September 14th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Investor Business Pitch ShootOut
Community Conversation 2012 Report
2 Special Meetings on 9-18-12
Planning Commission and Development Review Meetings
What’s On “Alachua County Talks”
Upcoming CERT Classes
County Receives Wagmore Grant
Composting 101 Workshop
September Extension Programs
Elections Information
Commission Highlights

Investor Business Pitch ShootOut

On October 15, 2012, the Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN) will host the “Investor Business Pitch ShootOut” at the Harn Museum of Art (SW 34th Street and Hull Road, Gainesville), from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event exposes early-stage entrepreneurs to investors and community leaders.

The ShootOut event begins with a field of 16 presenters, which is narrowed to a field of four, and the finalists will present to the audience and panel of judges. Cash prizes, free services, and the title of “Top Gun Company for 2012” will be awarded.

The event will also have 3 educational panels including: Your Horse is Saddled But Where Are You Headed?, How to Get Money Without Robbing a Bank or Rustling Cattle, and Protect Your Grubstake in the New Patent Landscape.

Businesses wishing to participate in the event must apply by October 1, 2012. There is a $25.00 application fee. People wanting to attend the event can purchase tickets for $55.00 ($45.00 for GAIN members, $25.00 for students). The ticket includes dinner, which follows the ShootOut event.

Alachua County Economic Development Coordinator, Edgar Campa-Palafox said, “The ShootOut is a must attend event for startup companies, entrepreneurs and investors in the North Central Florida region.”

Click to apply to participate, or purchase event tickets.

Click to view the event flyer.

Click for more information about GAIN.

For more information, contact Edgar Campa-Palafox at 352-264-6908 or epalafox@alachuacounty.us.

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Community Conversation 2012 Report

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners invited citizens to participate in “Community Conversations 2012.” These public events happened throughout the County during the month of August.

The events featured a brief presentation of the County’s budget and issues facing the County. During each session, participants used electronic survey tools to gather opinions on a number of local issues. Participants were also given opportunities to suggest solutions to these issues. Community Conversations 2012 also featured an interactive budget exercise, in which participants act as County Commissioners and collaborate with others to establish budget priorities.

“Public/Private partnerships have become increasingly important in these lean economic times.” County Manager Rick Drummond commented, “With Community Conversations 2012, citizens will partner with us by lending their thoughts and ideas to the FY2013 budget discussion.”

Click to view the report for Community Conversations 2012.

For more information, contact Donna Bradbrook, Alachua County Management and Budget at 352-264-7066 or dbradbrook@alachuacounty.us.

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2 Special Meetings on 9-18-12

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday September 18, 2012.  The 10 a.m. meeting is in the Grace Knight Conference Room.  The 5 p.m. meeting is in the Boardroom.  Both rooms are on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration building located at 12 SE 1st Street, downtown Gainesville.

The 10 a.m. Special Meeting/General Discussion agenda includes:

  1. Economic Development & Advisory Committee (EDAC) Strategic Plan For Economic Development

View agenda and backup material

The 5 p.m. Special Meeting agenda includes:

  1. (Public Hearing/Quasi-Judicial) Park Avenue at Santa Fe, Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Preliminary Development Plan

View agenda and backup material

Citizens are encouraged to attend these meetings or to view them live on Cox Channel 12 or on the County’s Video on Demand website. 

Citizens are encouraged to stay engaged by clicking on and signing up for the following products: Facebook Twitter Newsletter/Press Release

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.

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Planning Commission and Development Review Meetings

The Alachua County Planning Commission and the Development Review Committee will meet next week.  Both meetings will take place in room 209 of the County Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street downtown Gainesville.
Item for the Wednesday September 19, 2012, 6 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting:

ZOM-09-12 is a public hearing for a rezoning from ‘AP’ (Administrative/Professional) district to ‘BP’ (Business/Professional) district at 4420 NW 36th Avenue on approximately 0.53 acres.  This rezoning, if approved by the Board of County Commissioners, will permit all uses called for in the Alachua County Code for the BP district.  These include personal services (such as massage therapy or beauty salon) as well as professional services (law, architectural or medical offices).    No retail uses are allowed in the BP district.  All materials related to this application are available for review at the Office of Growth Management.  Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Jerry Brewington at glb@alachuacounty.us for further information. 

Items for the Thursday September 20, 2012, 1:30 p.m. Development Review Committee Meeting:

Florida Baptist Children’s Home - A public hearing to consider the construction of two residential duplexes on approximately 8 acres - Located on Tax Parcel Number 05769-002-000 at 17218 North SR 121 - Causseaux, Hewett & Walpole, Inc. - agents. Agricultural Zoning, Rural/Agriculture (1 dwelling units per 5 acres) Future Land Use, ZOX-02-12. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Christine Berish at cberish@alachuacounty.us for further information.   

West Gainesville Church of Christ - A public hearing to consider the Change of use from single-family residence to a place of worship on 3.14 acres - Located on Tax Parcel Number 04275-002-000 at 330 NW 170th St- Causseaux, Hewett & Walpole, Inc. - agents. Agriculture Zoning, Rural/Agriculture Future Land Use. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Leslie McLendon at lmclendon@alachuacounty.us for further information. 

County Line Recycling Facility - A public hearing to consider the construction of a C and D Class III Debris Recycling Facility on approximately 2.4 acres- Located on Tax Parcel Numbers 07240-001-004 and 07240-001-017 at 5008 SW 41st Boulevard  - Eng, Denman & Associates - Agents. Manufacturing and Services Industrial Zoning; Heavy Industrial Future Land Use ZOX-01-12. Please contact the Alachua County Growth Management Department at 374-5249 or Leslie McLendon at lmclendon@alachuacounty.us for further information.

 View Development Review Committee Meeting Agenda

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What’s On “Alachua County Talks”

n the new edition of “Alachua County Talks” host Mark Sexton interviews Alachua County Public Works Department, County Engineer David Cerlanek. Cerlanek will be discussing the “Fix our Roads Alachua County” Transportation System Surtax question that will appear on the November 6, 2012 General Election Ballot.

In speaking of the program Sexton said, “Mr. Cerlanek does an excellent job of laying out the needs of our current road system, the limitations of current funding sources, and the plan for the Fix Our Roads Alachua County surtax should it be approved in November.”

Alachua County Talks air at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every night except Thursday, and at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. every day. Special or regular County Commission and Gainesville City Commission meetings may preempt any showing.

View the Alachua County Talks: Fix Our Roads Alachua County.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.

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Upcoming CERT Classes

Alachua County Emergency Management is enrolling citizens for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. The seven classes are on Tuesday evenings (from October 2, through November 13, 2012), and each session runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 SE 27th Street, Gainesville). The classes are free, and the registration deadline is September 27, 2012.

Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator, Ebbin Spellman said, “It is never too early to begin preparing for the 2012 Hurricane Season, and there’s no better way than to attend the CERT program.” He continued, “CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.”

Class topics include:

Registration is available online.

For more information, call Alachua County Emergency Management at 352-264-6500.

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County Receives Wagmore Grant

Alachua County Animal Services recently received a $15,000 grant from the Wagmore Foundation. The Wagmore grant will help the County in two ways.

The fund will assist dog owners that are not in compliance with County code to provide for animals and comply with code. This allows County Animal Services Field Officers to assist dog owners by providing basic needs (like shelters and trolley systems), and prevents wanted animals from ending up in the shelter.

The fund also pays for the Open Paw program. This program trains animals within the shelter, so that any behavior problems are solved before they go home with new families. This makes the animals more adoptable.

For more information, contact Hilary Hynes, Public Education Program Coordinator at 352-264-6881 or 352-213-1241

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Composting 101 Workshop

The Alachua County Office of Sustainability, Florida Organic Growers, and Gainesville Compost are hosting a “Composting 101” workshop on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Downtown Farmers Garden (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville). The workshop is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Composting is the process of turning organic matter like vegetable scraps and leaves into rich stable organic matter. This workshop will focus on three composting techniques: traditional composting, vermicomposting or worm composting, and bokashi composting.

For more information, visit the event webpage, or contact Travis Mitchell, Florida Organic Growers at 352-377-6345 or travis@foginfo.org.

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September Extension Programs

September Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

These programs are being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Ed.D. Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Before You Tie the Knot - September 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction of marriage license. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a copy for the Clerk of the Court.

There is no cost to attend this two evening class.

Get Financially Organized Series – Session run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Making Credit Work for You – September 18

Basic Estate Planning – September 25

Home Food Preservation Workshop – September 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and repeated again from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There is no cost for these workshops; however, printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set.

Pre-register at least 3 working days prior to the program by calling 352-337-6209.

September Environmental Horticultural Programs

These programs are being offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Tour – September 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning at the UF Straughn Development Center (2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville).

Tough Plants for Tough Places – September 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Growing Citrus – September 26, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is no charge for any of these programs. Space is limited so pre-registration is recommended by calling 352-337-6209.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.


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Elections Information

Important dates

Last Day to Register to Vote
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Early Voting
Saturday, October 27 through Saturday, November 3
8 AM to 8 PM

Last Day to Request Ballot Be Mailed to You
October 31, 2012 by 5:00 PM

General Election
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voters are encouraged to verify and update their registration information online at www.VoteAlachua.com by clicking on “My Voter Information Page”. The Supervisor of Elections Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. to accept voter registration applications. The Supervisor of Elections Office located at 111 S.E. 1st Avenue has an after-hours mail drop located at the main entrance. Voter registration applications received through the mail drop will be accepted up until midnight on the October 9.

You may use the on-line application form at www.VoteAlachua.com to register to vote, update your voter information or update your signature. Be sure to fill out the form completely and check the correct box. You will then need to print the application form, sign it, and return it to the Elections Office. You may also register to vote in person at the Supervisor of Elections Office or by mail. For a list of other facilities in the county where voter registration application forms may be obtained, please visit our website or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252. To vote in the General Election, mail-in applications must be postmarked no later than the October 9 deadline.

If you are already registered to vote in Florida, you can update your address by contacting the Supervisor of Elections by telephone or electronic means providing your date of birth or by written signed notice provided that the change is made directly to the Supervisor of Elections in the county of your new residence. Otherwise, you will be required to make your change of address on a voter registration application form.

You can change your party affiliation or change your name by notifying the Elections Office by using a signed written notice that contains your date of birth or voter registration number.  A voter registration application may also be used to change your party affiliation or change your name.

There are 3 ways to cast a ballot in the November 6, 2012 General Election. Voters may choose to vote by mail, early vote or vote at their precinct polling location on Election Day.
Vote By Mail

To request a ballot and Vote by Mail, voters may make their request online at www.VoteAlachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252. Voters will need to make sure their address and signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections are current. Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on your voter record. You may update your signature by filling out a voter registration application form in person or online at www.VoteAlachua.com. All signature updates for use in verifying absentee and provisional ballots must be received in the Elections Office prior to the start of the canvassing of absentee ballots by the Canvassing Board.

To request a ballot for another voter, you must be directly instructed by the voter and be a member of the voter’s immediate family, or the voter’s legal guardian. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse or the parent, child, grandparent or sibling of either the voter or of the voter’s spouse.

Requests can be made online, in person, by mail, by telephone or by fax. All requests must include the voter’s name, residence address, and date of birth. The request must also include the requestor’s name, residence address, relationship to the voter and driver’s license number if available. Mail or fax request must also include the requestor’s signature.

A voter may designate in writing another person to pick up an absentee ballot starting Thursday, November 1, 2012. The designee must have a note signed by the voter, a picture identification of the designee and must complete an affidavit. The affidavit is available for download at www.VoteAlachua.com. The designee may not pick up more than two absentee ballots per election, not including the designee’s own ballot and ballots for members of his or her immediate family.

Absentee ballots are available at the Supervisor of Elections Office for voters who may have emergencies that will not allow them to go to their polling place to vote on Election Day.

All absentee ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7:00 PM Election Day.  The Supervisor of Elections address is 111 S.E. 1st Avenue, Gainesville.

Vote Early

Early Voting for the General Election will be available starting Saturday, October 27 through Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Locations

Supervisor of Elections Office
County Administration Building Location
12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville

Millhopper Branch Library
3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville

Tower Road Branch Library
3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville

Florida Law requires voters to present picture and signature ID in order to vote, or vote a provisional ballot.

Vote At Your Precinct

Any voter may vote in the precinct of their residence between 7 AM and 7 PM on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6. Florida Law requires voters to present picture and signature ID in order to vote, or you may vote a provisional ballot. If you need to locate your precinct, go to www.VoteAlachua.com.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252.

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Commission Highlights

Announcements
The Board heard announcements by Mark Sexton Communications Coordinator
Attachment:
Announcements

150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act
The Board declared July 2nd, 2012 as the “150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act”
Attachment:
150th Anniversary Morrill Act 2012.pdf

Economic Development in Alachua County
The Board heard a presentation about a proposed Strategic Plan for Economic Development in Alachua County, presented by Mr. David Ferro, chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC).
Attachment:
EDAC Strategic Plan.pdf

Prime Conduit
The Board adopted the Resolution supporting the modified requirements to Prime Conduit, Inc. for participation in the QTI and authorized the Chair’s signature.
Attachment:
Prime Conduit QTI Revised Resolution.pdf

Wagmore Foundation

The Board approved the Wagmore Foundation’s gifts to Animal Services for three projects, approved the resolution for unanticipated revenues, and approved the budget amendment. The Board found that accepting this liability is in the best interests of Alachua County and the Board agrees to accept the liability under the Agreement.
Amount: $15,000.00

Attachment: Wagmore Grant Agreement 9-4-2012.pdf
Attachment:
Wagmore BA.pdf
Attachment:
Wagmore Resolution.pdf

Community Conversations
The Board heard a Summary Report on Community Conversations.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Days
The Board proclaimed September 21 - 30, 2012 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Days”
Attachment:
LGBT Pride Days 2012.pdf

FY13 Millage Rates and Adjusted Tentative Budget
The Board conducted the public hearing and approved the proposed FY13 millage rates and adjusted tentative budgets for the General County, MSTU - Unincorporated Services, MSTU - Law Enforcement Funds, MSTU - Fire Protection Services and Alachua County Forever Debt Service Funds. The Board adopted the FY13 Financial policies, adopted the FY13 Schedule of Fees and Charges for Services, and approved the FY13-17 Comprehensive Capital Improvement Program.
Attachment:
3a 12 80 Reso Fee Schedule 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
5b 12 82 General County Budget Reso 13 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
7a 12 85 MSTU Law Enf Millage Reso 13 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
8b 12 88 MSTU Fire Budget Reso 13 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
4 FY13 to FY17 5 Year CCIP.pdf
Attachment:
7b 12 86 MSTU Law Enf Budget Reso 13 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
FY13 Budget Development Changes to Tentative Budget.pdf
Attachment:
3b FY13 Fee Schedule.pdf
Attachment:
6a 12 83 MSTU Uninc Millage Reso 13 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
6b 12 84 MSTU Uninc Budget Reso 13 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
8a 12 87 MSTU Fire Millage Reso 13 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
2b FY13 Adopted Comprehensive Financial Policies.pdf
Attachment:
1 Agenda First Public Hearing Sept 11 2012.pdf
Attachment:
2a 12 79 Reso Financial Policies 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
5a 12 81 General County Millage Reso 13 1st PH.pdf
Attachment:
FY 13 Adjusted Tentative Budget.pdf

Solid Waste Final Rate Resolution Assessment Resolution

The Board adopted the Solid Waste Final Rate Resolution Assessment Resolution for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 and authorized the Chair to certify the non-ad valorem assessment roll to the Tax Collector.
Amount: $8,223,424.90

Attachment: Resolution_Final_FY12_13_Exhibits.pdf
Attachment:
Resolution_FINAL_FY12_13.pdf

Preservation and Enhancement Non-Ad Valorem Assessment

The Board adopted the Resolution of Intent to continue the use of the Preservation and Enhancement Non-Ad Valorem Assessment, set the rate, and authorize the provision of notice to affected property owners on the Notice of Proposed Taxes ( TRIM- Truth in Millage).
Amount: $49,980.00

Attachment: Resolution 2012 and attachments A B C D.pdf

Unified Land Development Code
The Board held the public hearing to consider the proposed changes to the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) and directed staff to schedule the second public hearing.
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter403_Zoning_Districts.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter410_Definitions.pdf
Attachment:
Cost_of_Housing_Analysis.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter402_Development_Application_Review_Procedures.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter406_Natural_and_Historic_Resources_Protections.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Update_9_11_12_Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter400_General_Provisions.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter404_Use_Regulations.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter407_General_Development_Standards.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Update_9_11_12_Presentation.pptx
Attachment:
2012_ULDC_Draft_Ordinance.pdf
Attachment:
Env_Principles_for_Golf_Courses_US.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter401_Development_Review_Bodies.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter405_Special_Districts_and_Activity_Centers.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter408_Nonconformities.pdf
Attachment:
Highlights_400_410merged_First Public Hearing.pdf
Attachment:
Changes_since_1st_Public_Hearing.pdf
Attachment:
Golf_Course_Standards_Summary.pdf
Attachment:
ULDC_Chapter409_Violations.pdf

Special Use Permit
Considering ZOS-02-12, the Board heard the item and adopted Resolution Z-12-12 approving the requested special use permit.
Attachment:
ZOS0212 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0212 Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
Citrus Repository Maps ZOS0212.pdf
Attachment:
ZOS0212.pptx
Attachment:
ZOS0212 PowerPoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
Background Materials for ZOS0212.pdf

Citrus Repository
The Board approved the Preliminary Development Plan and Issuance of a Preliminary Certificate of Level of Service Compliance for the Citrus Repository
Attachment:
CR_LocMap.pdf
Attachment:
CR_PDP.pdf
Attachment:
CR_Aerial.pdf
Attachment:
CR_PrelPPT.pdf
Attachment:
CR_OS_Plan.pdf
Attachment:
CR_Prel_SR.pdf

Minor Special Exception Request
Concerning ZOX-02-12,  the Board heard the item and adopted resolution Z-12-08 approving the minor special exception request
Attachment:
ZOX0212 Staff Report.pdf
Attachment:
ZOX0212 Resolution.pdf
Attachment:
ZOX0212 PowerPoint Presentation.pdf
Attachment:
ZOX0212.pptx
Attachment:
ZOX0212 Background Materials.pdf

Kanapaha Planned Development
The Board approved of the Final Plat of the Grand Preserve of Kanapaha Planned Development
Attachment:
GrandPreserveAtKanpaha_Plat.pdf
Attachment:
GP at Kanapaha PLAT-Sheet1.pdf
Attachment:
GP at Kanapaha PLAT-Sheet3.pdf
Attachment:
GP at Kanapaha PLAT-Sheet5.pdf
Attachment:
Plats09112012GrandPreserveAtKanapha.ppt
Attachment:
Grande Preserve at Kanapaha Final Plat_SR.pdf
Attachment:
GP at Kanapaha PLAT-Sheet2.pdf
Attachment:
GP at Kanapaha PLAT-Sheet4.pdf
Attachment:
Grande Preserve at Kanapaha Approved Final DevPlan.pdf

 

 


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Alachua County Advisory Boards

The Alachua County Commission is committed to citizen involvement on its advisory boards and is soliciting applications for the following vacancies:

Get Involved - Click here for an application: http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/bocc/advisoryboard.aspx

Applications are also available at the County Manager’s Office on the Second Floor of the County Administration Building, 12 SE 1st St., Gainesville. For more information, call (352) 264-6904.

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