TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will consider transmitting to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) the proposed Lake County Comprehensive Plan at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Board Chambers, located on the second floor of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
During the transmittal public hearing, County Commissioners will listen to public comments and make final recommendations regarding the proposed comprehensive plan, titled Planning Horizon 2030. The Board could then vote to transmit the 388-page document to DCA for review. If additional time is needed, the hearing will be extended to Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The state’s land planning and community development agency will have 60 days to review the comprehensive plan draft before submitting an objections, rejections and comments letter to the County. After the County receives the DCA’s recommendations and adjusts the plan, the Board of County Commissioners can approve the final comprehensive plan during an adoption hearing.
According to staff from the Lake County Department of Growth Management, the process of drafting the proposed comprehensive plan could best be described as a long, arduous marathon rather than a quick sprint to the finish line. The planning document has been six years in the making with the process including thousands of stakeholder comments received during three series of public participation tours, countless Land Planning Agency meetings, an online survey and County Commission meetings.
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 for the next 20 years. The task of drafting the new comprehensive plan has been a partnership between Lake County citizens, property owners, business owners, municipalities, County government and other local and regional entities. The proposed plan aims to provide flexible guidelines for policymakers, land managers and land users about how to conserve, rehabilitate or develop an area. Planning Horizon 2030 stipulates 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.
For more information or copies of Planning Horizon 2030, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/2030 or call the Lake County Department of Growth Management at (352) 343-9739.