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For immediate release - May 5, 2005

Lake County citizens encouraged to complete online comprehensive plan survey

TAVARES — After reaching out to thousands of residents through various public meetings and speaking engagements, the Lake County Comprehensive Planning Division is giving the public one last opportunity to offer opinions on how Lake County should develop in the next 20 years.

An online survey posted on www.lakecountyfl.gov/survey.aspx poses a series of questions relating to the Lake County Comprehensive Plan. The 10-minute survey was created for the Board of County Commissioners-sponsored booth at the Lake County Fair. Dozens of residents completed the survey at the fair booth, but now the survey has been extended to the County’s Web site for all citizens to complete.

The survey will 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 community meetings, will be used to guide the goals, objectives and policies of the comprehensive plan.

Gregg Welstead, Director of the Department of Growth Management, said the survey is the final push to get input from the public before staff begins drafting the new comprehensive plan at the end of this month.

“What we are interested in this last month is to have citizens access the Web and fill out the survey,” he said. “We’re going to draft a plan we think the citizens, the County Commission and the Local Planning Agency want, but we don’t know what they want if they don’t tell us.”

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.

Citizens can log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/survey.aspx to begin the survey or can e-mail compplan@co.lake.fl.us to submit comments.


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

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