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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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.

Public Workshop Scheduled for Walton County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code Update

SAVE THE DATES!: February 21, 22, and 23, 2017

Walton County will be hosting a public workshop for the update of the Walton County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code on Tuesday, February 21st; Wednesday, February 22nd; and Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. The public is invited to attend this workshop and learn about the 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. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to provide input on areas of concern.

The public is encouraged to attend this workshop. Your input is important and will help the county ensure that the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code continue to serve the needs of all county citizens.

The workshop will be conducted in three locations throughout Walton County for your convenience with a similar presentation at each.

South – West Walton County
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: South Walton Courthouse Annex
                 31 Coastal Centre Boulevard
                 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
  
South – East Walton County
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Rosemary Beach Town Hall
                 48 South Barrett Square
                 Panama City Beach, FL 32461
 
North / Central Walton County
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: DeFuniak Springs Community Center, Activity Room
                  361 North 10th Street
                  DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

For more information, please submit a comment request using the green tab on the left side of the website.

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