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For immediate release - June 6, 2005

Online survey to stay open for one more week after overwhelming response from the community

TAVARES — After almost tripling the number of respondents to the online comprehensive plan survey over the past weekend, Lake County officials have decided to keep the survey posted at www.lakecountyfl.gov/survey.aspx for one more week. The survey will now close on Monday, June 13, 2005.

Originally slated to close Monday, Web surfers responded to the last-minute chance to fill out the online survey by logging more than 600 entries in just three days.

“We will not deny citizens a chance to give us their valuable input as we draft a new comprehensive plan,” said Gregg Welstead, Director of the Lake County Department of Growth Management. “It is imperative that this new plan accurately reflects the community’s needs.”

The online comprehensive plan survey was originally created in April for visitors to the Planning Horizon 2025 display at the Lake County Fair. In early May, the survey was posted on the Lake County Government Web site for all citizens to complete.

The 10-minute exercise poses a series of questions relating to the process of drafting a new Lake County Comprehensive Plan. The survey responses help give planners in the Comprehensive Planning Division direction on what citizens view as the most important characteristics of their community. The survey information, in addition to the public input received at the series of community planning forums, 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.


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

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