Citizens Planning Advisory Committee (CPACs)

Jacksonville's more than 500 neighborhoods are divided into six planning districts each with a Citizens Planning Advisory Committee or 'CPAC'. The primary purpose of the CPAC is to maintain open and effective communication between Jacksonville residents, businesses, neighborhoods, community organizations, educational institutions and city government.

Click on a district to see more information:
District 1: Urban Core
District 2: Greater Arlington/Beaches
District 3: Southeast
District 4: Southwest
District 5: Northwest
District 6: North

Effective government requires meaningful citizen participation. Broad-based public involvement in planning, land use, zoning, transportation, community services, economic development, recreation, schools, police and public safety is absolutely essential.

CPAC meetings are open to public and any interested person is welcome to attend any CPAC meeting. Voting members must be appointed through a nomination process.

Citizens Planning Advisory Committees were first established in October 1993 by Mayor Ed Austin as an ongoing, grassroots public participation program. In September 2001, Mayor John Delaney issued a new executive order to continue that involvement as did Mayor John Peyton in 2007.  In 2014, Mayor Alvin Brown issued a new executive order to continue grassroots public involvement in CPACs. You may view the Executive Order 2014-03 and Model By-laws (863k) in Acrobat Reader. Mayor Lenny Curry is in the process of meeting with CPAC Chairs and updating a new executive order.


Mayor's Meeting with the CPAC Chairs Summaries:

Mayor's Meeting with Chairs, Jan. 15, 2015
Mayor's Meeting with Chairs, Sept. 17, 2014 
Mayor's Meeting with Chairs, April 2, 2014 (PDF 38K)
Mayor’s Meeting with Chairs, Nov. 13, 2013 (PDF 42K)

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Membership on the CPAC

CPAC members are appointed by the Mayor. Members are nominated through a variety of community, civic, or government organizations located in their district. Eligibility for appointment is determined by the Director of the Neighborhoods Department and the Planning and Development Department. 

Voting members consist of one representative per organization and one alternate,  to participate in the absence of the primary representative. Individuals may be nominated through the following organizations:

(a) Neighborhood, civic and homeowner's associations in the district which are listed in the Directory of Neighborhood Organizations.

(b) Businesses and professional organizations active in the district.

(c) PTA and/or SAC organizations.

(d) Other community-based organizations and entities in the district, as determined appropriate by the Director of the Neighborhoods Department and the Planning and Development Department.

(e) City Council members, including At-Large Council members, to each CPAC located in any part of their district.

(f) Sheriff's Advisory Council (ShAdCo) in the district.

Non-voting CPAC members include:

(h) One City Department Head assigned to the CPAC by the Mayor or Director of Planning and Development.

(i) One representative from the Duval County School Board nominated by the Board.

(j) One representative from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office nominated by the Sheriff.

Residents interested in CPAC membership may download  the nomination form and attached new member information forms. For more information on membership contact the Housing and Community Development Division, Neighborhood Coordinators at (904) 255-8200.

CPAC Nomination and Interview Form (Word DOC, 56KB)

Directory of Neighborhoods and Registration for Zoning Notification Form

Neighborhood Bill of Rights 


Public Records Requests and Government in the Sunshine Laws

City of Jacksonville Public Records Requests

Florida Statute Chapter 119 Public Records

Florida Statute Chapter 286 Sunshine Law - Public Business


Directory of Neighborhood Organizations
This listing of the city's known neighborhood associations is organized by the six planning districts - Urban Core, Greater Arlington/Beaches, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest and North. The directory serves as a resource for groups that want to share experiences and advice with each other. It is updated annually in the division's database. You may also register to receive notification of zoning changes within your neighborhood. Use this Directory form (Microsoft Word document, 44k) to register or update your organization's information and to sign up for zoning notifications.

Neighborhood Services Office
214 N. Hogan St., 5th Floor
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 255-8250
Neighborhoodservices@coj.net

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.