Attend, phone, email, comment now to support Comp Plan revisions on July 9, 2PM

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on CPA 13-5, amendments to Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. This amendment is one of five proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan that will be the subject of public hearings on July 9. Agenda Item 6I, concerning CPA 13-5, Chapters 1, 2 and 4 is preset for 2:00 PM.

Former commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, who helped create Martin’s Comprehensive Growth Management Plan and is a court-recognized expert on it,  has led public workshops and worked on the changes with the county’s growth management staff since shortly after the new commission was elected in August. The process was open and inclusive. Since last September, seven public meetings on the growth plan changes have been held, with most during the winter season, when all residents are in town. Ms. Hurchalla has read hundreds of e-mails, met with residents and developers individually, written issue papers explaining what the amendments do, and posted everything on a public website,

Maggy Hurchalla, nationally renowned five-term Martin County Commissioner

If you can’t attend the meeting, Ms. Hurchalla urges residents to contact Martin County Commissioners by phone or email as soon as possible: “Show your support to ensure Martin County’s future. Emails to commissioners are good. Phone calls are better.”

Ms. Hurchalla reminds residents that what’s most important is to have people attend the meeting. They don’t need to make speeches. She asks for residents to inspire as many friends, relations and neighbors to support these critical revisions to ensure Martin County’s future.

Local attorney and civic activist Virginia Sherlock also details these important revisions:

The Comp Plan revisions website has been updated to reflect the latest proposals for Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Comprehensive Plan proposed by Martin County staff as well as letters of opposition from Big Sugar, the Martin County Economic Council, Lake Point (owned by entities including those controlled by George Lindemann, Jr., who was sent to prison for having his show horse electrocuted to collect insurance money), King Ranch (AgTEC) and the Becker companies (proponents of Hobe Grove DRI ). 

Read what the opponents are saying . . .

They do not want our Comp Plan restored to provide protection of wetlands and other water resources.
They do not want to re-establish a meaningful shoreline protection zone.
They do not want to restrict urban development to property within our urban services districts.
They do not want to protect existing residential neighborhoods.
They do not want development to pay for itself; they want existing taxpayers to pay for new roads, new schools, new services that new development requires.
Most of all, they do not want a supermajority vote to change key components of our Comprehensive Plan — the four-story height limit, Urban Services Boundaries, river protections, wetlands regulation, and other elements of our Plan that make Martin County special and different from the rest of South Florida. These development interests worked hard to try to dismantle our Comp Plan with a complete re-write in 2009.  They are now complaining that citizens want to restore protections and safeguards that were in place for 20 years before the Future Group’s scorched earth attack on our Plan.

Read about the proposed restoration of our Comp Plan and see what the opponents say at

Do not let Big Sugar, the Economic Council, Lake Point, King Ranch and Becker be the only voices our commissioners hear when they consider the Comp Plan Amendment to restore our Plan at the July 9 Board of County Commissioners meeting. Call, write or e-mail your commissioners and speak up to tell them that citizens support Comp Plan Amendment  13-5. 

Ask commissioners to vote for the revisions to Chapters 1, 2 and 4 on July 9, 2013 (or any continuation of the adoption hearing in August).

Email commissioners and staff at:;;;;;


Write to Martin County Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34997

or call:

Sarah Heard, Chair: 221-2358 

Ed Fielding, Vice Chair: 288-5421

Anne Scott, Commissioner: 221-2357  

John Haddox, Commissioner: 221-1357



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