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For immediate release - June 17, 2005

The Lake County Local Planning Agency begins initial review of comprehensive plan objectives

TAVARES — The Lake County Local Planning Agency (LPA) reviewed Thursday initial objective statements from several elements of the new Lake County Comprehensive Plan.

"This is the beginning stages of drafting the County's new comprehensive plan," said Amye King, Planning Manager for the Lake County Comprehensive Planning Division. "Our staff is diligently working to incorporate the ideas we received from the public as well as from the LPA members into the plan."

Members from the LPA reviewed objective statements from three elements - transportation, solid waste and public facilities - of the comprehensive plan during its public meeting, according to Barbara Newman, Chairman of the LPA.

A comprehensive plan's element is similar to a chapter in a novel. Each element addresses one specific item such as future land use, transportation and capital improvements. All elements must take into consideration "all relevant capital costs, operation and maintenance expenses, and the available revenues to support them, as well as the affect the development will have on sensitive environmental areas."

The LPA's comments on the three elements reviewed Thursday will be posted on the Planning Horizon Web site at www.lakecountyfl.gov/2025 in the next week.

"What we are attempting to do in a timely fashion is shortly after each LPA meeting we will post the LPA's comments about the comprehensive plan because the public will be interested in the progress," King said.

Newman responded, "I think the [Comprehensive Planning Division] is doing a great job of getting information posted on the Web site."

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.

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Lake County Comprehensive Plan
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Christopher Patton
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Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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