Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lake Asbury Residents Don't Want Further Development

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lake Asbury Residents Don't Want Further Development

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When residents and planners meet for the third time tomorrow night at Lake Asbury Elementary School to discuss the future of Lake Asbury and surrounding areas, two key questions likely will dominate the discussion.

How will the area look in five, 10, 20 years?

How should it look within that time?

Many homeowners in the area already have stated their preference for keeping things pretty much the way they are now, according to a survey of residents who attended the first community meeting to discuss the Lake Asbury Master Development Plan on April 20.

"It [survey] basically said that people want it [the area] left the way it is," said Clay County Planning Director Lynn Weber. "They don't want any more development."

But development is going to occur one way or another, so the best course of action is to get everyone to participate in the planning process now, Weber said.

"We're going to go through the whole consensus-building process," she said.

The general subject of tomorrow's two-hour meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will be "Where are we going?"

Specific topics will focus on land use and development forms, transportation network, environmental/natural resource protection, public facilities and infrastructure and stormwater management and drainage.

Presentations will be made by officials from the Florida Department of Transportation regarding road and traffic conditions, from the Clay County Utility Authority concerning water and sewer infrastructure, and from the county engineer's office to discuss current drainage conditions and plans for future drainage improvements.

County Attorney Mark Scruby also will talk about building moratoriums, zoning and land-use issues and private property rights.

The Lake Asbury Master Development Plan, which is scheduled to be presented to the County Commission in April, will establish future land uses and development standards in a 30,000-acre area surrounding the lake community.

About 350 people jammed into the cafetorium at Lake Asbury Elementary School during the initial meeting last month to express their opinions about future development. …

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