For immediate release - April 8, 2005
TAVARES — Once again, Lake County is taking the comprehensive planning process on the road.
At the Lake County Fair, which opened April 7, residents are encouraged to visit the Planning Horizon 2025 booth to learn more about the comprehensive plan and to fill out a community survey.
The survey will give planners direction on what citizens view as the most important characteristics of their community. The survey information, in addition to the public input received at community meetings, will be used to guide the goals, objectives and policies of the comprehensive plan.
“The process, which began last year, is now in full swing,” said Gregg Welstead, Director of the Department of Growth Management. “During the course of this year, we will draft a new plan which may be adopted in late 2005. We have, and will continue to meet with groups of the public, municipalities and special-interest groups on both sides of the many issues related to growth as we gather information for the comprehensive plan.”
Required by law, the comprehensive plan is the foundation for local planning as it acts as an outline of the community's vision and priorities.
The task of drafting the new comprehensive plan will be a partnership between Lake County citizens, municipalities, county government and other local and regional entities. Upon completion, the new plan titled “Planning Horizon 2025” will provide flexible guidelines for policymakers, land managers and land users about how to conserve, rehabilitate or develop an area.
Planning Horizon 2025 will stipulate the ultimate goals of efficient transportation, adequate employment, affordable housing, needed capital improvements and access to clean air, water and open space for the next 20 years.
The Lake County Fair, 2101 County Road 452, Eustis, is scheduled from April 7-16. Gates open at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the fair office at (352) 357-7111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445