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Marco Island ails from la maladie du jour. It stems from a lack of commitment to its own Comprehensive Plan and Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) which clearly lays out its policies and vision/foundations.
These are the official documents that guide future development on this island. But in the never ending need to address every knock on the door seeking economic enhancement, I see a city who's vision is murky because these documents are treated in the same fashion as some in Washington, DC treat the Constitution.... as irrelevant.
And the real insult to those who are paying attention, the Comprehensive Plan and EAR were last amended in 2009 and 2005 respectively. Considered to be newborn in city years.
The theme of these documents can be summarized within the body of the documents:
“The intent of the original Deltona Plan was for the creation of a residential community with sufficient commercial land opportunities to meet the needs of the residents.”
"The adopted Comprehensive Plan contains numerous policies to deter rezoning of property, especially from residential to commercial use."
I too would question why is the city petitioning for rezoning before the Planning Board for the third time, in light of the policies laid out in the existing planning documents of the city.
No matter how well a plan is laid out there seems to be the never ending need to tweak or simply come up with a new idea and present it over and over again until it is accepted from lack of opposition, interest or a new Planning Board that can be "convinced" that the Comprehensive Plan is too restrictive.
Well folks, this is my NEW idea, how about sticking to the ORIGINAL plan that was envisioned less than 50 years ago and amended and passed by Council just 4 and 8 years ago.
I could go on ad infinitum but this city really does NOT follow any plan, least of all its own. The city is actually in the business of submitting variances as the soup du jour.
It might be good strategy for enticing diners but is NOT good policy for a city. It simply undermines its own foundations. It is never good when a city cannot follow its own policies and then laments that the citizens need more regulations to maintain property values.
I think its time we start to close this operation down for malpractice. Its getting grossly absurd.
And now we have the Midtown Center Plan? Is it a plan or just another soup du jour?
The special today: __________________
God help us all!!!!!!!!!
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