Walton County conducted three public meetings to present the Work-In-Progress Draft Comprehensive Plan Updates for the Intergovernmental Coordination, Capital Improvements , Infrastructure (Potable Water and Groundwater Recharge, Sanitary Sewer, Drainage and Aquifer Recharge),  and Public School Facility Elements. These meetings were conducted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018,  at the Freeport Community Center in Freeport, FL; on January 25, 2018, at the Rosemary Beach Town Hall in Panama City, FL; and on Monday, January 29, 2018, at the South Walton Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.  Thank you to all who came out to learn about and discuss the proposed changes to these Comprehensive Plan Elements.        

This series of meetings is part of Walton County’s initiative to update both the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to achieve a high quality built environment while preserving and enhancing the natural environment.

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At the regularly scheduled Planning Commission public hearing on Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the following Comprehensive Plan Update amendments:

Public School Facilities Element

Repeal of the Public School Facilities Element with existing Policy PS-1.2.7(2) – a requirement for sidewalks for new development and redevelopment within 2 miles of an existing or planned school, to be incorporated in the Land Development Code Chapter 5, Development Standards, for new development and redevelopment within 1 mile of an existing or planned school.  

Intergovernmental Coordination Element

Approval of the draft language as proposed.

Capital Improvements Element

Approval of the draft language as proposed, with the understanding that the Capital Improvement Schedule is not included.

Infrastructure Elements (Potable Water/Groundwater Recharge, Solid Waste, and Drainage)         

Approval of the draft language as proposed, with a change to Drainage Policy I-1.4.4.2, whereby the County would initiate the stormwater utility study for the ordinance within 3 years.        

Click here to watch the video of the Planning Commission meeting for these items.  

These Comprehensive Plan Elements will be considered at an upcoming Board of County Commissioners public hearing for transmittal to the State Department of Economic Opportunity and other state agencies for review and comment.  

 

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SAVE THE DATES! August 9, 14 and 15, 2017

You are invited to attend public workshops to review Phase II of the Draft Comprehensive Plan Update and Chapter 2 Land Use Districts of the Land Development Code for Walton County on Wednesday, August 9; Monday, August 14, 2017, and Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Walton County will be hosting these workshops to introduce the proposed draft changes in Phase II which includes the Intergovernmental and the Future Land Use Elements. Because of the relationship between Future Land Use in the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Districts in the Land Development Code, proposed draft changes to Chapter 2, Land Use Districts of the Land Development Code will also be presented and discussed.

Public Workshops for the final Phase III of the Comprehensive Plan Update will be scheduled for future dates.

The public is invited to attend the workshops, learn about the proposed draft changes to these Elements and the Land Use Districts, and provide feedback on the proposed draft changes. This workshop is part of Walton County’s initiative to update both the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to achieve a high quality built environment while preserving and enhancing the natural environment.

The public is encouraged to attend these workshops. Your input is important and will help the county ensure that the Comprehensive Plan continues to serve the needs of all county citizens.

The workshop will be conducted in three locations throughout Walton County for your convenience...

Rosemary Beach
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Rosemary Beach Town Hall
                   48 South Barrett Square
                    Panama City Beach, FL 32461

Freeport
Date: Monday, August 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Freeport Community Center
                  16040 US Highway 331 South
                   Freeport, FL 32439

Santa Rosa Beach
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: South Walton County Annex
                  31 Coastal Centre Boulevard
                  Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

Walton County staff conducted three public workshops to review Phase I of the Draft Comprehensive Plan Update for Walton County on Monday, May 15; Monday May 22, 2017, and Monday, June 5, 2017.

These workshops introduced the proposed draft changes to the Conservation, Coastal Management, Recreation and Open Space, and Housing Comprehensive Plan Elements and provided an opportunity for public discussion and input. Input from these workshops is incorporated in the options laid out for the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for June 12th, 2017. Summaries of the meetings will be provided on this website shortly. The workshops are part of Walton County’s initiative to update both the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to achieve a high quality built environment while preserving and enhancing the natural environment.

The Walton County Planning Commission heard the first four Work-in-Progress Draft Comprehensive Plan Updates for the Conservation, Coastal Management, Recreation and Housing Elements at a Special Meeting on Monday, June 12th at 5:00 PM at the South Walton Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

Click here for the Planning Commission Meeting Materials

The goal of the Planning Commission meeting was to establish a consensus based recommendation for each of the various issues that the Board of County Commissioners can consider at the executive level. The final transmittal public hearing for the elements is not tentatively scheduled to occur until September of this year. This meeting was a follow-on to the public workshops that were conducted on May 15th and 22nd, and June 5th.

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