Leon County
Board of County Commissioners

Cover Sheet for Agenda #8
 
December 10, 2013
To: Honorable Chairman and Members of the Board
  
From: Vincent S. Long, County Administrator
  
Title: Ratification of Board Actions Taken at the November 19, 2013 Workshop on Proposed Solutions to Promote Sustainable Growth Inside the Lake Protection Zone
  

 

 

County Administrator
Review and Approval:
Vincent S. Long, County Administrator
Department/Division
Review and Approval:
Tony Park, P.E., Director, Public Works and Community Development
Wayne Tedder, Director, Planning, Land Management and Community Enhancement (PLACE)
Lead Staff/
Project Team:
Cherie Bryant, Interim Planning Manager
Brian Wiebler, Principal Planner
Stephen Hodges, Senior Planner

 

 



Fiscal Impact:

This item has no fiscal impact to the County.


Staff Recommendation:

Option #1: Ratify Board actions taken at the November 19, 2013 Workshop on Proposed Solutions to Promote Sustainable Growth Inside the Lake Protection Zone.

  

Report and Discussion

Background:
On November 19, 2013, the Board conducted a workshop to consider proposed solutions to promote sustainable growth inside the Lake Protection Zone.

The Workshop was essential to the following FY 2012 & FY 2013 Strategic Initiative that the Board approved at the January 29, 2013 meeting:

This particular Strategic Initiative aligns with the Board’s Strategic Priorities – Environment and Governance:

Staff from the Planning Department, Development Support and Environmental Management, and Public Works developed several concepts intended to implement this Initiative.  These concepts were presented at the November 19, 2013 workshop.

Analysis:

Staff presented its recommendations to the Board during the workshop.  After the staff presentation, the Board discussed the recommendations and approved the following Option #1, A-L: Accept the following staff recommendations and recommended implementation phases.

A. Direct staff to develop and bring back a new Lake Protection Node zoning district for the Lake Protection land use category that allows non-residential uses and higher density housing while requiring the Lake Protection stormwater standards.
B. Direct staff to develop and bring back land development regulation changes requiring site design standards for the new Lake Protection Node zoning district.
C. Direct staff to identify non-conforming land uses in Lake Protection that cannot be addressed by the new Lake Protection Node zoning district and bring back a plan to address them.
D. Direct staff to coordinate with the City and bring back a potential common cluster development option for both the incorporated and unincorporated areas within Lake Protection that also incentivizes use of the cluster option.
 E. Direct staff to initiate a comprehensive plan text amendment and Land Development Regulation changes to remove the half-acre restriction in the unincorporated area when sewer is available.
F. Direct staff to review the existing exemption for sidewalks in Lake Protection and bring back draft land development regulation changes with increased requirements for developments that have the potential for walkability.
G. Continue implementation of the sense of place planning projects at the Lake Jackson Town Center and the Market District.
H. Direct staff to initiate a comprehensive plan map amendment to reflect the Overstreet addition to Maclay Gardens as Recreation/Open Space.
I. Maintain the existing Urban Service Area boundary line to promote infill and nodal development.
J. Continue to seek funding for the Tallahassee – Leon County Greenways Master Plan.
K. Direct County staff to continue to implement the current two-track permitting system to expedite review and provide reductions in the level of review for projects that implement Smart Growth principles.
L. Direct staff to include community and stakeholder collaboration in the development of policy changes related to recommendations in this report.

Phasing of Recommended Actions
Given the size and complexity of the recommended project concepts, staff recommends the following workplan and schedule for implementation:

Phase I (Ongoing Efforts)
Recommendation G:  Continue implementation of the sense of place planning projects at the Lake Jackson Town Center and the Market District.
Recommendation I:  Maintain the existing Urban Service Area boundary line to promote infill and nodal development.
Recommendation J: Continue to seek funding for the Tallahassee –   Leon County Greenways Master Plan
Recommendation K:  Continue to implement the current two-track permitting system to expedite review and provide reductions in the level of review for projects that implement Smart Growth principles.

Phase II (2014-1 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle)
Recommendation E:  Direct staff to initiate a comprehensive plan text amendment and Land Development Regulation changes to remove the half-acre restriction in the unincorporated area when sewer is available.
Recommendation H:  Direct staff to initiate a comprehensive plan map amendment to reflect the Overstreet addition to Maclay Gardens as Recreation/Open Space.
 

Phase III (Code and Policy Work in 2014)
Recommendation F:  Direct staff to review the existing exemption for sidewalks in Lake
Protection and bring back draft land development regulation changes with increased requirements for developments that have the potential for walkability.
Recommendation B: Direct staff to develop and bring back land development regulation
changes requiring site design standards for the new Lake Protection Node zoning district.
Recommendation C:  Direct staff to identify non-conforming land uses in Lake Protection that cannot be addressed by the new Lake Protection Node zoning district and bring back a plan to address them.

Phase IV (2015-1 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle)
Recommendation A:  Direct staff to develop and bring back a new Lake Protection Node zoning district for the Lake Protection land use category that allows non-residential uses and higher density housing while requiring the Lake Protection stormwater standards.
Recommendation D:  Direct staff to coordinate with the City and bring back a potential common cluster development option for both the incorporated and unincorporated areas within Lake Protection that also incentivizes use of the cluster option.

Options:
1. Ratify Board actions taken at the November 19, 2013 Workshop on Proposed Solutions to Promote Sustainable Growth Inside the Lake Protection Zone.
2. Do not ratify Board actions taken at the November 19, 2013 Workshop on Proposed Solutions to Promote Sustainable Growth Inside the Lake Protection Zone.
3. Board direction.
 
Recommendation:
Option #1.

 

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