Friday, January 3, 2014

Updated Schedule for New Horizon 2035 Lee Plan Review

 A revised schedule for the final phase of the Comp Plan (Horizon 2035) update process was issued this week, with final review delayed until late March.  The update process moves the County forward towards the goal of revising Lee County's growth management plans to bring the vision of a Livable Lee to reality.  The schedule for what revised elements will be reviewed by the committees in the next three months is provided below.  For background on the process, read our December blog post.

Over the past two years, the county staff and its committees have been working through the elements of the Comp Plan Horizon 2035 update, following the vision adopted in the County's 2011 Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR).  This new vision of Lee County in 2035 - an economically and environmentally desirable place to live, work and visit - was crafted through an extensive community planning effort that included over 40 public workshops. The Comp Plan update process is revising Lee County’s growth management plans to bring that vision of a Livable Lee to reality. 

The Element that have completed committee review are:
·        Capital Improvements
·        Coastal & Conservation Management
·        Economic
·        Housing
·        Historic Preservation
·        Intergovernmental Coordination
·        Parks, Recreation, & Open Space
·        Administration
Remaining Elements to Review:
In January, the committees (CSAC on 1/15/14 and LPA on 1/27) will review the following elements:
  1.  Vision (3rd review)
  2. Community Facilities and Services
In February, the committees (CSAC on 2/20 and LPA on 2/24) will review the following elements:
  1. Communities
  2. Community Safety and Well-being
In March, the committees (CSAC on 3/19 and LPA on 3/24) will review the following elements:
  1. Transportation
  2. Future Land Use
  3. Maps
There is an opportunity for public comment on these elements at every CSAC and LPA meeting, and the public is encouraged to participate.

Once the LPA review is complete for all elements, they will be prepared for review by the BoCCC.
  As always, the schedule may be amended. 
BikeWalkLee focus:
Integration of land use and transportation planning is key to complete streets and complete communities, so these two elements will continue to be a major focus of BikeWalkLee's attention. These revised elements are scheduled for review in January/February.

 For background on BikeWalkLee's views, click below:
·        BWL comments to county Local Planning Agency on land use elements (4/5/13)
·        BikeWalkLee overview comments on 10/26/12 Draft Transportation Element (11/25/12)

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