For immediate release — Jan. 27, 2005
TAVARES — All local media representatives are invited to a roundtable meeting hosted by the Lake County Comprehensive Planning Division to discuss the process of drafting a new countywide comprehensive plan.
Scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares, on the fifth floor, the meeting will give reporters a chance to ask questions and fully understand the lengthy process of formulating a new comprehensive plan. The meeting will be held in the Department of Growth Management small conference room in suite 515.
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.
“It really is a document that will define what Lake County will look like over the next 20 years,” said Amye King, Lake County Planning Manager. “It is our job to take into account everybody’s deepest wants. The comprehensive plan must be somewhere between idealistic to realistic, as it has to be financially feasible.”
A host of data will be used in developing the plan, including census figures, demographics and economic factors. Demography and population predictors will guide the stakeholders in formulating decisions on how to develop the comprehensive plan.
County leaders will be sharing during the Feb. 3 meeting with media representatives how this data will be gathered and why it is important in the process. The County will also be asking for the media’s support with informing the public of a series of community information meetings to be held in February and this summer.