Global warming has resulted in another hot debate, centered around the city’s future land use plan.
On Friday, the planning board heard a presentation from city planner, Kris Van Lengen, on the state’s latest requirement. Lengen explained that the city must provide a report to the sate that addresses global warming, along with other issues the city deems important.
The board determined that a key part of defining major planning issues for the report will come through a public survey.
“We need to define what are our major issues, vet them with the public as well as state agencies like DOT (Department of Transportation), the water management district and county school board,” explained Van Lengen.
The state requires the city to complete a planning report by October 2011.
Climate change is a major planning requirement that the state now requires all districts to address. Greenhouse gasses, ‘green’ building, sea level rise and hurricane readiness are all elements that will affect the future of Florida’s development, according to the state.
Board member Monte Lazarus questioned whether the report is a “make work” endeavor by the state. Member Bob Brown wanted to make sure the report would be a tool the city could use for its own purposes as well.
To that end, the board determined that a survey will go out to residents asking for input, including areas like public works, public safety, transportation.
In other business, the planning board approved the name Midtown District for the re-development area designated for commercial properties and residences around Elkcam Circle.
Ruth McCann, executive director of Marco Island Civic Association, spoke to the board to clarify MICA’s role as a civic association. Renters and business owners can also become members of MICA, which holds deed restrictions on many Island properties.
The planning board has asked MICA to clarify the differences between the land development code and MICA’s deed restrictions.