The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Monday, January 7, 1991, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Donald B. Bailey, Chairman; C. W. "Chick" Gregg; Commr. Catherine C. Hanson; Richard Swartz; and Michael J. Bakich. Others present were: Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney; Alan A. Thelen, County Manager; James C. Watkins, Clerk; and Marlene S. Foran, Secretary.
COMMITTEES/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
LAND USE ELEMENT OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
Commr. Bailey stated that the Public Hearing today is a workshop on the Comprehensive Plan with the consensus of the Board to direct the workshop to the Future Land Use Map.
Mr. John Swanson, Executive Director of Planning & Development, appeared before the Board stating that the Comprehensive Plan has been printed and approximately 100 copies have been distributed to the Commission, to the committee members, to libraries, to each city, the courthouse and to various participants in the program, with extra documents available for purchase at a cost of $75.00 per copy.
Mr. Swanson stated that the document distributed today does not include a Future Land Use Map, but staff will have a map prepared for the Public Hearing on January 8, 1991 at 6:00 p.m.
Mr. Swanson presented to the Board a Rural Village Policy, which states the following draft policies are for consideration and should be inserted after Policy 1-11.4, if the Board chooses to add them to the Future Land Use Element under Goals, Objectives, and Policies. Mr. Swanson stated that the policies establish future Rural Villages, and the definition of Rural Villages. Mr. Swanson stated that Policy 2-1.10A and Policy 2-1.10B are for consideration and should be inserted after Policy 2-1-10, if the Board chooses to
add them to the Traffic Circulation Element under Goals, Objectives, and Policies.
Mr. Swanson stated that consideration needs to be given to changing the Level of Service on Highway 441, from approximately Leesburg to Tavares, from Level of Service "C" to Level of Service "D". Discussion from the Board followed regarding this change.
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried, the Board approved the recommendation by staff to change the Level of Service "C" on Highway 441 to Level of Service "D".
Commr. Swartz voted "No".
Mr. Swanson presented Map 6 to the Board stating that one significant change on Map 6 is the reinstatement of the "Snowflake" area, and stated that the year 2005, which previously prevented the snowflake area from being considered for development until the year 2005, has been deleted.
Mr. Swanson stated that the Map represents a market driven plan that is based on expansion as long as the developer, using a Land Use Plan Amendment, meets the criteria and infrastructure is in place, providing for water and sanitation facilities.
Discussion occurred from the Board regarding the population projections, with Mr. Swanson stating that external influences and factors, that impact the County's growth, have been taken into consideration, along with the DRI site, to reach a population of 407,000 people by the year 2005 for the County.
Commr. Gregg presented to the Board his version of a Future Land Use Map, stating that the major change is changing the Urban area from 15-1 to 10-1, which helps to solve the problem of too much land area for population growth. Commr. Gregg stated that his map shows the protected areas, such as the Wekiva and Green Swamp areas, in dark green with the rural areas in a lighter green, giving a feel for the amount of the County that is being considered for rural densities, which is approximately 45% of the County.
Discussion continued from the Board regarding Map 6 and Commr. Gregg's map. Commr. Gregg commented that the market is what is
going to drive the land use map, stating that, with his map, property owners can maintain a similar value to their property that they currently have.
Discussion occurred regarding Policy 1-11.6: Definition of Rural Village, with Commr. Gregg stating that it was his intention that the definition of Rural Villages be defined as areas in which services are available or can be provided.
Commr. Swartz called attention to Policy 1-11.15: Commercial Uses within Rural Villages and questioned the use of the word "project".
Commr. Gregg stated that the language in Policy 1-11.14: Expansion of the Rural Village Boundary should allow for new Rural Villages and not just existing Rural Villages as the language now states.
Discussion occurred from the Board regarding language in Policy 1-11.9, Size and Designation of Rural Villages, which states Rural Villages shall be a minimum of one hundred (100) acres. The Board's consensus was there would be no minimum size for Rural Villages.
Commr. Gregg questioned if it was necessary to designate Rural Villages or future Rural Villages on the Future Land Use Map, as currently stated in Policy 1-11.8: Designation of Rural Villages. Discussion occurred with reference to Policy 1-11.5 regarding the Land Use Plan Amendment.
Discussion occurred from the Board regarding Policy 1-11.4: Designation of Rural Villages, which lists Paisley, Lake Kathryn, Lake Mack, Bay Lake, Altoona, Ferndale, Yalaha, Pittman, Astor Park, Lake Jem, and Lisbon as existing Rural Villages, with the consensus of the Board to designate the existing Rural Villages as the policy now states.
A motion was made by Commr. Gregg and seconded by Commr. Hanson to accept the Future Land Use Map presented by Commr. Gregg.
Discussion occurred from the Board, with staff clarifying that the Board will have the authority to make further comments and changes to the map in question.
Commr. Swartz commented that the map in question represents urban sprawl, which may be unfair to the property owners of Lake County, thus creating inequities to those property owners.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion, which carried.
Commr. Swartz voted "No".
Discussion occurred from the Board regarding the vesting issue.
Mr. Al Thelan, County Manager, questioned when the County will start using the Comprehensive Plan once it is submitted, with the consensus of the Board to continue using the policies, that are in place at this time, until the plan is reviewed by the Department of Community Affairs and adopted in July, with staff encouraging applicants to incorporate the new policies into their plans until the plan is reviewed by the Department of Community Affairs and adopted in July.
Discussion occurred from the Board regarding Policy 1-11.3: Countywide Transfer of Development Rights (TDR).
The Chairman announced that there will be a Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. on January 8, 1991 on the Future Land Use and a Public Hearing on January 15, 1991 at 5:00 p.m. on the Comprehensive Plan Element.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.
DONALD B. BAILEY
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK