Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Full Docket for Planning Commission

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Full Docket for Planning Commission

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer

The Clay County Planning Commission's first monthly meeting of 2003, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, promises to be a real doozy.

Because the commission had to cancel its November meeting, due to the absence of four members, a number of items were carried over to the December and January meetings.

As a result, Tuesday's agenda is lengthy and contains some weighty subjects, not the least of which is a complex tree-protection and landscaping ordinance that has been in the works for the past few years.

The proposed legislation has been sought by advocates to put an end to the practice by developers of clear-cutting land for residential and commercial developments. In addition to controlling the removal of trees, the measure would establish new landscaping standards, including a requirement for trees along roadways in new housing developments and islands of greenery in parking lots of shopping centers.

A key provision of the proposed ordinance would require developers to follow specific procedures to preserve trees on their property, or get permits from the county to remove ones that must go and agree to replace them with other trees.

The seven-member advisory planning board also will consider:

--A proposed land use change on 868 acres presently designated as agricultural land west of County Road 315 and north of Florida 16 near Green Cove Springs. The proposed change would designate the land for use as a business park, with 615 acres earmarked for industrial development.

The county planning department supports the request. In a report attached to the planning commission agenda, the planning staff noted that "public facilities and [utility] services are available," and that the site could become a significant employment center in the future. …

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