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Date of Issue: March 19, 2008

DCA gives initial OK to Anna Maria comp-plan

Anna Maria officials learned from the Florida Department of Community Affairs last week that their comp-plan "appears to be complete" and the adopted plan review is "under way."

The DCA told comp-plan facilitator Tony Arrant, the planning professional hired by the city five years ago to guide it through the process, that the agency will issue a "notice of intent" to approve the plan about March 21.

 DCA plan review and processing administrator D. Ray Eubanks said the city might be asked to provide "additional supporting documentation" to "ensure a thorough review,” but he did not elaborate.

 Anna Maria began the process of revising its comp-plan in early 2003 and was originally slated to have the plan completed by 2006, but received an extension due to mitigating factors. The DCA requires Florida cities to review and revise their comprehensive plans every 15 years.

The city commission is still holding public hearings on the plan and is considering several changes that might affect the retail-office-residential zoning along a portion of Gulf Drive and all of Pine Avenue.

Commissioners have been concerned about the wording in the section of the future land-use element of the plan that deals with how many structures can be built on one lot in the ROR.