October 3rd edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

Commission Chair Hutchinson’s Budget Guest Column in the Gainesville Sun
Waldo Fire Station Groundbreaking
Josiah T, Walls Building Dedication
FGP Volunteers Needed
County Receives ICMA Center for Performance Analytics Certificate of Excellence for Second Year in a Row
Property Appraiser’s Office Received Second Re-Certification of Excellence in Assessment Administration from the IAAO
New Hours of Operations at Alachua County Animal Services
10-04-16 Special Meetings
Flu Vaccine Available at the Alachua County Health Department
Get Ready Now For the November 8 General Election
October Extension Programs
Commission Highlights

Commission Chair Hutchinson’s Budget Guest Column in the Gainesville Sun

The single most important task undertaken by the Alachua County Commission is to set an annual budget that reflects the priorities and values of our community. It is my honor to report on some of the highlights of Alachua County’s fiscal year 2017 budget that begins on Oct. 1.

In 2017, we will undertake the long overdue repaving of Tower Road, Northwest 43rd Street and County Road 236 in the High Springs area. These projects demonstrate the County Commission’s willingness to augment our gas tax revenue with property tax dollars.

Read the full Guest Column in the Gainesville Sun.

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Waldo Fire Station Groundbreaking

On Friday, October 7, 2016, at 10 a.m., the Alachua County Commission is holding a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the site work and construction of the new Alachua County Fire Station #23 in Waldo. The address of event and location of the new station is 14377 N.E. US Highway 301, Waldo. The public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Alachua County Manager Dr. Lee Niblock is the Master of Ceremonies. The event includes comments from the Alachua County Commission Chair Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Waldo City Manager Ms. Kim Worley, Alachua County’s Facilities Director Charlie Jackson, and Alachua County Fire Chief William Northcutt.

“With this new station the County Commission is again demonstrating that public safety is at the forefront of their budget priorities,” said County Manager Lee A. Niblock, “Nothing is more important than welfare and safety of our citizens.”

The new fire station should be completed by June 2017, at a cost of $2,122,904. The single story concrete masonry facility will feature energy efficient equipment and sustainable design building features, with 100% back-up generated power. It is 5,684 square feet. The building will be certified as Green and Sustainable pursuant to the guidelines established by the Green Building Initiative (Green Globes). Brame Heck Architects provided architectural and engineering services for the project, and the D.E. Scorpio Corporation is the construction management firm “At Risk.”

This new fire station provides adequate space for the existing Fire Rescue crew that is currently operating from an old structure in the City of Waldo. Building this facility provides critical space for staff and equipment. It will allow for enhanced fire rescue services to citizens in the Waldo area of the County.

For information, contact Alachua County Facilities Capital Project Coordinator Bryan Schneider at 352-374-3190, or Alachua County Facilities Director Charlie Jackson at 352-374-5229.

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Josiah T, Walls Building Dedication

Please join us and invite your friends to this very special building dedication. We will honor Josiah T. Walls, a man born into slavery who went on to become the only person in the history of Alachua County to serve as the Mayor of Gainesville, a County Commissioner, a School Board Member, a State Senator and a US Congressman.

Light refreshments will be served.

View the building dedication invitation.

Visit the Facebook event for the building dedication.

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FGP Volunteers Needed

The Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is currently seeking volunteers. Volunteers work one-on-one with children, especially in Head Start classes, elementary schools, and after school programs.

Alachua County residents age 55 and over who live on a limited income are encouraged to apply. In return for their service, volunteers receive an hourly stipend, a daily meal, mileage reimbursement, and supplemental insurance.

Learn more about the program at the FGP website.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program at 352-264-6731.

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County Receives ICMA Center for Performance Analytics Certificate of Excellence for Second Year in a Row

The Alachua County Office of Management and Budget is pleased to announce that the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Center for Performance Analytics has recognized Alachua County with a “Certificate of Excellence” for the County’s performance management efforts for a second consecutive year. The certificate was presented at the Alachua County Commission’s September 27, 2016, Regular Meeting. 

According to ICMA, the certificate program recognizes communities for their leadership in continuous improvement, transparency, and community engagement through performance analysis.

ICMA Executive Director Robert J. O’Neill, Jr stated, “Performance analysis is an integral component of professional local government management, and jurisdictions meeting the certificate qualifications serve as examples for other governments to follow.”

Certificates are awarded based upon established criteria in the following areas:

Alachua County is among 34 jurisdictions nationwide to receive the Certificate of Excellence – the highest level awarded by ICMA.

Alachua County Manager Lee A. Niblock said, “I am a strong supporter of performance analytics, performance management, and benchmarking, and Alachua County does an excellent job collecting, utilizing, and reporting performance data through our annual budget process.” He continued, “Additionally, our Business Planning process reflects our strong foundation in performance management and will enable us to continue in a positive direction while providing quality services, transparency, and accountability to all of Alachua County’s citizens.”

For more information, contact Alachua County Strategic Performance Manager Donna Bradbrook at 352-264-7066 or dbradbrook@AlachuaCounty.us.

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Property Appraiser’s Office Received Second Re-Certification of Excellence in Assessment Administration from the IAAO

The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) is pleased to announce that the Alachua County Property Appraiser’s Office has recertified their Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration for a second time. Alachua County first earned the certificate in 2004 and then recertified for a first time in 2010. This required re-certification is a demonstration of their continued commitment to best practices. Alachua County is the first jurisdiction to recertify for a second time.

IAAO’s Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration recognizes governmental units and individuals involved with assessment that integrate best practices in the workplace. This challenging and rigorous program is a self-conducted evaluation of adherence to specific, accepted assessment administration and appraisal standards as defined in the IAAO publication Assessment Practices: Self-Evaluation Guide.

This second re-certification was presented during a ceremony at the IAAO 82nd Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on August 31, 2016. IAAO’s Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration is an important recognition of industry professionals who strive to meet the highest standards in their line of work. It was a great honor for IAAO to present Alachua County Property Appraiser’s Office with this second re-certification during the annual conference.

IAAO is the leading nonprofit, educational and research association for individuals in the assessment profession and others with an interest in property valuation and taxation. IAAO’s mission is to promote innovation and excellence in property appraisal, assessment administration and property tax policy through professional development, education, research, and technical assistance. IAAO currently serves over 7,000 members worldwide.

For information on IAAO, the conference, or the certificate, visit www.iaao.org or call 816-701-8100.

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New Hours of Operations at Alachua County Animal Services

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, the Alachua County Animal Services hours of operation changed. The Animal Services Headquarters is now open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Visit the Animal Services website for information about pet adoptions or volunteer opportunities.

For more information, contact Alachua County Animal Services at 352-264-6870.

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10-04-16 Special Meetings

The Alachua County Commission will conduct two Special Meetings on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. The meetings begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., in the Grace Knight Conference Room, located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The 10 a.m. meeting agenda includes:

1. Proposed Alachua County Stormwater Utility Assessment

View agenda and backup.

The 1:30 p.m. meeting agenda includes:

1. Animal acts proposed at the 2016 Alachua County Fair

2. Business Tax discussion

3. Gas Tax distribution negotiations

View agenda and backup.

The public is invited to attend the meetings. They will be available to view live on Cox Channel 12 and the County’s Video on Demand website.

Free parking is available for citizens attending the meetings. Please park in the S.W. Parking Garage (105 S.W. 3rd Street, Gainesville) and bring parking stubs to the Alachua County Manager’s Office, located on the 2nd floor of the County Administration Building, for a validation ticket.

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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Flu Vaccine Available at the Alachua County Health Department

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (DOH-Alachua) is offering the influenza (flu) vaccine beginning today, Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The flu vaccine program runs until supplies are exhausted.

Flu shots are being offered at the Health Department’s main clinic (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville, phone number 352-334-7950), the City of Alachua satellite clinic (in the Hitchcock’s shopping plaza, 15530 N.W. US Hwy 441, Alachua, phone number 386-462-2542), and the S.W. Clinic (816 S.W. 64th Terrace, Gainesville, phone number 352-225-4320).  Walk-ins are accepted at the Gainesville site, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are required at the Alachua and S.W. Clinics.

This year’s flu vaccine is effective against the major circulating strains of flu. The cost for the vaccine is $25.00. If citizens have Medicare part B, there is no charge if they bring their Medicare B card and any supplemental insurance cards with them. Citizens who normally receive their vaccines from providers other than the Health Department should contact them for vaccine availability. Those between the ages of 6 months and 18 years old who are uninsured, have Medicaid, or an insurance that does not cover the immunization may receive the vaccine at the Alachua County Health Department at no cost to them.

Flu shot clinics will be held in the schools this fall, and a completed consent form is required for participation. Parents of public and private school students are encouraged to review and complete flu vaccine consent forms provided by their child’s school, or they can print out the online consent form and send it to school with their child. There is no cost to participate in the school program.

“Receiving an influenza vaccine is a primary preventive measure against influenza infection,” stated DOH-Alachua Administrator Paul Myers. “In addition to getting a flu shot, staying home when ill, practicing proper cough etiquette and washing your hands are effective personal means to protect yourself and the community from a variety of illnesses.”

For more information, including forms to expedite your visit, visit the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County’s website.

For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Senior RN Supervisor Michael Smith at 352-334-8827.

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Get Ready Now For the November 8 General Election

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter would like to encourage all voters in Alachua County to get ready now for the November 8, 2016 General Election.

How to Get Ready

If you are not registered to vote, get registered to vote by the October 11th deadline. You may go online at VoteAlachua.com, download the application, and return the completed signed form to our office. You may also register to vote in person at the Supervisor of Elections Office, by mail, or at any of our outreach events. For a list of other locations in the county where voter registration application forms may be obtained or to view our outreach calendar, 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 11th deadline.

Voters should verify their voter registration status online at VoteAlachua.com by clicking on the link, “My Registration Status.” Don’t delay; make sure your voter information is current. Florida Law requires that you vote the ballot assigned to your legal residence address. If you have moved and have not notified the Supervisor of Elections Office of your new address, please go online at VoteAlachua.com to make a change of address or contact our office at 352-374-5252. A new voter information card will be mailed based on the updated information.

Any voter may vote by mail. Don’t wait, request your ballot now online at VoteAlachua.com or call our office at 352-374-5252. Please be sure your signature on file is current. If you vote by mail, your signature will be compared to your signature on file. Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on record. You may update your signature by filling out a voter registration application form in person or by going online to VoteAlachua.com. You will need to print the application, sign it, and drop it off or mail it to the Supervisor of Elections Office. All signature updates for use in verifying vote by mail ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office no later than the start of canvassing of the mail ballot. You can also track your mail ballot status online. If mailing your ballot, be aware it could take 5 days for our office to receive your ballot under the new postal delivery standards. All ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, 2016.

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections
515 N. Main Street, Suite 300
Gainesville, FL  32601-3348
352-374-5252
VoteAlachua.com

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October Extension Programs

Environmental Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville), unless otherwise noted.

Growing Cool Season Vegetables – October 6, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cabbage, kale, broccoli and different greens and how to grow them are covered in this class about fall and winter gardening.

Registration is $5.00 for the class. Register online (with an additional fee), or call 352-337-6209.

Fall and Winter Gardening – October 16, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Archer Branch Library (13266 FL-45, Archer). This class is taught by Master Gardener Ronald Bertie.

This class is a basic course on how to prepare plants in the fall, protect them from the cold (to survive the cold temperatures), and continue to grow as warmer weather arrives.

Landscaping for Newcomers – October 24, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and repeated on October 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This class is geared toward new homeowners or newcomers to Alachua County. It focuses on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, as well as Alachua County ordinances and soil and weather conditions specific to Alachua County and Florida. Participants receive a newcomer’s packet with information and water-saving devices.

There is no cost to attend these classes, unless indicated, but space is limited. Register at least three days before the class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Family and Consumer Sciences Program

This program is being offered by Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Brenda C. Williams at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – October 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This program is dedicated to providing training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumer’s food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment.

Participants can register by calling 1-888-232-8723, or online (There is an additional fee for online registration).

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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Commission Highlights

QTI Program
The Board approved the Resolution supporting Brammer Bio, LLC. for the participation in the QTI program and authorize the Chair’s signature
Amount: $25,000.00
Attachment: 
Brammer Bio Attachment to GPO.pdf
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Brammer Bio QTI Resolution.pdf
Attachment: 
Brammer Bio LLC Evaluation Matrix.pdf
Attachment: 
Brammer Bio LLC Confidentiality Letter.pdf

Tourism Product Development Grant Program
The Board approved the funding recommendation by the Tourist Development Council and the County Manager to provide Tourist Development Tax funds to applicants through the Tourism Product Development Grant Program.
Amount: $716,656.00
Attachment: 
ActiveStreetsAlliance.pdf
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BullaCubana.pdf
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CarsonSpringsWildlifeConservationFoundation.pdf
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CityofGainesvilleHoggetownMedievalFaireFY17.pdf
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DANB.pdf
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DanscompanyofGainesville.pdf
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AlachuaConservationTrust.pdf
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ArtsAssociationofAlachuaCounty.PDF
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CinemaVerde.pdf
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FivePointsofLifeRace.pdf
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GainesvilleCivicChorus.pdf
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GainesvilleFriendsofJazzseriesandfestival.pdf
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GFAAFineArtsFairatTioga.pdf
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LatinaWomensLeague.pdf
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StarCenterChildrensTheatre.pdf
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scoresbrucecribbs.pdf
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scoreslucieregensdorf.pdf
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Copy of FundingRequestsFY17.922.pdf
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FriendsofMarjorieRawlingsFarm.pdf
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FriendsofPaynesPrairie.pdf
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GainesvilleLittleTheatre.d.b.a.GainesvilleCommunityPlayhouse.pdf
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GFAAGallery.pdf
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KanapahaBotanicalGardens.pdf
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MathesonHistoryMuseum.pdf
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SFCSpringArtsFestival.pdf
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TheGainesvilleOrchestra.pdf
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scoresbillrichards.pdf
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scoresjohnglanzer.pdf
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scoreslaurenpoe.pdf
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FY17.Application.pdf
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Hippodrome.pdf
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NorthCentralFloridaBluesSociety.pdf
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UFFloridaMuseumofNaturalHistory.pdf
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scoreskencornell.pdf

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
The Board heard the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee’s annual report presentation.
Attachment: 
08_40.pdf
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08_67.pdf
Attachment: 
2016 2017 AHAC Annual Report .pdf

Rural Concerns Advisory Committee
The Board heard the Rural Concerns Advisory Committee’s Annual Report
Attachment: 
RuralConcernsWorkPlan_2016.pdf
Attachment: 
RuralConcernsPresentation_2016.pdf
Attachment: 
RuralConcernsPresentation_2016.pptx

Community Gardens Presentation
The Board heard a Community Gardens Presentation by Daniel Blumberg.
Attachment:
DeterminationofAttitudesofCommunityLeadersinAlachuaBOCCPresentation.pdf

Teen Court Program
The Board heard a presentation on the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Teen Court Program.

Economic Development Advisory Committee
The Board amended The Economic Development Advisory Committee’s non-voting membership composition
Attachment: 
EDAC Resolution Sept 2016.pdf

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Board discussed the Ex Officio appointment of the County Manager by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and decided to keep the appointment intact.
Attachment: 
Chamber By Laws 2013.pdf

Alachua County Fairgrounds Rental Application Process
The Board adopted the revised Alachua County Fairgrounds Rental Application Process as presented.
Attachment: 
Fairgrounds Packet.pdf

CAPP Grant Review Committee
The Board approved the CAPP Grant Review Committee FY 2017 Funding Recommendations
Attachment: 
CAPP funding Recommend 1 825 16.pdf
Attachment: 
CAPP Agency Executive Summaries 8 25 16.pdf

FY17 Final Budgets
The Board conducted the public hearing and adopted the final FY17 millage rates for the General County, MSTU-Unincorporated Services, MSTU-Law Enforcement Funds, MSTU-Fire Protection Services, and Final Budgets.
Attachment: 
Resol 16 123 for Final General County Budget.pdf
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8 FY17 Notice of Tax Increase.pdf
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Resol 16 124 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Millage.pdf
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FY17 Expenditure Phase Report.pdf
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Resol 16 125 for Final MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf
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Resol 16 127 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
1 Agenda Final Public Hearing Sept 27 2016.pdf
Attachment: 
Resol 16 126 for Final MSTU Law Enforc Millage.pdf
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Reso 16 122 for Final General County Millage.pdf
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Resol 16 129 for Final MSTU Fire Services Budget.pdf
Attachment: 
FY17 Revenue Phase Report.pdf
Attachment: 
Resol 16 128 for Final MSTU Fire Service Millage.pdf
Attachment: 
Legal Ad Budget Summary FY17 to Sun GROUP.pdf

Rural Congregate Living Facility Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment
Concerning the continuation of the Transmittal Hearing for CPA-02-16, Rural Congregate Living Facility Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment, the Board decided to have staff return with additional performance criteria that includes, transfer of development rights, number of units, existing facilities, proposed facilities, avoids conflicts between urban and rural.
Attachment: 
CPA0216_PowerPoint_9_27_16.pdf
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CPA0216_PowerPoint_9_27_16.pptx
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Map_Multifamily_Zoning_Districts.pdf
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FireStationDistances.pdf
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Proposed_Comp_Plan_Policies_RCLF.pdf
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CPA0216_Staff_Report_5_24_16.pdf
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Proposed_ULDC_Regs_RCLF.pdf
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ISKCON Comp Plan Amendment_Part1.pdf
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ISKCON Comp Plan Amendment_Part2.pdf
Attachment: 
Addendum_CPA_02_16_9_27_16.pdf

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