TAVARES — The Lake County Local Planning Agency (LPA) will host a series of public meetings during the month of April to encourage input from stakeholders on the newly drafted Lake County Comprehensive Plan.
“This is the third time we have taken the comprehensive plan on the road,” said Amye King, Deputy Director of the Lake County Department of Growth Management. “The LPA is very concerned about getting as much public participation in the comprehensive planning process as possible. The agency has directed staff to set up these meetings to get residents, land owners and the business community involved.”
Similar to the public participation tours held in February and August of 2005, local residents are encouraged to attend one of these meetings. By scheduling five separate public meetings throughout the County, the LPA is giving stakeholders the opportunity to submit comments regarding the comprehensive planning process and major policy issues, such as the future land-use map.
For more information, log on to www.lakegovernment.com/2025 or call (352) 343-9632. The five public meetings, each from 4 to 6:30 p.m., are as follows:
• Friday, April 7, Venetian Gardens Community Building, 109 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg
• Tuesday, April 11, Umatilla Community Center, 1 S. Central Ave.
• Thursday, April 13, Clermont City Hall, 685 W. Montrose St.
• Tuesday, April 18, Lake Technical Center, Kenneth A. Bragg Campus, 12900 Lane Park Cutoff Road, Tavares
• Wednesday, April 19, Eustis Community Center, 601 Northshore Drive, Eustis
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.
Currently, the LPA is reviewing a draft of the comprehensive plan. After its review, the LPA will forward the document to the Board of County Commissioners. The Board will further guide policy development and provide resources necessary to fulfill Planning Horizon 2025 or prioritize to make the new comprehensive plan financially feasible. Barring any final changes or additions to the plan, County Commissioners could approve the 2025 Lake County Comprehensive Plan in 2006.