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For immediate release - August 26, 2005

Draft of Lake County Comprehensive Plan to be business friendly

TAVARES — After wrapping up its second public participation tour this month, the Comprehensive Planning Division is back at the drawing board as it attempts to complete a draft of a new Lake County Comprehensive Plan.

About 400 individuals turned out for the seven public meetings hosted this month at various locations in the County. Compared to the first public participation tour held in February and March, staff received more diverse opinions from stakeholders during the public forums, including greater concerns about how the new comprehensive plan, titled Planning Horizon 2025, will affect the business community.

According to Amye King, Planning Manager for the Comprehensive Planning Division, the new plan will promote pubic and private sector partnerships that fortify and expand the County's presence in the actively growing Central Florida regional business community.

In particular, the proposed land-use map, which is an integral part of the new comprehensive plan, will feature new zoning districts for commercial, industry and office.

“While we are proposing to create these new districts even if the market may not take advantage of them right away, at least we are preserving land for jobs rather than rooftops,” King said.

Other business-friendly measures proposed in the Economic Element of the draft comprehensive plan include:

  • Lake County will continue to market and promote high-wage incentive programs throughout the County.
  • The County, in partnership with the Board of County Commissioners Agricultural Advisory Committee, will research and make recommendations on programs and incentives that will help maintain viable the agricultural businesses within appropriate areas of the County.
  • The County will continue to promote eco-tourism businesses and opportunities while balancing the need to protect the natural beauty found in the County.

To view the proposed Economic Element of the Lake County Comprehensive Plan draft, go here. Also read more about the comprehensive plan process in the Planning Horizon 2025 Web blog. To submit comments about the comprehensive plan, e-mail compplan@co.lake.fl.us.


Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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