REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
MAY 1, 2007
The Lake County Board of
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE
Reverend Earl Wright, of the
UMATILLIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OBSERVE THE MEETING
Mr. Tommy Hayes III, teacher of American Government and
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the Minutes of March 27, 2007 (Regular Meeting) and March 30, 2007 (Special Meeting), as presented.
CLERK OF COURTS’ CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved the Clerk of Courts’ Consent Agenda Tab 2, Items 1 thru 8, as follows:
List of Warrants
Request to acknowledge receipt of list of warrants paid prior to this meeting, pursuant to Chapter 136.06 (1) of the Florida Statutes, which shall be incorporated into the Minutes as attached Exhibit A and filed in the Board Support Division of the Clerk's Office.
Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases
Request to acknowledge receipt of Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases, for the month ending March 31, 2007, in the amount of $195,763.21. Same period last year: $222,649.65
Request to acknowledge receipt of Notice of Commission Hearing and Pre-Hearing to Progress Energy Florida, Inc., and all other interested persons. Docket No. 060162-EI. Notice is hereby given, that a hearing will be held before the Florida Public Service Commission regarding the application of Progress Energy Florida, Inc., to recover the costs of its modular cooling tower project, at the following time and place:
Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at 9:30 a.m.
Ordinance from the City of
to acknowledge receipt of Annexation Ordinance 2007-05, amending the boundaries
of the City of Tavares, by annexing approximately 11 acres of property located
northerly of Lane Park Road lying approximately .7 miles west of the
intersection of SR 19 and
Lane Park Road. Passed and ordained the
4th day of April, 2007, by the City Council of the City of
Request to acknowledge receipt of the City of
Request to acknowledge receipt of Order Suspending Proposed Final Rates and Granting Interim Rate Increase. Docket No. 060368-WS. Order No. PSC-07-0325-FOF-WS, Issued April 16, 2007. Re: Application for increase in water and wastewater rates in Alachua, Brevard, highlands, Lake, Lee, Marion, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia, and Washington Counties by Aqua Utilities Florida, Inc.
Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Annual Financial Report
Request to acknowledge receipt of Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Annual Local Government Financial Report, and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), on CD, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006.
Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes
Request to acknowledge receipt of Southwest Florida Water
Management District Governing Board Meeting Agenda for April 24, 2007, to be
held at 9:00 a.m., at the Brooksville Headquarters,
motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by
a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the
Request for approval and authorization for the Chairman to sign the Second Amendment to the FY 2005-06 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Partnership Agreement between the Forest Hills-Lake Mack Association and the County.
for approval of Resolution No. 2007-70, recognizing the accomplishments of
Request for approval for staff to submit an application for the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Trip and Equipment Grant for FY/2007/2008, as well as approval of supporting Resolution No. 2007-71.
Request for approval for staff to submit an application to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged for the Rural Capital Assistance Support Grant Program, and approval of supporting Resolution No. 2007-72.
Request for approval of a Request for Application (RFA)
to the Florida Department of Health, Hispanic Obesity Prevention &
Education (HOPE) Grant in the amount of $10,000.00. This retroactive approval
is being requested due to the timing issue of when they were notified of the
grant opportunity and the application due date of May 2, 2007. If the RFA is
approved for funding, the contract/agreement for funding will be placed on the
Board Agenda for approval following review by the
Request for approval and execution of a Release of Fine. Property Owner: William J. Vandertulip, Code Case# 2005070339 - Commission District 1.
Request for approval and execution of a Release of Fine. Property owner: Angelina Messina & Grazia Messina, Code Case# 2001090097 - Commission District 3.
Request for approval and execution of Release of Fine. Unlicensed contractor citation paid - Commission District 2.
for approval and execution of a contract with Prime Electric, LLC to provide
construction of park entry sign walls throughout parks in
Request for approval to award ITB# 07-0826 for a Heated Asphalt Storage Tanker to
E. D. Etnyre
& Company in
for approval and execution of a contract with Affordable Structures, Inc. to
provide construction of pre-cast restrooms for six (6) Lake County parks: Lake
Idamere Park, Twin Lakes Park, Paisley Park, PEAR Park, Pine Forest Park and
Ferndale Preserve; and approve the transfer of $76,000 from South District Impact
Fees. The cost of the contract is not to exceed $760,000 within a one year
period. The estimated cost of the restrooms for the six parks is $456,000,
based on specific unit pricing for each park. The remaining $304,000 on the
contract will provide a means to add restrooms to
Request for approval to submit grant application to the United States Fire Administration Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Application period is March 29th through May 4th with awards given out prior to the end of the year. Matching funds will be submitted as an enhancement request in the FY 2008 budget.
Request for approval for Department of Public Safety Communications Division, in concert with the Fire Rescue Division, to submit grant application to the United States Fire Administration Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Regional Project. The grant is administered by the Department of Homeland Security and is available to help fire service agencies improve the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel. The grant program has an application period ending May 4, 2007, with awards given out prior to the end of the year. Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked by May 1, 2007.
Request for approval for Department of Public Safety Communications Division in concert with the Fire Rescue Division, to submit grant application to the United States Fire Administration Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Regional Project. The grant is administered by the Department of Homeland Security and is available to help fire service agencies improve the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel. The grant program has an application period ending May 4, 2007, with awards given out prior to the end of the year. Matching funds will be provided by utilization of existing 860640 funding from Automation Funds Carry Forward approved as part of Resolution No. 2007-18 on 2/6/07.
for approval to submit a Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Recreational Trails Grant application, for a grant in the amount of $200,000
for the development of a multipurpose paved trail, boardwalk, signage, benches,
and bike racks in
Request for authorization to accept the final plat for Sawgrass Bay Phase 1B and all areas dedicated to the public as shown on the Sawgrass Bay Phase 1B final plat, accept a performance bond in the amount of $1,792,693.12; and execute a Developer’s Agreement for Construction of Improvements between Lake County and DeLuca Enterprises, Inc. Sawgrass Bay Phase 1B consists of 114 lots and is located in Section 14, Township 24 South, Range 26 East - Commission District 2.
Request for approval to accept the attached list of public right of way deeds that have been secured in conjunction with roadway and/or stormwater projects - Commission Districts 1, 2, 4, and 5.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
Request for approval and execution of a contract with Government Services Group, Inc. for Fire Assessment Development Studies in the amount of $54,500.
motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by
a 4-0 vote, the Board approved the
Request for approval of Second Amendment to Sub-Lease
Agreement between Armory Board and
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
The Chairman presented the following Employee Awards, at which time Ms. Kasie
McAdams, Employee Services Manager, gave brief remarks about each individual and their service to the County:
Presentation of Award to Employees with Five Years of Service
Donovan Miller, Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic
Public Safety/Fire Rescue
Jared Mielke, Firefighter/EMT
Public Safety/Fire Rescue
Stephen Cantley, Equipment Operator III
Public Works/Road Operations/Maintenance Area II
Corey Mathis, GIS Analyst
Paul Githuka, Senior GIS Analyst
Teresa Conant, Office Associate IV
Grace Watson, Commissioners Aide
BCC Administrative Support (not present)
Presentation of Award to Employees with Twenty Years of Service
Yancey Peterson, Fire Lieutenant/EMT Public Safety/Fire Rescue (not present)
Presentation of Award to Employee with Twenty-Five Years of Service
Carmen Carroll, Building Services Manager
Growth Management/Building Services
Employee of the Quarter – First Quarter
County Manager/Information Outreach
Supervisor of the Quarter – First Quarter
Earl “Ken” Harley
Public Transportation Manager/Community Services
RESOURCE EFFICIENT COMMUNITIES
Pierce Jones, Director, Program for Resource Efficient Communities, gave a
slide presentation about Resource Efficient Communities in the State of
Dr. Jones warned about the waste of water by poorly designed irrigation systems and that a sprinkler that was continuously hitting the side of a house could be a potential mold hazard. He commented that most insurance companies only allowed one incident of mold and mildew with a maximum damage amount of $5,000. He gave some statistics about water consumption in the county and stated that many communities were using an amazing amount of water for irrigation of the landscape, with a conservative number being 100,000 gallons per household per year. He stated that new technologies such as smart irrigation and soil moisture sensors, which cost around $75 to $300, could cut down wasted water use by as much as 50%. He stated that by better planning in new communities and leaving more natural space and wooded areas with hearty plants that were drought tolerant and required less watering could cut consumption dramatically. He spoke about a subdivision in Gainesville (Madera), that used this type of landscaping, and he spoke about three communities he was working with: Sugarloaf, The Hills of Minneola, and Bella Collina, to implement the use of water conservation methods within those developments, along with the St. Johns River Water Management District, who would be reviewing the site plans prior to approval. He finished by saying that meaningful reductions in energy consumption, water consumption, and improvement of water quality could be obtained by following the practices that were promoted by the various companies he recommended such as Water Star, Energy Star, Green Built Homes of Florida, and Florida Yards and Neighborhoods.
WATER CONSERVATION METHODS
Mr. Gene Caputo, Intergovernmental
Coordinator for the St. Johns River Water Management District, spoke about the different
ways the people of
Mr. Caputo referenced the Home Water Use Survey contained in his handout, which he said could be made available to the public to educate homeowners about water consumption in and around the house. He pointed out that the average water use was approximately 150 gallons per day, per person, but that there were developments in Lake County that were using between 900 to 1,000 gallons per day per person, because of the deed restriction requirements of those communities. He felt that there was a lack of education and a lack of concern among the public regarding water conservation. He stated that he believed that the biggest challenge was educating society about the water problems facing us today and that Florida Water Star and WAVE have conservation programs that could be utilized by the communities. He described how low flow plumbing, or reduced flow plumbing in toilets, showers, and faucet heads could help reduce water consumption tremendously. He stated that over 50% of residential water use goes toward outdoor irrigation and that we need that to change. He referred to a booklet that he had distributed called Water Wise Florida Landscapes that contains lists of trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and ground covers that grow well in Florida, and contains information about what to plant, how to plant, where to plant, and how to maintain those plants. He closed his presentation by saying that they were there to help in any way they could in establishing a good, concise, and effective water conservation program.
Ms. Nadine Foley, Local Planning
Agency (LPA) Chairman, addressed the Board regarding water usage and
conservation. She distributed some
information about Lake County Nursery Best Management Practices, and stated
that there would be three water efficiency workshops held in July, on the 11th,
18th, and 25th of this year, at various nurseries in North, Central, and
RECESS AND REASSEMBLY
At this time, the Chairman announced that the Board would take a fifteen minute recess.
WATER QUALITY AND THE CLERMONT CHAIN OF LAKES
Lumbard, Water Resources Project Manager, Lake County Water Authority, addressed
the Board and recognized Ms. Mary Hamilton, Lake County Public Works, and Ms. Cathie
McGwier, Environmental Services Compliance and Enforcement Lab Supervisor, stating
that they had been doing an excellent job in assisting him collect data for his
presentation. He stated that he was
going to speak about water quality, including stormwater issues, what happens
when it rains and where the water goes. He stated that in August and September
of 2006, his office instructed his staff to go to the local governments to get
support for stormwater retrofits, because they had an algal bloom in the
Clermont Chain of Lakes, which still persists today. He said that they were concerned as this was
the first time they had seen a large algal bloom in these larger lakes, but they
were used to seeing algae in the smaller lakes.
He stated that the Water Authority has some programs that may be able to
eliminate some of these problems. He
showed an aerial photo of the Clermont Chain of Lakes, which he commented were
excellent for skiing, and fishing and just for the scenic views. He pointed out that the water in the lakes
was naturally brown or tannic, which was different from the Harris Chain of
Lakes, which was not tannic but green and had been for some time. He informed the Board that the water quality
historically has been very good in the Clermont Chain of Lakes, because they
have had a very low level of nutrients, which feed things like the algae, and did
not have the invasive plants that are a problem in the Harris Chain. He commented that nutrient balance is very
important and that it is necessary to understand what effects the nutrient
balance, and what happens when it is out of balance. He stated that nitrogen
and phosphorus compounds were the nutrients that they were mostly concerned
about, as well as human caused sources, such as fertilizer, septic and runoff; and
that natural sources, such as those coming from the
LEARNING COALITION OF
Lesha Coffield, Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Lake
County, addressed the Board about their mission of educating people in our
county about the early learning programs for children ages birth through five, stating
that Lake County families were our future and our most vulnerable
resource. She stated that according to a
2005 chart of progress there were over 22,000 family households with related
children younger than age 18, and 8,000 households with children younger than
age five. She informed the Board that
the median household income was $36,900, and that over 8,000 families are below
150% of the Federal poverty level. She stated
that a family with a gross income of $38,700 would spend 27% of their income on
childcare for an infant and a three year old in a child care center. She explained that there were approximately
180 child care providers in
Coffield reported that learning begins at birth, that early experiences have a
huge impact on a child’s overall development, and that the brain is at least
85% developed by the age of five. She informed
that the window of opportunity for development of thinking skills is from 0 to
48 months of age; reading skills 0 to 24 months of age, with the greatest opportunity
of enhancement between two to seven years; emotional intelligence 0 to 48
months; motor development 0 to 24 months, with the greatest opportunity of
enhancement between two to four years of age; music 0 to 36 months with the
greatest opportunity of enhancement between three to ten years of age. She added that Mozart began playing the piano
at age three. She stated that it is
documented that increased experiences define the wiring of an infant’s brain and
that 60% of nutrition is used by the brain during the first year of life, and
decreases to 30% by the age of three, which is why there is a high priority for
early education for
Coffield pointed out that the Volunteer Pre-Kindergarten Bill (VPK), which was signed
by the Governor in January of 2005,
effective date January, 2006, allowed for each four year old in the State to
have the opportunity to attend a high quality pre kindergarten program for
free. She stated that during the 2006
program year, the Coalition served over 1,900 children in
1. Children that spend most of their time playing and working with materials or other children, and do not wander aimlessly and are not expected to sit quietly for long periods of time.
2. Teachers that work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times of the day, not spending all of their time with the whole group.
3. The curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help, and that teachers recognize that because of different background situations children do not learn the same things, at the same time or the same way.
4. Children should have access to various activities throughout the day with assorted building blocks and other construction materials, props for pretend play, picture books, paints, puzzles, matching games and other art materials.
5. The classroom should be decorated with the children’s work, including stories and artwork.
6. Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups throughout the day, and not just at group story time.
7. Children learn numbers and alphabet in the context of everyday experiences, and learn about plants and animals in the world.
8. Children participate in cooking, taking attendance or serving a snack, providing the basis for learning activities.
9. Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least 1 hour) to play and explore. Worksheets are used very little, if at all. Outdoor play is never sacrificed, but included in everyday activities.
10. Children enjoy coming to school, do not cry regularly or complain, and parents feel
secure about having their children in the program.
Ms. Coffield explained that the Coalition provides early educational services to make sure children are truly ready to learn by the time they enter kindergarten. She closed by stating that research shows how important early learning is, and that now it was our turn to show how important each of us could be in the lives of our children.
A presentation of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for VolunteerLake participants was made, as follows:
Kimberly Ann Hassall performed 304 hours, and Jennifer Sullivan (not present) performed 284 hours of volunteer service within twelve months to earn gold awards.
Cara Reid (not present) performed 106 hours, Jose Ojeda performed 104.25 hours, Sheila Haddadi performed 101.25 hours, Jenica Tutin performed 102.50 hours, and Rakesh Mathura performed 100.75 hours of volunteer service within twelve months to earn bronze awards.
JAIL AND JUSTICE SYSTEM ASSESSMENT
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved a request from Fletcher Smith, Director of Community Services, for approval to contact and negotiate an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections to obtain their assistance in completing a Jail and Justice System Assessment. Agreement will be returned for Board review and approval after the negotiations
STIPULATED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR DEPARTMENT OF
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board postponed Tab 26, for approval of a Stipulated Settlement Agreement for the Department of Community Affairs v. Lake County until the May 22, 2007 Board of County Commissioners Meeting.
Stivender Jr., Public Works Director, addressed the Board stating that
Mr. Gonzales explained that they had two public meetings, one in December of 2005, at which the public had voiced fears of high speeds if the roadways were widened and improved; excessive loss of property, in order to provide frontage for the ditches, loss of trees, traffic noise; and the need for a protective barrier. He stated that the next meeting was in October 30, 2006 and some of the concerns of the public at that meeting were about the twelve foot trail, construction on Wolf Branch, and sight distance coming out of their driveways.
informed the Board that the new improvements consisted of leaving it a two lane
roadway, with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour, with fourteen foot
lanes with curb and gutter on each side, a twelve foot trail on the west side
and a six foot sidewalk on the east side of the facility. He mentioned that the trail could eventually
extend west to SR 44 and Umatilla and east to
Mr. Gonzales showed a slide of what was presented at the last meeting, and stated that they had also presented two alternative typical sections, with one providing an eight foot sidewalk on each side of the facility, and the next one reduced the sidewalks from eight feet to five feet, thus widening the roadway to twelve feet, with a four foot bike lane on each side of the roadway itself. He referred to the three drawings that he had handed out to the Board for them to look at. He addressed the environmental impacts and stated that scrub jays, as well as gopher turtles, had been spotted in the area, but that they had already received clearance from the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
that they had performed a traffic noise study in the corridor during peak hours
to determine if there were any potential noise problems, and found that they
were under the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) threshold of 67. He opined that traffic over the next 10 years
would increase 100%, which would require traffic signals to be placed at both
Commr. Stewart interjected that many of the comments that she had received from several of the homeowners in the area were that they did not understand why there were sidewalks and trails when the roads that it connects to do not have sidewalks or trails.
Chairman Cadwell opened the public hearing:
Mr. John Brodcheck,
the owner of a parcel of land on
Mr. Mark Shower, a resident who lives on Britt Road, addressed the Board stating that the one thing that had not been mentioned was utilities and that there was a pole in front of his house. He said that he had mentioned this at some of the meetings, but no one has said what will be done with the utilities on his street, just that it was another issue. He stated that he would like to know what is being done about it, and that he does not want a pole at his front door. He agreed that the speed would present a problem, and stated that he did not want to deal with an eminent domain issue. He stated that he was against a 12 foot path leading nowhere.
Mr. Rick Johnson,
who lives on
Kirkman, who lives on Britt Road addressed the Board stating that she and her
husband had written into the record stating that she believed everyone had
agreed that Britt Road needed to be widened with twelve foot travel lanes, two
foot paved shoulders, with a type F curb and gutter. She stated that what they did not agree on
was the excessive taking of land for a pedestrian trail and sidewalk that went
nowhere. She stated that at a previous
meeting, it had been discussed that these trails and sidewalks could not
connect to either
Mr. Jim Stivender Jr., Public Works Director, interjected that the County would schedule some more meetings to address the issues that the homeowners had brought up and see about amending the plans without the sidewalks or pedestrian trail.
Crawford, a resident of
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board postponed a request from Public Works for approval of the contract amendment for the completion of the design phase of the Britt Road Project. The Board recommended that the plans be amended to twelve foot lanes, with curbing and gutters excluding the sidewalks and trail, to be brought back at a later date.
APPOINTMENTS TO THE CHILDREN’S SERVICES COUNCIL
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved the following reappointments to the Children’s Services Council:
District 1 - Lorrie Simmons
District 2 - Barbara Howell and Gary Clark “At Large”
District 3 - Linda Lewis
District 4 - Mike Matulia and Trella Mott “At Large”
District 5 - Christopher Watson with Sandra Stura “At Large,” to complete an unexpired term for Debbie Thomas.
REAPPOINTMENTS TO THE PARKS, RECREATION AND TRAILS ADVISORY
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved the following reappointments:
District 1 - Hugh Davis
District 2 - Basha Schlazer
District 3 – David Clutts
District 4 – Bobby Gibson
APPOINTMENT TO THE ELDER AFFAIRS COORDINATING COUNCIL
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved the appointment of Ann Lewis to the Elder Affairs Coordinating Council, to complete an unexpired term ending January 31, 2008, representing District 1.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER HILL – DISTRICT 1
TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE PRESENTATION
Commr. Hill reported to the Board that May 9, 2007 was the Transportation Impact Fee Presentation, which was going to be presented at the Lake-Sumter MPO meeting, and suggested that they attend.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER STIVENDER - DISTRICT - 3
NATIONAL COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved Proclamation No. 2007-73, designating May 2007 as National Community Action Month.
2007 LEESBURG BIKEFEST
Commr. Stivender stated that the Leesburg 2007 Bikefest was a huge economic boost to Lake County, and that the safety issues were not a problem like they were last year.
Commr. Stivender stated that Cinqo de Mayo was
Saturday May 5th, and she was going to give a welcome in Spanish in
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER STEWART – DISTRICT - 4
JUVENILE JUSTICE TEEN SUMMIT
Commr. Stewart reported that she attended
the Juvenile Justice Teen Summit with Commr. Stivender, and it was
excellent. She stated that they
discussed making good choices, bullying, and not letting the hard knocks in
life get you down. She commented that
the students were well behaved, but that there was not as big a turnout in
XERISCAPE GARDEN DEDICATION
Commr. Stewart stated that she and
Commr. Hill were at
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER CADWELL – DISTRICT 5
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved Proclamation No. 2007-74 proclaiming May 2007 as Law Enforcement Month.
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
Mr. Roy Hunter, East Lake Chamber of Commerce, addressed the Board and stated that he had seen a statement that Commr. Hill had made about watering between 4:00 and 7:00 in the morning, which he believes is correct that the water does not evaporate as much at these times. He also stated that by putting bricks in the large toilet tank, people could conserve water and that if you fill up your gas tank early in the morning when it is cooler, you would get more, because gasoline shrinks when cool and expands when hot. He believes that the County could save money by doing this. He stated that he used to own a gas station and you should not fill up your tank while a tankard is filling the underground tanks, because you might get some water in your gas tank.
RECESS AND REASSEMBLY
12:00 p.m., the Chairman announced that the Board would recess until the
Workshop at 1:30 p.m. at the
WORKSHOP PROCESS AND INTRODUCTION OF LPA CHAIRPERSON
Carol Stricklin, Growth Management Director, opened the workshop by giving the
Board an overview of the first three work sessions in their review of the first
Comprehensive Plan and what they were going to do that day. She explained that the work sessions were to
review those elements of the Comp Plan that were transmitted to the Board by
the Local Planning Agency (LPA) late last year. She reported that the next two
work sessions would be on Monday, May 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the
LPA TRANSMITTAL OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ELEMENTS
Nadine Foley, Chairman of the LPA, introduced other members of the LPA that
were present, including Mr. Scott Foley; Ms. Cindy Barrow, the School Board
representative; Mr. Rob Kelly; Ms. Vickie Zaneis, and Mr. Keith Schue. She thanked the Board for their patience, and
noted that they were mindful that they were behind schedule and had been
meeting three times a month since the beginning of the year to get their part
completed. She reported that they had
taken public input and had carefully considered the views of the citizens of
THE PROCESS – FROM EAR TO COMP PLAN
Ms. Amye King, Deputy Director,
Growth Management Department, stated that during the late 1980’s, Lake County
was undergoing recovery from the freezes, and about that time, the Florida
Legislature also passed the first Growth Management Act. She explained that while recovering from the
Ms. King related that in 2004, the Board separated out the Planning and Zoning Commission into two boards; the Zoning Board would from then on just review rezonings, and the LPA, a nine-member committee, would be committed solely to the update and rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan and the LDR rewrite. She stated that staff started working on population projections, forming demographic teams, and working with all the departments in the County to discuss the fundamental data that would support the County’s goals, objectives, and policies. The County began writing the Data, Inventory & Analysis in 2004 and started submitting it to the brand new LPA for review, and in February of 2005, they started a very rigorous public participation plan, by holding 17 meetings. She related that in May 2006, the LPA started reviewing the map, a culmination of all the Data, Inventory & Analysis and all the elements that had been reviewed. She reported that the next evaluation of their plan was due in August of 2008. She commented that the new Data, Inventory & Analysis was based on the 2000 census, which was the most up to date census they had, and that the next census would be coming out in 2010. She also explained that the Board would be looking at how they had addressed all 400 concerns that were brought up from the committees in 2001.
DATA, INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS
Mr. Alfredo Massa, Case Manager, Growth Management Department, stated that his staff agreed with the numbers that were in the demographic information in the backup, and that the 2005 estimate was very close to the figures that they had calculated for 2005 as well. He also stated that the municipalities updated their population projections, and most of those numbers were a result of the school concurrency work that they had started doing last year. He commented that the big difference that the Board would note was that the municipalities anticipated a lot faster population growth then the County had estimated for them, and if the trends that they had projected proved accurate, the municipalities would probably end up with more than two-thirds of the population by 2025. He stated that it took them about 1 ½ to 2 years of working with the various departments within the County and some of the municipal partners to get the DCA to approve those estimates, and they needed to continue using those figures until they implemented the Comprehensive Plan. He stated that since 2005 to the present, there had been about 18,000 acres that had been annexed into the municipalities, which would necessitate the population figures to be redistributed accordingly, but they recommended that the Board did that once they get the EAR part of the implementation.
Mr. Massa referred to the allocation
of the land included in the County shown on the handout, showing that the total
acres in the County was roughly about 749,000 acres, as well as the division of
land between municipalities, lakes, residential, rural, and business. He commented that the Wekiva River Protection
Area and the
Commr. Stivender asked if the SAP referred to in the handout was State owned properties.
Mr. Massa responded that it referred
to Special Area Plans, which were currently in
PARKS AND RECREATION ELEMENT
Mr. Wayne Bennett, Planning Director, stated that the previous numbers presented set the tone for the Comprehensive Plan, and he emphasized that the material in the backup were interim handouts, because the LPA had not concluded its work efforts. He stated that the books given to the Board contained the first three elements, the draft, and the transmittal elements of the topics discussed that day. He explained that the next group of things the Board would receive would be all of the remaining elements that the LPA had transmitted.
Commr. Stivender asked what the time frame would be for the Future Land Use with the LPA.
Mr. Bennett responded that the LPA was trying to complete their activities as quickly as possible, but he did not know that there was a specific time frame. He related that there were three meetings scheduled in May, and that he believed that the mapping work was fairly close to completion, but that there were still some significant policy topics that they had to deal with regarding Land Use.
Commr. Stivender stated that she was currently the liaison to Parks and Recreation, and they were reviewing the Parks and Recreation element again themselves, because some of the things had not been done, and she just wanted to make sure they were not duplicating things and were all working together.
Commr. Cadwell inquired whether the proposed the level of service would also include any of those lands purchased under the Land Acquisition program.
Mr. Bennett stated that it did not figure directly into that particular number as he understood the recreation element, and that it included acres focused primarily on community and regional parks, and some of those could include some types of those lands, but he did not think all of them were included.
Bennett opined that the Master Plan was an excellent plan, and most, if not
all, of the objectives and policies contained in this plan were also found in
the Parks and Recreation element, and everyone was on the same page with regard
to direction. He noted that one change
was that the level of service went from .92 acres per 1000 residents to 4 acres
per 1000 people, also noting that
Cadwell commented that that was an expensive level of service to have for
parks, and the decisions made in
Commr. Stivender stated that she was on the original Comp Plan Committee, and the reason the level of service was originally lower was because of funding sources, and finding the funding sources to keep that level up was a major issue.
Bennett related that there was a lot of work in the Master Plan process
Mr. Bennett stated that the existing plan was the same as the proposed plan in terms of required open space on PUD’s (Planned Unit Developments). He also commented that, regarding facility standards, one thing that was included in the existing plan that was not in the proposed plan was that there were a series of numbers in the existing plan stating how much should be spent per acre or per group of people for each particular type of park. He commented that taking the place of that, this plan contained a number of prototypes of neighborhood and community parks based upon the acreages that were associated with that and stating what those kinds of park facilities would cost, and that this plan offered a better understanding of the costs and benefits of level of service standards and recreational needs. He opined that one of the things that he particularly liked about the Master Plan and what was in the proposed Comprehensive Plan was that recreational planning areas were established. He also commented that the Joint Planning Areas would probably be a concern more and more in the future.
Brian Sheahan, Planning and Community Design, Growth Management, stated that
the Conservation element provided a framework for monitoring, management, and
the use of the County’s natural resources.
He commented that the element was interrelated with many of the other
elements by its nature, in particular the Future Land Use, Recreation and Open
Space, Intergovernmental Coordination, and Transportation elements. He commented that the element provided
information and guidelines regarding the suitability of lands for development,
particularly those lands containing or influencing significant or sensitive natural
resources. He also noted that there were
guidelines for establishing open space corridors, nature education programs,
land use compatibility, and acquisition areas.
He pointed out that the element also provided guidelines for the
planning of roadways, such as the
Mr. Sheahan stated that the element was divided into four broad categories, which were air, water, land, and environmental systems. He explained that the air category objectives of the element required the County to implement State and Federal guidelines to improve and protect air quality and ensure the County met or exceeded all applicable air quality standards. He specified that the ground and surface water objectives of the element required the County to coordinate with local, State, Federal, and regional agencies to protect the quality and quantity of ground water resource recharge areas and prevent excessive groundwater draw downs. He also described the guidelines regarding aquifer protection zones, landscape irrigation, monitoring of septic systems, storm water practices, and land use strategies. He also mentioned that there were policies for flood plane protection, wet land conservation, preservation of sensitive lands, mining, and encouraging green building systems. Mr. Sheahan also related that the open space definition was similar to the existing one and did not change the potential density of the property, but did restrict what counted as open space by excluding residential yards and including land only outside of fairways on golf courses as open space.
Mr. Alfredo Massa, Case Manager,
Growth Management Department, commented that there were less low income
households in the County during a 2005 survey than there were in 2000, going
from 15 percent below poverty in 2000 to 10.2 percent in 2005. He also commented that the home ownership
rate increased from 70 percent to 80 percent in that time, and that the average
medium income rose to $45,198 for
Mr. Massa stated that in the adopted Comp Plan, there were a couple of items that were not carried over, such as the permitting of accessory housing; the requirement that new development reserve a portion of total units for affordable housing; and utilizing tax increment financing. He explained that a study done in 2005 identified that by 2025, there would be a need of approximately 73,000 additional affordable housing units, which would account for about two-thirds of the total projected households that would be created in the County within the next 20-year planning horizon. He stated that some of the challenges they faced as they went forward were the facilitating of the provisioning of adequate housing for all the residents that they anticipated would be coming to the County. He was concerned that the reduction of the housing market would make it harder to work with developers on the affordable housing element.
Commr. Cadwell asked what the logic was in not including the options such as requiring new development to reserve a portion for affordable housing or some similar program. He was concerned that the practice of setting up housing outside of new developments for housing would create slums and that there should be some way of integrating housing.
Mr. Massa responded that the biggest drawback of including that in there was that it would mean building more homes.
Commr. Hill stated that the County was supposed to establish a policy regarding utilization of job training and creating economic solutions in regard to affordable housing, and currently the County did waivers for affordable housing which the County paid through the assessment that they collected. She inquired whether there was another level of affordable housing of low to moderate for that category of people that were in essential jobs that were needed in Lake County such as fire fighters, teachers, police, and nurses, where the County could offer some relief in impact or other fees and if there was something they were not doing at that level that they could be doing.
Commr. Cadwell commented that that
was more a policy question for the Board, and he had been talking with the
Commr. Hill commented that other counties have done a type of recruitment to attract teachers by giving them some type of impact fee incentive if they continue to teach in that particular school district for a certain number of years.
Commr. Cadwell commented that the plan he was looking at would only be available to existing citizens of the County, to help only current residents and not giving incentives for others to move here. He also stated that the Board would have further discussions about the affordable housing issue.
WRAP - UP
Ms. Stricklin concluded by stating that they would like to take away any questions or policy areas that the Board would like to discuss at future workshops. She stated that they had been making notes with regard to Parks and Recreation to make sure they were coordinated with the Comprehensive Plan and wanted to look at the issue of workforce housing.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
WELTON G. CADWELL, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK