ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (EAC)
ANNUAL REPORT TO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
1 MAY, 2000
In January, 1999, the Collier County Commission consolidated the functions of the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) and the Environmental Policy and Technical Advisory Board (EPTAB) into one advisory body, the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). The Commission subsequently appointed the required nine members to the EAC. The Council, as now constituted, began deliberations in April, 1999. The current membership is documented in Exhibit A. This report is submitted to the County Commission in compliance with provisions of the enabling legislation, see Exhibit B. Included are activities of the Council in 1999 as well as environmental concerns of the Council, and considerations for activities during the current year.
The EAC acts in an advisory capacity to the County Commission in:
- matters dealing with the regulation, control, management, use or exploitation of any or all natural resources within the County;
- the review and evaluation of specific zoning and development petitions and their impact on those resources.
As evident in Exhibit B, the scope of the Council’s charge is broad, and judged to be both pro-active as well as reactive. With this understanding, the enclosed report is structured.
III. COUNCIL ACTIVITIES, 1999
A. Land Use Petitions
The following petitions were presented to the EAC from May 1999 through the April 2000 meeting.
Type of Petition
The 4 applications that were denied by the EAC were:
- CU-99-17 "Section 25 Conditional Use" for a 36 hole Golf Course
- CU-99-8 "Sabal Palm Golf Course"
- CU-99-27 "Little Palm Island"
- ST-99-3 "Little Palm Island"
B. Growth Management Plan
The EAC provided the County Commission with several recommendations for the County’s Growth Management Plan:
- On August 24, 1999, the EAC Growth Management Subcommittee conducted a workshop to receive public input on the boundaries of Natural Resource Protection Areas (NRPAs) required by the Final Order from the Governor and Cabinet.
- On September 1, 1999, the full EAC received public input and provided the County Commission with recommended boundaries for NRPAs.
- On November 3, 1999, the EAC reviewed staff’s proposal for the Remedial Amendments and recommended their adoption to the County Commission.
The EAC’s Growth Management Subcommittee has been reviewing work products generated by staff and other advisory committees to complete the Agricultural and Rural Assessment required by the Final Order.
C. Several Mini-Workshops on Environmentally related issues
IV. COUNCIL CONCERNS, 1999
In carrying out the charges of the Council, several major concerns surfaced, particularly during the review phase of development plans brought before the Council.
- NRPA Boundaries
- Wetland Impacts
- Wetland Mitigation Procedures
- Listed Species Protection
- Traffic Generation problems
- Time Interval Allowed Council in Review Process
- Methodology for generating and utilizing public participation
V. FUTURE PLANS AND MISSIONS
Based partly on the many concerns surfacing in 1999, the Council plans a menu of items to be addressed in the near future, through briefings, workshops, etc.
- Through the mechanism of the Growth management Sub-committee, a role in the "Assessment process" might be identified and pursued. Although neither the EAC nor the sub-committee has a formal role, it has been suggested that we devise a contribution to the process through several forms of public involvement, possibly even public education. This would be in line with mandated Powers/Duties #8.
- Address extensively, the wetland impact and mitigation process, through GMP amendments or separate ordinance.
- Address the possibility of putting more teeth in the Habitat and Species Protection portions of the various codes.
- Request analysis of existing sewage systems, particularly lift and pump stations, regarding interrupted operation and associated problems.
- Investigate the nature and extent of "Individual Property Rights" with respect to land use and development. A ticklish problem, but one that must be pursued and one that the EAC needs to understand.
- Visit the Review Process with a view to increasing EAC efficiency.
- Visit the question of potable water supply relative to such items as availability, aquifer conditions, well field "security".
- Request information regarding condition and effectiveness of "canal" system.
- Become involved to some degree in the Public Land Acquisiton(s) program.
- Be briefed early on regarding such private/public agreements that have bearing on development activities; e.g. Deltona.
- Establish a closer relationship with the South Florida Water Management District.
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