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For immediate release - June 3, 2005

Online comprehensive plan survey to close Monday, June 6

TAVARES — The Lake County Comprehensive Planning Division is reporting that more than 350 residents have logged on in the past month to fill out an online survey, which poses a series of questions relating to the process of drafting a new Lake County Comprehensive Plan.

The survey, posted on www.lakecountyfl.gov/survey.aspx, will close Monday, June 6, as planners from the Division will begin drafting the initial version of the new plan. The 10-minute survey was created for the Board of County Commissioners-sponsored booth at the Lake County Fair in April. Dozens of residents completed the survey at the fair booth, and then the survey was extended to the County’s Web site for all citizens to complete.

According to Amye King, Planning Manager for the Comprehensive Planning Division, the survey responses has helped 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 a series of community meetings this winter, is being used to guide the goals, objectives and policies of 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 is 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.

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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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