for a copy of the research to be completed following this meeting. The report on community governance, which focuses on planning issues and governance issues specific to the Melrose community, is now complete. You can download a copy by clicking this link:


Unincorporated Community Governance A Study of Options for Melrose

Melrose straddles four different counties: Alachua, Bradford, Clay, and Putnam. This division among the four counties has led to issues with uniformity in land use and procedural knowledge. The purposes of this report are to be a source of information about Melrose’s existing land use regulations and to provide information that may be helpful for residents of Melrose to further a burgeoning arts economy in the community. To these ends, the major components of this report are: a discussion of land use and zoning regulations in Melrose; an overview of Florida local governance options; application of these options to Melrose as an example of a community occupying multiple counties; and a discussion of small communities throughout the United States which have developed local economies with an arts focus.

Feel free to share this report with folks interested in Melrose and its success.

Thomas Hawkins  thomas@hawkinspa.com; (352) 377-3141

Our mailing address is: Conservation Clinic, Levin College of Law, 309 Village Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611

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