Pursuant to Rule Chapter 73C-49, Florida Administrative Code, at least every seven years, local governments shall determine whether the need exists to amend the comprehensive plan to reflect changes in state requirements since the last time the Comprehensive Plan was updated. The purpose of evaluating the Comprehensive Plan is to assess the City’s progress in implementing the Comprehensive Plan since the last Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR), which was adopted in December 2001 followed by EAR-based Comprehensive Plan amendments in October 2002.
In addition, the report evaluates how successful the City has been in addressing identified major land use planning issues through the implementation of its Comprehensive Plan. Based on this evaluation, the report suggests how the plan should be revised to better address community objectives, changing conditions and trends affecting the community and changes in state requirements.
The purpose of the EAR is to:
Identify major issues which are specific concerns related to the current and future growth and development of the City.
Review past actions of the City in implementing the plan since the last EAR.
Assess the degree to which plan objectives have been achieved.
Assess both the success and shortcomings of the plan.
Identify ways the plans should be changed by responding to changing conditions and trends, the need for new data and changes in state requirements and regional plans.