From Maggy Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards regarding wetlands, land planning, water studies. She is a resident of Rocky Point:
Tuesday at 11am the County Commission will take action on very important changes to the Comp Plan. In August 2013, then then-new Commission adopted Comp Plan amendments that put back and strengthened protection for residents and for the environment.
In a 2009 re-write of the Plan, key policies had been deleted by the pro-development commission. Chapter 2, which contained the overall goals for the County, was gutted and turned into a chapter of definitions.
The 2013 amendments put our goals back into to Chapter 2 along with other good changes.
Those important goals, with specific policies to make sure they are enforced, include putting back into the Plan:
– Protection of the quality of life for the people who live here. That includes our density cap, height limit and protection of existing residential neighborhoods.
– Protection of natural resources. That includes protection of wetlands, native upland habitat and shorelines so we won’t see another disaster like Langford’s Landing.
– A commitment to restore a safe, healthy and ecologically balanced St. Lucie Estuary with policies to make sure we do our part locally.
– Helping business while protecting natural resources.
– Policies to ensure fiscal responsibility so existing taxpayers don’t have to pay higher taxes to pay for growth.
YOU ALL NEED TO BE THERE TUESDAY!
TELL THE COMMISSION TO APPROVE THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION.
IF YOU CAN’T COME AT THE TIME OF THE 11AM PRE-SET, COME AT THE 9:00 AM “PUBLIC” OPEN MICROPHONE AND SIGN UP TO SPEAK.
JUST ONE SENTENCE WILL DO. TELL COMMISSIONERS YOU WANT THEM TO TAKE ACTION TO MAKE A BETTER, STRONGER COMP PLAN.
IF YOU CAN’T BE THERE, SEND AN EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
These plan amendments will do more than any single thing we can do locally to make sure actions by the Martin County Commission take care of and restore the river, instead of making things worse.