Every 10 years, citizens have an opportunity to help layout a vision for what they want to see their community look like in the future. State law requires a community to update the documentation known as a community’s Land Development Code every 10 years.
That plan or road map will present a vision for the future, which will include long termgoals and objectives for a wide range of activities that will affect local government and how a community is seen moving forward. Because the make-up and needs of a community may change over time, it makes the need for a regular review of that document all that more important to providing a landscape that reflects the up to date essentials of that community.
Marco Island is undergoing just such a reflection upon itself and what the community needs and requirements are in 2020 and over the next 10 years. The city began that self-examination last year when the council paid an outside consultant to come and help council, staff and the public to develop a “Strategic Plan” for the community moving forward during the next 25 years.
It is now time for that update of the community’s Land Development Code which will provide the tools necessary to make that a reality. As such, there are two important dates that islanders should pencil in on their calendars to provide their input and have a say in that process.
The first being September 8th when a Community Virtual Town Hall will be held. You may register for that by going to the city’s website at www.cityofmarcoisland.com. You mustpreregister to join that overview meeting to participate online. You will see a box immediately above the box which says calendar of events. Use the arrows to get to thesection that says, “Marco Island Comprehensive Plan Update,” and click on that. You will then click on the Virtual Community Meeting section to register for the meeting. After filling out that registration form a separate email will be sent to you giving you a link for the meeting which begins at 5:30 PM on September 8th. You will be able to do all this from the comfort of your home.
To the left of the portion that registers you for the Virtual Town Hall, you’ll see another section that says Community Survey. Please click on that and fill out the survey questions and follow those instructions to give the Dr. Margret Banyan your input as to those questions. This will give Dr. Banyan and her team a better overview of what residents are feeling about a number of subjects. You must do this by September 9th.
Dr. Margret Banyan from FGCU will head a team that will be working with city staff and citizens to develop the updated Land Development Code which will eventually go to theCity Council for their approval and sent along to the State of Florida for their approval. In addition to Dr. Banyan, Alexis Crespo of Waldrop Engineering and Dan Trescott of Trescott Planning Solutions who has a wide range of coastal planning experience will be part of that team.
A key element in the development of all this lies in the community involvement regarding the input that FGCU Team gets, according to Mary Holden, Senior Planner within the Growth Management Department. She made this clear as she remarked, “The public’s involvement in this process is key to the success that we will have as we move forward.”