- Planning Commission to Collect Input from Local Officials Oct. 17From: Chris Waldman Subject: Planning Commission to Collect Input from Local Officials Oct. 17Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2003View Source
Planning Commission to Collect Input from Local Officials Oct. 17From: Chris WaldmanSubject: Planning Commission to Collect Input from Local Officials Oct. 17
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Planning Commission to Collect Input from Local Officials
TAMPA, FL (September 30, 2003) --The public process of identifying issues that could be addressed in an evaluation of the comprehensive plans for the four local governments in Hillsborough County will begin on October 17, 2003, with a half-day joint meeting of the Planning Commission, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Tampa City Council, Temple Terrace City Council and the Plant City City Commission. The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. in North Tampa at the University Area Community Center Gymnasium, 14013 N. 22nd Street. The public is invited to attend and observe.
The Planning Commission is embarking on a multi-year effort to update each of the comprehensive plans in Hillsborough County. The comprehensive plans are the long range blueprints put in place by the local governments to guide growth and development in a community.
Part of that process includes extensive public involvement to solicit input from as many individuals and organizations as possible in order to complete the state-mandated evaluation and appraisal reports (EAR) and subsequent updates for the comprehensive plans of Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City
"Comprehensive planning is a continuous and ongoing process, noted Planning Commission Executive Director Robert B. Hunter, FAICP." Periodic evaluation and appraisal reports of comprehensive plans and subsequent plan updates are integral to the ongoing process and are required by state law," he added.
Florida law requires the Planning Commission, as the designated local planning agency for all local governments in Hillsborough County, to prepare these reports and make recommendations to the governing body for each plan regarding the adoption of the proposed report.
The timeline set by the State of Florida for adopting the evaluation and appraisal reports is:
Hillsborough County - July 1, 2005
Plant City - July 1, 2006
Tampa - August, 1, 2006
Temple Terrace - September 1, 2006
Amendments to each of the four local comprehensive plans will be identified as part of the evaluation and appraisal report (EAR). Each plan will then undergo an amendment process lasting 12 - 18 months following adoption of the evaluation and appraisal report that will formally update the individual comprehensive plans.
The EAR will identify if any plan changes are needed to address new trends and conditions and will evaluate the successes and failures experienced in implementing the plans. The report must reflect changes in state and regional policies as well. This includes a new requirement from the Florida Dept. of Community Affairs to conduct an issue-driven assessment rather than just an assessment of the successes and failures of the plan, as had been required in past updates.
This will pave the way for the local governments to work together to identify key issues that often cross jurisdictional boundaries and enable any of the local governments to add additional topical elements to their individual comprehensive plans, if desired. By working together on the issue identification and public involvement processes, local governments can make full use of staff and ensure a cohesive baseline of data.
While public input will not be a part of the October 17 joint meeting, the public will be invited to attend a series of meetings during the next two years in which they can give feedback on the existing plans and identify issues they would like to see addressed in the evaluation and appraisal report and subsequent plan updates.
"To ensure maximum and meaningful participation from a cross section of county residents, the Planning Commission will use a variety of methods and approaches to solicit input. We will partner with community organizations and the media to use the existing capacity of community organizations and the media," noted Hunter. The process includes the identification of major issues through visioning and scoping meetings throughout the county and cities; assessment of plan objectives as they relate to major issues identified; public hearings; and the adoption of EARs for each local government.
Staff from government agencies and authorities throughout Hillsborough County and the surrounding counties will come together with regional planners who deal with water, transportation and land use on November 7 at Raymond James Stadium to give input on the evaluation and appraisal reports as well.
For more information contact:
Christine Waldman, Team Leader
The Planning Commission
(813) 273-3774, ext. 350
Team Leader, Public Participation
The Planning Commission
Phone (813) 273-3774, ext. 350
Switchboard (813) 272-5940
Fax (813) 272-5557