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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Ad hoc committee moving forward on land-use map

Anna Maria's ad hoc comprehensive plan review committee met May 25 to share the final data members have collected to update the city's existing land-use map.

Committee members have canvassed the city collecting information to determine the types of lots and structures within the city and have almost completed updating the existing land-use map.

"You've done a fantastic job of collecting data for an existing land-use inventory," said committee facilitator Tony Arrant. "The map is pretty complete. I'm impressed."

Arrant told the committee it's time to decide what to recommend to the planning and zoning board for the land-use map. The committee has collected more detailed data than the land use map is required to show. For example, instead of labeling an area "residential," the committee has data that specifies which lots are single-family or multi-family uses.

Arrant warned the committee that the only downside to including so much data is that some of it is interpretive data and will likely be challenged by some residents.

Once the committee has an official up-to-date land-use map to work with, it can move forward and begin preparing recommendations for the city's future land-use map.

A final element the committee's updated map needs to show is the jurisdictional boundary of the city. Arrant said he would work on plotting the boundary using an aerial photograph of the city.

"At some point you need to move forward," Arrant told the committee. "I feel you've invested a tremendous amount of time and you will never get 100 percent accuracy. To move forward to reviewing pieces of the land-use elements, you need to say this is as good as it gets."

Members volunteered to rewrite specific sections of the comprehensive plan, then present their work to the entire committee for review.

Charles Canniff will write the housing element, while Doug Copeland was assigned to infrastructure. Chuck Webb is writing the coastal and conservation element while Chuck White is doing double duty, writing the elements for both recreation and open space and capital improvements. Suzanne Douglas was given the intergovernmental coordination element.

Arrant agreed to write the elements for traffic, public participation, and monitoring and evaluation.

Arrant said he would like the committee to present their work to the planning and zoning board in pieces so the commission can begin reviewing it and moving forward.

The P&Z will then hold a public hearing on the plan and forward its recommendations to the city commission, which must hold another public hearing before adoption.

The revised plans and code are due to the Florida Department of Community Affairs by March 2005.

Committee members agreed to hold two meetings in June, at 6 p.m. June 8, and at the same time June 22.