Monday, July 23, 2012

Review of New Horizon 2035 Lee Plan elements continues

BikeWalkLee has been participating in this year-long process of updating the Lee Plan to ensure that the complete streets/sustainability focus in the EAR is carried through in the actual Comp Plan amendments.

Background:  Horizon 2035 is a comprehensive review and update of the Lee Plan through the year 2035. The Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) adopted by the Commissioners in early 2011 resulted in a sustainable vision for growth and development. The County is now using this vision as the basis to update the Lee Plan’s goals, objectives and policies. Over the past year, the staff has been presenting draft Comp Plan language for each of the elements in the Plan.

The next two elements were presented to the LPA on Monday, July 30th at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers in downtown Fort Myers:
1.  Community Facilities--This section is an update of the existing element that addresses the need to provide public services and infrastructure systems--sewers, solid waste, drainage, portable water, and groundwater.
2.  Communities--This element is new, based on the recommendations of the EAR.  The new element better defines community planning, formalizes the community planning development and amendment process, and encourages a more robust and useful public participation process.

The agenda also includes a general overview discussion (no briefing materials) on the important topic of Land Use and Transportation.

At the June LPA meeting, staff announced that there will be workshops as well as an online participation opportunity using a new program called "Mind Mixer".  In addition, staff announced that the LPA will hold two all-day workshops for their July and August meetings.

The public is encouraged to attend the LPA meetings and there is an opportunity for public comment at the meetings.

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