Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee

In response to a Fall 2017 Urban Land Institute report on the impacts of growth on Western Nassau, the Nassau County Planning and Zoning Board (PZB) formed a subcommittee, the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee (WNHPC). Five PZB members who live in Western Nassau served on the  WNHPC. The committee was charged with discussing the future of Western Nassau, and to work with the Planning and Economic Opportunity Department to determine how they can best assist in planning Hilliard Poultry Assocefforts. The Committee’s logo “Our Heritage, Our Future” echoes the historic Hilliard Poultry Association signage as a nod to the County’s past.

Community outreach and engagement are the priorities of the committee. On March 26, 2019, after a year of community feedback to understand the wishes of the community, the WNHPC adopted the following mission statement:

The Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee exists because there is a genuine desire on the part of our citizenry to ensure what our name implies--Preservation! We enjoy a rich heritage in Western Nassau County. Through purposeful community engagement, we are driven to gain perspective and insight for inevitable growth. The underlying impetus of our goal is to maintain a high quality of life, preserve rural character, and ensure fiscally sustainable and appropriately controlled development.

Western Nassau Vision Book  COVER Updated

The Committee and PEO staff then translated community input into the Vision Book’s goals, objectives, and strategies to be implemented over the planning horizon through 2045. Objectives and strategies relate to community goals including history, natural resources, health, quality of life, recreation, jobs and education, and public spaces and infrastructure. Community partners and other related planning efforts such as Vision 2032 and the County Comprehensive Plan are also included in the Vision Book.

On October 1, 2019, after a year and a half of community outreach and engagement, the Vision Book was completed. The VISION BOOK was approved by the WNHPC during the October 22nd regular WNHP meeting and adopted by the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners during the December 16, 2019 BOCC meeting.


Past WNHPC Meetings      Collage of Outreach Photos Western Nassau

Learn more

  • Read about development trends facing Nassau County.
  • Review the Urban Land Institute's Technical Assistance Panel's work on Western Nassau.
  • Learn from other community planning efforts. 
  • Watch Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute talk about the Power of Uniqueness at Tedx Jacksonville.

Please feel free to provide comments about this topic by submitting a via digital comment card, email planninginfo@nassaucountyfl.com, or call (904) 530-6300.