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For immediate release - Feb. 7, 2005

Public participation tour for the comprehensive plan kicks off tonight, Feb. 7, in Leesburg

TAVARES — Residents in incorporated Leesburg and those in the surrounding area will help kick off the public participation tour tonight, Feb. 7, for the process of drafting a new Lake County Comprehensive Plan.

Through a series of six public meetings with different communities in Lake County between Feb. 7 and Feb. 17, facilitators of the comprehensive plan will be asking for the public’s input, including important quality of life issues.

One planned activity, titled “The Heart of What Matters in Lake County,” randomly arranges attendees into five groups and asks them to list the top 10 quality of life issues in the community. The groups are also asked where they would place additional services, such as fire stations, libraries and improved roadways, in their community.

Staff from the Lake County Comprehensive Planning Division will integrate the input received from the series of public meetings to develop a draft of a new comprehensive plan this year.

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.

For more information, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/2025, call (352) 343-9632 or e-mail compplan@co.lake.fl.us. The six public meetings, each from 6:30 to 8 p.m., are as follows:

  • Monday, Feb. 7 — Leesburg Elementary School, 2229 South St., Leesburg (For residents in the Leesburg area)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 — Astatula Elementary School, 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula (For residents in the Howey-in-the-Hills, Astatula, Minneola and Montverde areas)
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 — Spring Creek Elementary School, 4440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley (For residents in the Ocala National Forest and Wekiva River Protection areas)
  • Friday, Feb. 11 — Lost Lake Elementary School, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont (For residents in the Clermont, Four Corners, Mascotte, Green Swamp and Groveland areas)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 — Eustis Heights Elementary School, 310 W. Taylor Ave., Eustis (For residents in the Umatilla, Tavares, Eustis, Mount Dora, Mt. Plymouth and Sorrento areas)
  • Thursday, Feb. 17 — Fruitland Park Elementary School, 304 W. Fountain St., Fruitland Park (For residents in the Emeralda Marsh, Lady Lake and Fruitland Park areas)

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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