The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, February 4, 1992 at 5:05 p.m., in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Michael J. Bakich, Chairman; Don Bailey; C. W. "Chick" Gregg; Richard Swartz; and Catherine Hanson. Others present were: Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney; Mike Anderson, Interim County Manager; Ava Kronz, Assistant to the County Manager; and Marlene S. Foran, Deputy Clerk.
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
The Chairman, Commr. Bakich, opened the meeting by stating that the Board had just concluded a workshop on the Land Development Regulations (LDRs), and it was the consensus of the Board, at this time, to continue this public hearing, due to there being a great deal of information which remains to be covered. He stated that the intent of the Board is to schedule additional workshops, at which time discussion occurred regarding the time frame needed for further review of the LDRs, and the scheduling of the workshops.
Ms. Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney, stated that, based on statutory requirements, a time frame should be established for the public hearings. It was the consensus of the Board to schedule the first public hearing regarding the Land Development Regulations on May 5, 1992, at 5:05 p.m., and the first workshop will be scheduled on February 11, 1992, at 1:00 p.m.
Mr. John Swanson, Executive Director of Planning & Development, appeared before the Board and requested authorization of the Board to open negotiations with Henigar & Ray, Inc., for the purpose of amending their contract to extend their services to reflect a fixed fee contract.
Ms. Gail Easley, Henigar & Ray, Inc., appeared before the Board and questioned if the Board would like them present at each workshop, to which the Board responded yes.
Mr. Swanson stated that he would like to distribute a final copy of the document on the LDRs by April 21, 1992, which would give the Board two weeks for review before the public hearing on May 5, 1992.
At this time, Commr. Bakich called for public comment, and stated that comments will be limited to three (3) minutes.
Mr. William H. Good, a resident of Yalaha, appeared before the Board and presented a document, for the record, of written comments and suggestions for the Board's review. He stated that there have been major policy changes in the LDRs from the time they left the Executive Advisory Committee, and he has a major concern that the definition of "Open Space" should not include recreational infrastructure, such as golf courses, tennis courts, golf driving ranges or lakes. He suggested recreational infrastructure examples be removed from the definition, and open space as ecostructure areas and not infrastructure areas be applied. He addressed the definition of the word "conservation", stating that the wise use of resources should include all resources and not just "natural" resources.
At this time, Commr. Bakich encouraged the public to present any comments they may have regarding the LDRs prior to the public hearing on May 5, 1992, so that they have the ability to review them.
Mr. Claude Smoak, a Lake County resident, appeared before the Board to express his congratulations and support of the Board's action to continue the LDR review process. He requested that copies of the LDR document, which the Board is working from, be made available to the public so that they have the advantage of working from the same product.
On a motion by Commr. Bailey, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board moved to adopt a schedule for the
public hearings on the Land Development Regulations, to be held on May 5, 1992, at 5:05 p.m., and on May 19, 1992, at 5:05 p.m.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.
MICHAEL J. BAKICH, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK