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Lake County Ordinances are codified in the Lake County Code. Municipal Code Corporation of Tallahassee, Fla., handles the distribution of the Code for the County. Access the Code at www.municode.com or obtain copies by contacting the Municipal Code Corporation office at
800-262-2633.

Adopted Ordinances
The following general ordinances have been adopted by the County, but are not yet included in the Code.
Ordinance Number General Subject
Ordinance 2019-01

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING LAKE COUNTY CODE, APPENDIX E, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; PERTAINING TO LANDSCAPING REGULATIONS; AMENDING SECTION 9.01.02 “GENERAL REQUIREMENTS AND EXEMPTIONS” TO EXEMPT CERTAIN LOTS WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING FROM NEEDING A TREE REMOVAL PERMIT; AMENDING SECTION 9.01.06 “LANDSCAPE BUFFER REQUIREMENTS” TO PROHIBIT TREES BEING PLANTED IN THE RIGHT-OF-WAY EXCEPT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; AMENDING SECTION 9.02.04 “EXEMPTIONS TO TREE REMOVAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS”; AMENDING SECTION 9.01.08 “LANDSCAPE REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL AND DUPLEX LOTS”; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend Lake County Code, Appendix E, Land Development Regulations (“LDR”), in order to revise the landscaping standards. Specifically, this Ordinance amends Section 9.01.00 “Landscaping Standards” and Section 9.02.00 “Tree Protection” to simplify and streamline existing landscape regulations including the modification of tree removal requirements.

Ordinance 2019-02

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING LAKE COUNTY CODE, APPENDIX E, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; AMENDING SECTION 1.08.03 ENTITLED “NONCONFORMING USES” TO ALLOW NONCONFORMING LOTS TO UTILIZE THE SETBACK AND IMPERVIOUS SURFACE RATIO CRITERIA OF THE ZONING DISTRICT WHICH MOST CLOSELY MATCHES THE SIZE OF THE LOT AND TO EXEMPT EXISTING NONCONFORMING LOTS FROM ADHERING TO THE IMPERVIOUS SURFACE RATIO OF THE APPLICABLE FUTURE LAND USE CATEGORY; AMENDING SECTION 3.02.06, ENTITLED “DENSITY, IMPERVIOUS SURFACE, FLOOR AREA, AND HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS” TO INCREASE THE IMPERVIOUS SURFACE RATIO OF THE R-3 AND R-4 ZONING DISTRICTS TO 0.55 AND TO CLARIFY THAT DEVELOPMENT APPROVED AFTER SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 MUST ADHERE TO THE IMPERVIOUS SURFACE RATIO CRITERIA OF ITS ZONING DISTRICT OR FUTURE LAND USE CATEGORY, WHICHEVER IS MORE STRINGENT; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend Lake County Code, Appendix E, Land Development Regulations (“LDR”), to update the provisions for non-conforming lots and impervious surface ratio. Specifically, this Ordinance:

  1. Revises the setback criteria for nonconforming lots to allow nonconforming lots to utilize the setback provisions of the zoning district for which they most closely match in size; and
  2. Revises the impervious surface ratio criteria for nonconforming lots to allow nonconforming lots to utilize the impervious surface ratio provisions of the zoning district for which they most closely match in size; and
  3. Exempts existing nonconforming lots from adhering to the impervious surface ratio criteria of their Future Land Use Category; and
  4. Increases the impervious surface ratio of the R-3 and R-4 zoning district from 0.35 and 0.45 to 0.55; and
  5. Adds a note stating that Development approved after September 22, 2011 shall adhere to the ISR of its zoning district or Future Land Use Category, whichever is more stringent.
Ordinance 2019-03

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING ARTICLE III, CHAPTER 22, SECTION 22-37, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED IMPOSITION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE CATEGORIES WITH NEW OR ADJUSTED RATES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

This ordinance amends Section 22-37, Lake County Code, to create additional transportation impact fee categories with new or adjusted rates in all transportation impact fee benefit districts. If approved, the new categories and rates will become effective April 22, 2019.

Ordinance 2019-04

An ordinance of the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida; amending Lake County Code, Appendix E, Land Development Regulations; creating Section 14.03.05 "Waivers from Planned Zoning Districts (CP, MP, CFD, PUD)"; to allow for waivers to be granted by the Board of County Commissioners; amending Section 14.15.01, entitled "Purpose of Variances", to clarify the Authority of the Board of Adjustment; providing for inclusion in the code; providing for severability; providing for filing with the Department of State; and providing an effective date.

Ordinance 2019-08

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING LAKE COUNTY CODE CHAPTER 18, ENTITLED “ROADS AND BRIDGES”; CREATING A NEW SECTION 18-2, ENTITLED “HAUL PERMIT”; CREATING A PERMITTING PROCESS FOR HAULING SOIL, ROCK, GRAVEL, AND SAND ON ROADS WITHIN THE COUNTY ROAD SYSTEM; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend Lake County Code, Chapter 18 relating to Roads and Bridges to create a new provision concerning permit requirements for hauling, as defined, on the County Road System within Lake County, Florida.

Ordinance 2019-09

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ADOPTING AN AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL SERVICE BOUNDARY AGREEMENT (ISBA) BETWEEN LAKE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF CLERMONT PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED IN ORDINANCE 2014-71; AMENDING PROVISIONS WITHIN THE ISBA RELATED TO MAINTENANCE OF SCHOFIELD ROAD; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

This ordinance provides for the adoption of an amendment to the Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement (ISBA) between Lake County and City of Clermont, which was previously adopted in Ordinance 2014-71. ISBAs address annexations of non-contiguous properties, annexations and maintenance of right of ways, development applications, land development regulations, comprehensive plan provisions, solid waste, fire hydrants, sharing of equipment and resources, fire and rescue services, E-911 system, and addressing standards. This ordinance adopts an amendment to the Clermont ISBA regarding the maintenance of Schofield Road.

Ordinance 2019-10 The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend Chapter 7, Lake County Code, entitled Economic Development and Business Incentives, to clarify the definition of “targeted business/industry” and to allow grants of up to ten (10) years if higher job creation and capital investment thresholds are met. Specifically, this Ordinance:
  1. Amends Section 7-2, Lake County Code, entitled Definitions, to clarify the definition of “targeted business/industry” by adding additional categories and removing the second sentence; and
  2. Amends Section 7-4, Lake County Code, entitled Method and Calculation of Grant Amount, to allow grants of up to ten (10) years if a minimum of twenty-five (25) jobs are created and maintained after the date an application is received by the County that pay no less than one hundred fifteen (115) percent of the average annual wage for Lake County and a capital investment of at least twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000.00) is made by the targeted business.
Ordinance 2019-17

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 22-11, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED PREPAYMENT OF IMPACT FEES; EXTENDING THE PREPAYMENT OF IMPACT FEES PROGRAM FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL USES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

This Ordinance modifies Section 22-11, Lake County Code, entitled Prepayment of Impact Fees, for purposes of extending the pre-payment of impact fees program for commercial and industrial uses.

Ordinance 2019-18

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 22-8, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED WAIVER OF EDUCATIONAL IMPACT FEES FOR SCHOOL CAPACITY; CREATING A TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE WAIVER FOR INFILL DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

This Ordinance modifies Section 22-8, Lake County Code, regarding waiver of impact fees for infill development. The purpose of this ordinance is to create a transportation impact fee infill waiver for the same purposes with similar criteria as the existing infill waiver program for educational impact fees.

Ordinance 2019-26

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 22-10, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED WAIVER AND DEFERRAL OF IMPACT FEES FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL LAND USES; ESTABLISHING CRITERIA FOR THE WAIVER OF IMPACT FEES FOR TARGETED BUSINESS/INDUSTRY; AMENDING SECTION 22-11, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED PREPAYMENT OF IMPACT FEES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

This Ordinance modifies Section 22-10, Lake County Code, entitled Waiver and Deferral of Impact Fees for Commercial and Industrial Uses, for the purposes of establishing a transportation impact fee waiver for targeted business/industries that qualify for the Economic Development Grant Incentive program. This Ordinance also amends Section 22-11, Lake County Code, entitled Prepayment of Impact Fees, to modify the prepayment program for commercial and industrial uses.

Ordinance 2019-27

AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 9.02.04, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, ENTITLED “EXEMPTIONS TO TREE REMOVAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS;” REMOVING EXEMPTION FROM OBTAINING A TREE REMOVAL PERMIT FOR MUNICIPAL PUBLIC WORKS' PROJECTS; AMENDING SECTION 9.02.05, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, ENTITLED “CRITERIA FOR ISSUANCE OF TREE REMOVAL PERMIT;” PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The purpose of this Emergency Ordinance is to amend Lake County Code, Appendix E, Land Development Regulations (“LDR”), in order to revise Section 9.02.04, Land Development Regulations, to remove the exemption from tree removal permits for municipal public works' projects. This Ordinance also amends Section 9.02.05, Land Development Regulations, regarding the criteria for issuance of tree removal permits.

Ordinance 2019-34

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 6.06.01, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, ENTITLED “GENERAL PROVISIONS”; PROVIDING THAT MATERIAL EXCAVATED FROM AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS MUST REMAIN ONSITE; AMENDING SECTION 3.09.00, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, ENTITLED “LIGHTING STANDARDS;” CLARIFYING THAT DARK SKY LIGHTING IS REQUIRED FOR NONRESIDENTIAL AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend Lake County Code, Appendix E, Land Development Regulations (“LDR”), in order to revise Section 6.06.01, Land Development Regulations, regarding general provisions for mining, to require that material from the excavation that takes place on agricultural property must remain onsite. This Ordinance also amends Section 3.09.00, Land Development Regulations, entitled Lighting Standards, to clarify that “dark sky” lighting is required for all nonresidential and agricultural development.

Ordinance 2019-46

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING LAKE COUNTY CODE, CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 10, ENTITLED LAKE COUNTY ARTS AND CULTURAL ALLIANCE; AMENDING THE MEMBERSHIP; AMENDING THE TERM FROM TWO YEARS TO THREE YEARS; PROVIDING FOR APPOINTMENT OF ALTERNATE MEMBERS; MODIFYING THE QUORUM REQUIREMENT; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend Lake County Code, Chapter 2, Article IV, Division 10, entitled Lake County Arts and Cultural Alliance, amending the membership of the Alliance by adding two at-large members, increasing the terms from two years to three years, providing for the appointment of alternate members, and modifying the quorum requirement to be five members.

 
Proposed Ordinances
The following general ordinances are being proposed but have not yet been adopted by the County, or have been adopted but have not yet been filed with the Secretary of State:
Public Hearing Date(s) General Subject
August 27, 2019

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 18-2, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED “HAUL PERMIT;” CLARIFYING THE APPLICABILITY OF THE SECTION TO APPROVED DEVELOPMENTS; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend Section 18-2, Lake County Code, concerning permit requirements for hauling, as defined, on the County Road System within Lake County, Florida. This amendment intends to clarify the applicability of the ordinance to developments approved prior to February 12, 2019.

August 27, 2019

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; REPEALING CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 16, ENTITLED CAPITAL FACILITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, IN ITS ENTIRETY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR FILING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to repeal Lake County Code, Chapter 2, Article IV, Division 16, entitled “Capital Facilities Advisory Committee,” as the committee is no longer required by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners.

Note: To obtain a copy of an ordinance, please contact the County Attorney's Office at 352-343-9787 or publicrecords@lakecountyfl.gov, or by contacting the Board Support Office at 352-343-9827.

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