Hernando County

P&Z Agenda Item

Hernando County 2040 Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing


Department:Planning and ZoningSponsors:
Category:Comp Plan Amendments


The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is ready for a public hearing by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  The preparation of the Plan began in 2011 and 2012 when the Planning Department conducted an evaluation and outreach of the current adopted Hernando County Comprehensive Plan. An initial draft document based upon the earlier evaluation and outreach was presented at a “plan kickoff” meeting at the Chamber of Commerce in July of 2016. Presentations to community groups and workshops with the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of County Commissioners has occurred since the initial “plan kickoff.” The 2040 Plan has been updated for the public hearing based upon the input received.


Attached are the elements comprising the proposed 2040 Plan, summaries from the most recent Plan workshops, and public correspondence since the initial “plan kickoff.”

Meeting History

Nov 13, 2017 9:00 AM Video Planning and Zoning Regular Meeting

Mr. Pianta displayed via overhead projection and reviewed a slide presentation relative to the proposed Hernando County 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The draft plan was presented to the P&Z on October 9, 2017 as a workshop item. Changes were made to the following elements based on discussions from the October 3, 2017, Board of County Commissioners workshop and the October 9, 2017 P&Z workshop: Future Land Use Element, Transportation Element, Utilities Element, Coastal Management Element, and the Coastal High Hazard Map within the Future Land Use Map Series.

It is recommended that the Planning and Zoning Commission review the proposed 2040 Comprehensive Plan, conduct a public hearing, and make a recommendation to the Local Planning Agency and Board of County Commissioners to transmit the application to the designated review agencies.

A brief recess was taken between 10:30 AM and 10:33 AM, during the slide presentation review due to broadcasting technical issues.

The following people spoke under oath regarding the proposed plan: DeeVon Quirolo (submitted a signed petition), Shirley Miketinac (submitted a proposed legislative bill), Joan Lynch, Carolyn Zivkovic, Barbara Bartlett, Pat Miketinac, Karlene Nordgren, Jessica Haher, Victor Schledt, Rosemarie Grubba, Mary Ellen Urban, Sue Foster, and Bert Melaugh. The speakers expressed opposition to any new mining permits and asked that provisions for existing mining be strengthened, requested the inclusion of a private property rights element, expressed concern with the elimination of the ecological linkage/wildlife corridor and the Environmentally Sensitive Lands program, and questioned if the future land use map would be updated. Some speakers referred to a specific pending comprehensive plan amendment application for mining.

Responding to the public comments and questions, Mr. Pianta referred to the PZ 10.09.17 Workshop Summary included in this agenda packet, explaining that it answers many of the questions posed at this hearing. He addressed the Wildlife Linkages map removal at the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the strategies relative to mining being significantly improved from the policies in the current plan, and cautioned that some comments from the public overlapped a pending comprehensive plan amendment application for CEMEX. Regarding private property rights, he stated the guiding document was the Growth Management Act, Chapter 163 Florida Statutes, and opined that it was premature to include a specific property rights element. Lastly, the Future Land Use Map was not changing, only the text of the document. Any legislative changes would require applicable changes to the comprehensive plan.

Responding to questions posed by the Commission, Mr. Pianta guided the Commission to the proposed elements in the agenda packet. He reviewed various strategies regarding mining in the future land use element. Assistant County Attorney Joseph DiNovo explained the strategies in the plan are guiding criteria which must be met during the decision making process of land development applications. Discussion ensued.

The Commission recognized the hard work of the Planning Department Staff, especially the work of Patricia McNeese. Comm. Hickey suggested a letter of commendation be sent to Ms. McNeese.

Motion: A motion was made to recommend the Local Planning Agency / Board of County Commissioners transmit the comprehensive plan amendment to the designated State and reviewing agencies for comment.

MOVER:Ronald Cohen, Regular Member
SECONDER:John Scharch, Regular Member
AYES:Lynn Gruber-White, Alia Qureshi, Thomas Comunale, John Scharch, Ronald Cohen