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Take Action/Osceola County Development Plan on 17,000 Acres PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marjorie Holt   
Monday, February 1 2010
 February 1, 2010

> Dear Osceola Sierra Club Members,
>
> The Sierra Club Central Florida Group is urging you to
> take action on the following project. Osceola County is
> proposing a 17,000 acre / 26 square mile expansion to the
> urban growth plan called the N.E. Conceptual Master Plan.
> The land is currently owned by the Church of Jesus Christ
> of Latter Day Saints and is located south of the
> Osceola-Orange County line from the Econlockhatchee River
> Swamp and headwaters at the east, Outback Road to the west
> and south of Nova Road. Previously known as The Upper Econ
> Mosiac, this land has been removed from  the state list for acquisition
> as a state forest to provide public recreational
> opportunities, protect wildlife and the ecologically
> sensitive lands of the Econlockhatchee River Swamp, Moss Park,
> and Split Oak Mitigation Bank of Orange and Seminole Counties.
> Residential and commercial growth threatens the large
> expanse of habitat and recreational opportunities of the
> upper Kissimmee Basin.
>
> WHAT YOU CAN DO:
> The Sierra Club opposes transmittal of the proposed
> development in the Urban Expansion Area. We urge
> residents contact Osceola County Commissioners to request
> a plan that provides specific recommendations to preserve
> contiguous wildlife corridors of the Econlockhatchee
> River and Swamp to the east, and greater buffering and
> protection of the Split Oak Mitigation Bank.

> PUBLIC HEARINGS & PROJECT INFORMATION:
> The proposed amendments will be heard at the February
> 4th, 2010 Planning Commission hearing and the February
> 15th, Board of County Commissioners hearing for
> authorization to transmit the amendments to the Department
> of Community Affairs (DCA) for review. Once the amendments are
> reviewed by DCA, they will send Osceola County a report
> titled; Objections, Recommendations and Comments.
>
  The County will review and respond to the report. The
> amendments will then be presented to the BCC (date to be
> determined) to either adopt, adopt with changes or
> not adopt.
>
> Each plan contains Goals, Objectives, and Policies that
> are proposed for adoption into the Comprehensive Plan as
> new Elements. These documents are available online at
> http://smartgrowth.osceola.org under Conceptual Master Plans.
>
> If you are unable to attend the public hearing, please
> email the Osceola County Commissioners as listed below.
>
>  Osceola County Commissioners
> Michael E. Harford
> Commissioner District 1
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> John "Q" Quiñones
> Commissioner District 2
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>
> Brandon Arrington
> Vice Chairman, Commissioner District 3
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>
> Ken Smith
> Commissioner District 4
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> Fred Hawkins, Jr.
> Chairman, Commissioner District 5
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>
> Thank you for your support,
>
>
> Mary-Slater Linn
> Chair, Central Florida Sierra Club
> 407-481-4398
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