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Monday, 30 January 2012 19:57

Brevard Commissioners to consider wetlands

Written by  Turtle Coast Sierra Club

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Posted Jan. 30, 2012

BREVARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO CONSIDER WETLANDS POLICIES

CITIZEN INPUT NEEDED

MEETING DATE + TIME
5pm Thurs. Feb. 2, 2012
Brevard County Commission Chambers, Bldg C, Government Center, Viera

The Brevard County Commission will consider drastic changes to Comprehensive Plan Wetlands Policies at their February 2nd evening meeting along with some needed improvements. They will select the amendments to send on to the next step, which is the transmittal hearing. On Thursday, the drastic proposals need to be separated out from the needed changes that add clarity and flexibility.  Here we don’t have an all-bad or all-good group of amendments. Some amendments are acceptable compromises, while others basically throw out any kind of protection for wetlands within commercial and industrial land uses.

PLEASE ATTEND the Commission meeting if at all possible. The meeting starts at 5:00 pm, but the wetlands agenda item will probably not be heard until at least 5:30pm. If you can’t make it that early, don’t worry. The meeting will probably be going on for quite a while.
 
At the present time, the Brevard County Comprehensive Plan contains strong wetlands protections. It allows only limited commercial and industrial development in wetlands. But it’s true that the Comp Plan could be improved by some changes to add clarity and flexibility.

UNFORTUNATELY, the Commission is going to consider some proposed amendments that go way too far. Also the meaning of some amendments is not clear, so it is extremely difficult to predict the effects. For example, one amendment will eliminate wetlands protection for commercial and industrial development along road corridors to be identified using a corridor definition that will be developed in the future. Another amendment would allow wetland destruction by commercial or industrial projects on land currently used for bona fide agriculture.
 
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, please call or email the Commissioners with your opinion on the need to protect wetlands.

CONTACT
Commissioner Robin Fisher, (321) 264-6750, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Commissioner Chuck Nelson, (321) 454-6601, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Commissioner Trudie Infantini, (321) 952-6300, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Commissioner Mary Bolin, (321) 633-2044, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Commissioner Andy Anderson, (321) 253-6611, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
TALKING POINTS
Here are some of the kinds of things you might want to discuss in public comment at the Commission meeting or in an email to the Commissioners:
1.  Keep strong wetlands protections in the Comprehensive Plan.  Tell why you think wetlands need to be protected.
2.  Do not send to the transmittal hearing any amendment that has not been properly analyzed.   We need to understand the effects each amendment would have on wetlands.
3.  Do not send to the transmittal hearing any amendment that is not understandable and predictable.  For example, the proposed commercial/industrial corridors where wetlands impacts will be allowed are not defined, so people can’t accurately predict where these corridors would be.
4.  Allowing wetlands impacts for commercial or industrial uses on land currently used for bona fide agricultural is a very bad idea that could exacerbate flooding, adversely affect the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Johns River, and encourage sprawl.

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(Thanks to Turtle Coast Sierra Club)

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