PAGES ONE AND TWO DEFERRING ROGO AND NROGO ALLOCATIONS IN TIER I AND II AREAS
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RESOLUTION NO. P26-03
A RESOLUTION BY THE MONROE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDING APPROVAL TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE REQUEST FILED BY THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT DESIGNATING TIER MAPS AND ADOPTING INTERIM DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS DEFERRING ROGO AND NROGO ALLOCATIONS IN TIER I and TIER II AREAS UNTIL LDR AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS IMPLEMENTING THE CARRYING CAPACITY STUDY ARE DRAFTED AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION OR TWO YEARS, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
WHEREAS, the Monroe County Year 2010 Comprehensive Plan in Goal 102 requires Monroe County to direct future growth to lands most suitable for development and to conserve and protect environmentally sensitive lands and Objective 102.3 requires that new development occur where site disturbances and man's activities have fewer adverse effects on natural vegetation; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Administrative Commission in 1996 enacted Rule 28-20.100, which created the "Work Program" in the 2010 Comprehensive Plan and required, among other things, the preparation of a Carrying Capacity Study for the Florida Keys; and
WHEREAS, Year 6 (July 13, 2002 through July 12, 2003) of the "Work Program", section C., requires the County to implement the Carrying Capacity Study by the adoption of all necessary plan amendments to establish development standards to ensure that new development does not exceed the carrying capacity of the county's environment; and
WHEREAS, the "Work Program", section F. directs the County to initiate and complete a collaborative process for the adoption of Land Development Regulations (LDR) and Plan amendments to strengthen the protection of terrestrial habitat; and
WHEREAS, the Carrying Capacity Study, completed in September 2002, concluded "that land development in the Florida Keys has surpassed the capacity of upland habitats to withstand further development"; and
WHEREAS, Goal 105,"Smart Growth", was adopted by the Board of Count
Commissioners in 2001 to provide a framework within the 2010 Comprehensive Plan to implement the Carrying Capacity Study; and
WHEREAS, Objective 105.2 of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan directs the County to map and designate land within the Florida Keys into three categories - Natural Area, Transition and Sprawl Reduction Area, and Infill Area; and
WHEREAS, the Tier Maps were drafted based on the requirements and scientific findings of the Carrying Capacity Study, Rule 28-20.100 and Goal 105; and
WHEREAS, the draft Tier Maps have been reviewed at public workshops in the upper Keys on January 21 and February 6, 2003 and on February 19, 2003 in the lower Keys and at Planning Commission meetings. Revisions have been made to these maps based on the public input, further analysis, and site investigations; and,
WHEREAS, the LDR and Comprehensive Plan amendments to implement the protection of the terrestrial ecosystem requirements in Rule 28-20.100 are incomplete and will not be prepared and adopted by July 13, 2003, deadline and the loss of valuable native habitat is continuing as development in these areas continue; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission at a regular meeting on March 13, 2003, directed staff to move forward and prepare a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for a deferral of ROGO and NROGO allocations, while staff prepares amendments to the 2010 Comprehensive Plan and the LDRs to further protect the terrestrial ecosystem; and
WHEREAS, this deferment will protect the natural environment while providing additional time to incorporate a comprehensive legal and financial review of the proposed amendments and to identify dedicated funding sources for land acquisition; and
WHEREAS, this deferment will be a demonstration of good faith to the Governor and Cabinet that the County is seriously working towards implementing the Carrying Capacity Study and Rule 28-20.100 and should be considered in substantial compliance in meeting the Work Program goals; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission reviewed the Interim Development Ordinance in public hearing on May 7, 2003.
WHEREAS, The Planning Commission was presented with the following evidence, which by reference is hereby incorporated as part of the record of said hearing;
1. Staff report prepared on April 23, 2003 by K. Marlene Conaway, Director, Planning and Environmental Resources; and
2. The report titled _ Report to the Planning Commission Implementing Goal 105 and the Carrying Capacity Study Tier Maps and
3. County-wide draft Maps dated May 6, 2003 designating Tier I, II and III.
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