TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will begin its review of the comprehensive plan draft, titled Planning Horizon 2025, on Tuesday, May 1, at 1 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. A second review session is scheduled for Monday, May 14, at the same location at 9 a.m.
The goal of these workshops is to familiarize the Board with the proposed comprehensive plan draft. The scheduled workshops are limited to staff presentations and Board discussions. The Board will receive public comments regarding the draft elements of the plan on Tuesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, located on the second floor of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares. Additional public workshops and hearings will be scheduled throughout the transmittal process.
During these public meetings, staff from the Lake County Department of Growth Management will present the board with elements from Planning Horizon 2025. The elements of the plan the Board is scheduled to discuss include capital improvements, conservation, housing, intergovernmental coordination, parks and recreation, transportation, schools and public facilities. Each element addresses one specific item of the 20-year 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.
Currently, the Local Planning Agency (LPA) is drafting the final pieces of the comprehensive plan, the future land-use element and map. After its review, the LPA will forward the remaining documents to the Board of County Commissioners. The County Commissioners then will make a decision on transmitting the comprehensive plan to the Florida Department of Community Affairs for review and comments. For more information about Planning Horizon 2025, call (352) 343-9632 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/2025.