On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, room 302 in the Broward County Governmental Center was packed. Filled to capacity with interested people who are actively participating in the process as Broward County continues its initiative to update its current Comprehensive and Land Use Plans. Henry Sniezek, the Director of Broward County Planning and Redevelopment Division, made it clear to those in attendance that we are going to, “Do this right.”
Thanking the Broward County Commission for providing a framework of eighteen months to two years that really allows for a thorough and in depth process, Mr. Sniezek added, “We don’t want to rush it.”
With the competent team of Barbara Boy-Blake, Maribel Feliciano as well as Peter Schwarz, Deanne Von Stetina and staff; this effort has been very well organized and orchestrated to maximize the input from the community. With a very straight forward approach of posting a guiding framework that has been organized along the identified GOPs, (Goals, Objectives, Policies) for each focus area; the participants are asked to provide 3 to 5 “game savers and changers” as well as strategies for reaching those who should be included in the process.
The focus areas of this meeting:
Natural, Recreational and Historic Resources: preliminary points of interest for the focus area – water resources, air quality, green/energy efficient + sustainable land use patterns, recreation + open space, conservation and cultural and historic resources.
Public Facilities (non transportation): preliminary points of interest for the focus area – potable water, wastewater treatment, drainage/flood protection, electric energy, community facilities and public schools.
Disaster Prevention and Emergency Management: preliminary points of interest for the focus area – county wide post-disaster redevelopment plan, repetitive loss properties, vulnerable populations and non-conforming uses. Miguel Ascarrunz, the Director of Broward County, Emergency Management Division was on hand outlining efforts of his department. Climate change is an issue that has been integral in every focus area both at today’s meeting and at the previous one held on October 16, 2014. He stated that both regionally and nationally there is more of a “focus on mitigation” in response to this critical issue.
As Broward County navigated the participants through one focus area and then to the next, certain themes began to emerge as a priority. There have already been many efforts that have taken place in our region that could prove to be benenficial. In response, Broward County will create a matrix of plans citing sourcing from Seven 50, Six Pillars, Broward County Climate Change Task Force, the Compact and more. The public also stressed that the result of this process should have “meaningful outcomes”.
The next focus areas will be:
Transportation (anticipated start time of 2:45 p.m.)
The meetings will be held next Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM, room 422 in the Broward County Governmental Center.
As it has been said many times, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Have a wish list of items you would like to see be different? This is your opportunity. Make a point of joining one of the upcoming meetings.
For more information, go to Broward Next.
If you have any questions regarding the process or participation, please contact Henry Sniezek at 954.357.6670 or email@example.com or Barbara Boy at 954.357.6982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All meetings will be held at the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301.