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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Public input sought by Holmes Beach planners

The Holmes Beach Planning Commission and city planner Bill Brisson are encouraging residents tell them what comprehensive plan and land development code issues they believe the city needs to address. Three information gathering sessions are being organized for Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall.

The city commission hired Brisson to work in conjunction with the planning commission to review all LDC provisions for consistency with the city's comprehensive plan and for internal consistency within the LDC.

Commission Chairperson Sue Normand stressed that the information sessions provide an opportunity for residents to make a difference early in the process and have their voices heard.

Normand suggested that each information session be designated for specific neighborhoods so that residents have an opportunity to address concerns that specifically apply to them.

"Different areas do have different concerns," Normand said. " And we might get more participation."

Brisson noted that public input should be limited to problems that deal specifically with the LDC. He also suggested that he would approach business owners and contractors who, in the course of their business, use the LDC to provide input.

"It's very practical to get input from professionals that have to use it all the time," Brisson said, "and look at the glitches they encounter."

A questionnaire will also be available for those who don't wish to speak at the information sessions, but want to provide input.

In the meantime, the planning commissioners and Brisson agreed to review a list of issues provided by city staff and the results of the community visioning process conducted by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council last year.

Planning commissioners will meet again Aug. 19 and finalize plans for its public information sessions.