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Date of Issue: November 30, 2006

Comp plan hearing Thursday in Anna Maria

After nearly four years of preparation, Anna Maria’s revised comprehensive plan and future land-use map head to the first public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

Among other controversial proposals, the plan calls for more retail-office-residential space along Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive and elimination of the R-2 (duplex) land-use category.

Development of the revised plan and FLUM first began in January 2003 when professional planner Tony Arrant made a presentation to the city commission on the process to revise the comprehensive plan, which is generally done every 15 years. Arrant was hired by the city at that time to facilitate the process.

The revised plan was due to be submitted to the Florida Department of Community Affairs in March 2006, but Arrant has said there is no penalty for missing the deadline as long as the document is being prepared.

What generally happens, according to Arrant, is that the DCA will review the comp plan and FLUM and return them to the city for revisions.

Once the DCA accepts a revised comprehensive plan, the city then has the thankless task of passing accompanying ordinances to support the provisions of the plan. At the same time, the city is likely to undertake a review of all city land-use ordinances to ensure compliance with the comprehensive plan and FLUM.