TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October as Community Planning Month at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
“Community planning provides an opportunity for all residents to be meaningfully involved in making choices that determine the future of their community,” said Carol Stricklin, Director of the Lake County Department of Growth Management.
Carol Stricklin, Director of the Lake County Department of Growth Management, and Wayne Bennett, Growth Management Planning Director, announce Lake County’s participation in Community Planning Month.
This year’s theme of Making Great Communities Through Planning celebrates how communities are created, recognizing the importance of planning and the role of both professional planners and citizen planners.
Community planning routinely plays an integral role in planning for Lake County’s future. Over a two-year process to draft the Lake County Comprehensive Plan, titled Planning Horizon 2025, the Department of Growth Management and the Local Planning Agency (LPA) hosted more than 18 community meetings during a series of three public participation tours.
The meetings attracted more than 1,100 interested residents, land owners and members of the business community. When completed, the Comprehensive Plan will guide Lake County in creation of tomorrow’s great communities.
The inaugural celebration for National Community Planning Month is sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) in an effort to recognize the positive impacts of community planning. The APA is the national association for planners that advocates for good planning practices in communities.
For more information about Planning Horizon 2025, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/2025. To learn more about National Community Planning Month, visit www.planning.org/ncpm.