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Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)
The City’s EAR was adopted in March of 2007. The Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) evaluates City progress in implementing the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan should act as a living and practical document guiding development, and enhancing and protecting the quality of life for the City residents. The analysis and subsequent recommendations put forth in detail in the EAR are intended to reflect the City’s desire to amend its Comprehensive Plan to achieve this goal. These evaluations fully comply with Florida’s statutes (Section 163.3191, F.S).

  • Identify major issues related to growth and development of the City;
  • Review success of plan implementation since the last EAR;
  • Assess acheivement of plan objectives;
  • Assess successes and shortcomings of the plan;
  • Identify ways the plan should be changed by responding to changing conditions and trends, the need for new data, and changes in state requirements and regional plans;
  • Evaluate the plan related to new statutory requirements for public schools, a regional water supply plan, coastal high-hazard areas, transportation concurrency management, and financial feasibility of providing infrastructure to maintain adopted level of service standards; and
  • Ensure effective intergovernmental coordination.

Major Planning Issues:
The City identified four major planning issues through a public participation process. The four issues identified and presented to DCA in the Letter of Understanding dated July 20, 2006, are as follows:

  1.  Address the need for attainable/workforce housing: As high housing costs have diminished the supply of attainable/workforce housing, there is a desire for the City to evaluate and assess current Comprehensive plan policies, programs, and regulatory framework to address the need for and promote attainable/workforce housing.
  2. Provide additional green space: As the City approaches build-out, there is the need to evaluate the Comprehensive plan policies to determine if they are adequate in guiding the amount and location of green spaces. Assess opportunities for green space linkages and enhancements.
  3. Encourage economic development: To plan for the City’s future economic vitality, there is the need to evaluate the City’s Comprehensive Plan policies, programs and regulatory framework used to guide existing and future economic development efforts.
  4. Address the transportation system to meet the City’s existing and future needs: As the City continues to grow and foster economic development and redevelopment, there is a need to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the City’s transportation system to ensure that it is adequate to meet the City’s existing and future needs.

Next Steps:
Following the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) finding that the EAR is sufficient, staff will adopt amendments to the Comprehensive Plan within the required 18 month period. Staff will make revisions to the Zoning Code within 12 months following the EAR Comp Plan amendment adoption.