Lake Jackson Sustainable Development Project
The Lake Jackson Sustainable Development Project will develop draft policy changes aimed at fostering sustainable development in the Lake Jackson basin. After a process of collaborating with the public to develop the draft policies, they will be presented to the Leon County Commission for consideration in October of 2014. This site will be updated periodically as details on project components are developed.
This project was initiated by the Leon County Commission when they established a strategic initiative to "develop solutions to promote sustainable growth inside the Lake Protection Zone." At the November 19, 2013 Workshop the Planning Department presented information on concepts to further the initiative and the County Commission provided direction on the next steps.
Key concepts and information reviewed at the workshop to frame direction for the project:
On December 10, 2013 the County Commission ratified their actions taken at the November 19, 2013 workshop on the Lake Jackson Sustainable Development Project. The Commission directed County staff to include community and stakeholder collaboration in the development of draft policy changes. Commission direction included two primary policy change concepts:
1. Creating a New Lake Protection Node Zoning District
2. Additional Steps to Foster More Compact and Walkable Development.
Coordinate with the City and bring back a potential Common Cluster Option for both the incorporated and unincorporated areas within Lake Protection that also incentivizes use of the cluster option.
- Review the existing exemption for Sidewalks in Lake Protection and bring back draft land development regulation changes with increased requirements for developments that have the potential for walkability.
The Commission also provided direction to initiate two straightforward Comprehensive Plan amendments and to continue four ongoing efforts. The Comprehensive Plan amendments are scheduled for adoption on May 27, 2014 and the other efforts are ongoing.
- Initiate a comprehensive plan text amendment and Land Development Regulation changes to remove the half-acre lot size restriction in the unincorporated area when sewer is available.
- Initiate a comprehensive plan map amendment to reflect the Overstreet addition to Maclay Gardens as Recreation/Open Space.
- Continue implementation of the sense of place planning projects at the Lake Jackson Town Center and the Market District.
- Maintain the existing Urban Service Area boundary line to promote infill and nodal development.
- Continue to seek funding for the Tallahassee – Leon County Greenways Master Plan.
- Continue to implement the current two-track permitting system to expedite review and provide reductions in the level of review for projects that implement Smart Growth principles.
This section will continue to be updated as more events for review and participation in the project are added.
Conduct site visits and develop materials to communicate project concepts to the public so that meaningful input can be provided.
Initialcollaboration with organized stakeholder groups including:
- Friends of Lake Jackson
- Sustainable Tallahassee
- The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
- Network of Entrepreneurs & Business Advocates
Hold community meetings for each of the potential Lake Protection Node Zoning areas to seek public input and collaboration on draft policies.
Analyze input and modify draft policies.
Take the draft policies and recommended actions to the County Commission for consideration.