March 28, 2008 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Correction of Gainesville Sun Jonesville Park / Animal Services article
County seeks public input in new Fairgrounds Development Workshop
State Fire Marshall needs information
Balance 360 Treatment Program enhances Work Release alternative to incarceration
Free seven-week Community Emergency Response Team classes offered
Photographer Mac Stone reveals Alachua County’s “Hidden Heart”
Cooperative Extension Classes
Homebuyer Education Clinic offered
What’s on Alachua County Talks?
Visitors and Convention Bureau Announces Spring Conference Grant Workshop
Cultivating Agritourism one-day workshop offered
County Update TV on Community 12
Supervisor of Elections requests voters update their voter registration
Health Department Issues Warning of Increase in Chicken Pox Cases
County Event and Meeting Reminder
Commission Meeting Highlights
Alachua County Advisory Boards


Correction of Gainesville Sun Jonesville Park / Animal Services article

On Wednesday March 19, 2008, a Gainesville Sun Article in the local section incorrectly reported that the Alachua County Commission had “pumped $1.4 million back into the Jonesville park project” at the expense of Alachua County Animal Services.

In fact, the Commission took $2.9 million, earmarked for an aquatic center at the park, and re-appropriated it—$1.4 million to other park projects and $1.5 million to an Animal Services facilities project.

The Sun ran a correction to the article the next day in their designated correction site, located on page 2A above the Sudoku puzzle. At a recent meeting, a County Commissioner commented on receiving a number of complaints based on the mistaken article well after the correction. The Commissioner was unaware of the correction.

The Sun’s editorial staff was also unaware of the correction as they published two letters on Sunday March 23, 2008 that were based on the inaccurate article.

The Gainesville Sun was informed that the incorrect article was still posted on the internet and promised its removal. It appears that there is no corrections section online.

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County seeks public input in new Fairgrounds Development Workshop

Alachua County will hold a New Alachua County Fairgrounds Development Workshop on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 6 p.m. in the Alachua County Health Department Auditorium, 224 S.E. 24th St. Gainesville, FL.

Alachua County is in the process of developing the New Alachua County Fairgrounds, which will be located on Waldo Road north of Northeast 63rd Avenue. The County is now at a critical planning and development stage for the New Fairgrounds and is seeking citizen input on the most recently proposed design elements that would be needed to best accommodate the various potential uses of the site. The public is invited to attend the workshop and provide this valued input.

The workshop will consist of a brief review of the data that stakeholders have already provided and an interactive discussion concerning prioritizing site elements and preferences for the layout of the New Fairgrounds.

For more information, contact Rick Drummond or Laura Kane at 352-374-5204.

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State Fire Marshall needs information

Alachua County Fire Rescue units responded to the first of two residential structure fires in the Buckingham South neighborhood shortly after 2:00 p.m. on March 4, 2008. The fire caused minimal damage to the structure. Fire rescue units responded to the second residential structure fire in the same neighborhood at 2:20 a.m. on March 18, 2008. The second fire caused considerable damage to the structure.

Both fires are being actively investigated by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office. If you have any information on either of these fires, please call the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office at 352-369-2801 or toll free at 1-800-NET-FIRE (1-800-638-3473).

A working smoke alarm in your home will increase your chances of survival by at least 50%. You chances can be further improved by also having and practicing a home evacuation plan.

For information on free smoke alarms and home evacuation plans call Alachu County Fire Rescue at 352-384-3101.

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Balance 360 Treatment Program enhances Work Release alternative to incarceration

Alachua County Department of Court Services Work Release Program has been operating as an alternative to structured incarceration for over 32 years. The program has evolved over the years from an employment focused program to a focus on providing psychoeducational groups in anger management, substance abuse, and life skills.

Psychoeducation is a specialized form of education aimed at helping people learn about their emotional and behavioral difficulties, the effects of those difficulties, and strategies to deal with them.

“Balance 360” Substance Abuse Treatment Program is one of the psychoeducational components of Work Release. Work Release participants are selected for the 28 day component program based on an evaluation. Participants in the component are still held to the requirements of the Work Release Program.

A major goal is for the participants to understand and be better able to deal with the substance abuse illness. The participant’s own strengths, resources, and coping skills are reinforced, in order to avoid relapse and contribute to their own health and wellness on a long-term basis.

Work release staff has always sought to provide services and information to its participants that create linkages that lead to more successful reintegration back into their community.

The program opened in September of 2005 as a Department of Children and Families licensed 28 day, Level 4 residential substance abuse treatment program under the direction of Clinical Supervisor Diane Bonomo, LCSW.

The program has brought about a cultural and philosophical change at work release. The staff’s knowledge of substance abuse treatment has grown as the program continues to be fine tuned. The dynamics of change have been played out and are an ever present reminder of what it takes to create organizational change. The staff and residents have experienced a paradigm shift.

There have been 18 classes since the program’s inception through the completion of the last graduating class of FY’06/07 with 89.8% of the participants completing the program. The total number of residents starting treatment over the 18 classes has been 293 with 263 of those completing the Balance 360 Program. The 30 residents who did not complete the program represent incidences of program rule violations that result in return to the custody of the jail.

The addition of structured treatment to the existing psycho-educational and cognitive behavioral programming at Work Release provides the foundation for a significant opportunity to follow program participants after they leave Work Release. Follow up is used to determine the ability of program graduates to translate what they have learned to life’s challenges outside the structured environment of work release.

Participants are assessed on their ability to maintain stable employment, ability to remain crime-free based on self report and criminal history reports, and their ability to follow their relapse prevention plan while remaining Alcohol and Drug Free based on self report and ASI-Lite assessment.

For more information, please call the Work Release Program at 352-491-4570.

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Free seven-week Community Emergency Response Team classes offered

The Alachua County Division of Emergency Management has scheduled three new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes. The classes will meet on Tuesdays nights for seven weeks from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes and course materials are free to the public. Classes are held at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center, 1100 SE 27th Street, Gainesville.

A CERT is a group of citizens that receives special training (CERT training classes) which enhances their ability to recognize, respond to and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation. When a major emergency overwhelms normally available resources, such as emergency responders, response delays of hours or even days may occur. CERTs were created so that citizens with basic skills training would be able to assist those in distress.

Training includes the following:

Disaster Preparedness

Fire Safety

Disaster Medical Operations

Light Search and Rescue

Disaster Psychology and Team Organization

Terrorism and CERT

Upon successful course completion, each team member will receive a FEMA/EMI Training Certificate. Only team members 18 years and older will be eligible for the certificate, but children aged 14 and up may participate in the classes if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The three classes will take place on the following dates:

June 10, 2008 thru July 22, 2008 (registration ends on June 6, 2008)

August 5, 2008 thru September 16, 2008 (registration ends on August 1, 2008)

October 7, 2008 thru November 18, 2008 (registration ends on October 3, 2008)

As the class size will be limited to 25, interested parties are encouraged to register early.

Persons interested in an application and reading about the CERT program can visit the CERT page on the Division of Emergency Management website at

Due to new FEMA training guidelines all first responders, including CERT personnel, must take the following courses to be in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS):

IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System

IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

The courses are free of charge and can be taken online at the websites above.

For more information, or to enroll in a CERT class, contact Ebbin Spellman, CERT Program Coordinator, at 352-264-6530 or

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Photographer Mac Stone reveals Alachua County’s “Hidden Heart”

“The Hidden Heart of Alachua County”, a show featuring the photography of Mac Stone, will open at Randy Batista Gallery, 21 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601, on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 7 p.m. It will provide a view of the extraordinary natural environment of Alachua County.

Many of the images featured in the show were taken by Stone during a photo contest sponsored by the Alachua County Forever Program in 2006, and two of these were selected for the 2008 calendar produced by the Florida Communities Trust program.

More than 10,000 acres, comprising 21 different parcels, are held in the Alachua County Forever portfolio. This program represents the public’s investment in buying and preserving local wilderness, through a .25 mil property tax approved by voters in 2000. Through the complimentary work of organizations like the Alachua Conservation Trust, the Conservation Trust for Florida, The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund, not to mention other partnering government agencies, tens of thousands of additional acres of wild and working lands have been protected over the last 20 years.

Born in 1984, Stone grew up in Gainesville, and his childhood was spent exploring the hidden natural places of north central Florida. He became interested in photography at a young age, and has been photographing the natural world for almost a decade. Self-taught, he has been mentored by Gainesville’s John Moran, Larry Korhnak and Randy Batista, among others; he has developed a personal style that has become easy to recognize.

Stone is currently working in a small mountain village in Honduras with local school children to promote conservation through education. Using digital photography as a teaching tool, his goal is to strengthen the community’s connection with the environment in one of country’s most important ecologically diverse areas.

“I have grown up believing in the power of nature to enchant and inspire”, says Stone. “Alachua County’s backwoods and wilderness areas were the sanctuaries of my childhood.”

In addition to the installation of approximately 25 printed images, dozens of Stone’s photographs will be exhibited digitally.

Admission is free and open to the public, and the event will occur on the night of downtown Gainesville’s monthly ArtWalk, with several adjacent galleries open on the same night. Stone’s exhibit will be in residence at Randy Batista Gallery through May 30, 2008.

For more information visit or call 352-375-1911. For more information on Alachua County Forever contact Ramesh Buch at 352-264-6800 or

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Cooperative Extension Classes

Alachua County’s Cooperative Extension Office is offering five upcoming classes open to the public. All classes except Creating a Rain Garden will be held at the UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension Office located at 2800 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville.

All classes are free (Creating a Rain Garden is free when you purchase admission to the Spring Garden Festival). Call 352-337-6209 to register for any of the classes.


Creating a Rain Garden

A class in learning how to use the low areas in your landscape to your benefit. The class will take place at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens during the Spring Garden Festival.

The class is included with cost of admission to the festival on March 29, 2008. The class is from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Toward Permanent Weight Management (TPWM)

This class is a 3 week series taking place April 7, 14, and 21. There are two class times on each date: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Topics discussed will include good carbohydrates, healthy fats, nutrition labels, and the food pyramid.


Final Class in Financial Series Health Care Initiatives & Basic Estate Planning

The class will be held twice on April 8: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Topics discussed will include living wills, health care directives, powers of attorney, disability insurance, and long term care insurance.

This class is beneficial to people of all ages and is recommended to be shared with aging parents.


Getting to Green

This class will be held April 16, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This class is on Florida Friendly landscaping. Attendees will learn how to take care of their landscape and yard in a way that is good for the environment.


Adult Cooking School

This class will be held April 22, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

This class will emphasize saving time in the kitchen. The class is suggested as a review for experienced cooks and a “how-to” for novice cooks.

Call 352-337-6209 to register. Call 352-955-2402 for more information.

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Homebuyer Education Clinic offered

In celebration of Fair Housing Month, the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office and City of Gainesville Office of Equal Opportunity are partnering with the Alachua County Affordable Housing Coalition to present a Homebuyer Education Clinic. The free event will be held April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Santa Fe Community College, Main Campus, Building S., 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville, FL.

Hourly workshops will be provided in both English and Spanish for homebuyers on topics such as Fair Housing, Steps to Homeownership, Are you Ready to Buy?, and Down Payment Assistance. Professionals will be on hand to help homebuyers determine their buying power. In addition, representatives from local realtors, builders, lenders, not for profit housing agencies, and government agencies will be in attendance to provide information regarding the home buying process.

According to Jim Bramble, President, Alachua County Affordable Housing Coalition, “The recent downturn in the housing market may be favorable to families seeking to become homeowners. Inventory is plentiful, interest rates are low, and home prices continue to stabilize.” Families looking to buy a home this spring may be receiving both income tax refunds as well as IRA Economic Stimulus Payments starting in May, which could be used to assist homebuyers with the associated costs of buying a new home.

For more information, contact Karen Johnson, Elaine West, or Tom Webster at 352-264-7013.

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What’s on Alachua County Talks?

Check out the latest editions of Alachua County Talks on Community 12 TV by viewing the Channel 12 Show Schedule , or click on the images below to view streaming video of the episodes.

Click to watch Cindy Sanders, Cooperative Extension Director, discuss the County’s Cooperative Extension.

Click to watch Ken Zeichner, Principal Planner for the County’s Growth Management Department discuss the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

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Visitors and Convention Bureau Announces Spring Conference Grant Workshop

The Gainesville/Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau is conducting a Spring Conference Grant Workshop for meeting and conference planning professionals Thursday, April 3 at 10 a.m. at the Alachua County’s Community Treasures Conference Room located in the Downtown Administration Building located at 12 SE 1st Street.

The Gainesville/Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau is offering their 2008 Conference Grant Program this Spring to qualified meeting planners who conduct their meetings or conferences in Gainesville/Alachua County. Up to $40,000 in grant funding is available during this grant cycle.

“The workshop is the perfect forum to learn all the particulars of the Grant program and to make the application process easier and more accurate. Though not required to attend, it can be very helpful for a meeting planner to understand the entire grant process,” said Nancy Fischer, CMP, the Bureau’s Director of Sales.

To qualify, meeting professionals must complete the grant application, which is available on line at: ( and satisfy a number of criteria including confirming that their meeting or event produced hotel room nights in Gainesville/Alachua County between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2011. Individual grants cap at $10,000 and are available to corporate, association, or non-profit, public or privately-funded planners.

Although online now, applications may only be submitted during the official grant cycle which opens Tuesday, April 1 and with the deadline on Wednesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. All qualified applications will be reviewed by the County’s nine-member Tourist Development Council (TDC) in May, with recipients announced at the following month’s TDC meeting.

The Bureau also offers planners a Conference Grant in the fall which offers up to $75,000 in funding. The Conference Grant program, now in its eighth cycle, has awarded approximately 91 grants totaling more than $628,000 in funding.

For more information, contact Nancy Fischer or John Pricher at 352)-374-5260 or toll-free at 866-778-5002.

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Cultivating Agritourism one-day workshop offered

The Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau, along with IFAS Extension, University of Florida, Visit Florida and the Original Florida Tourism Task Force, will be sponsoring a one-day workshop on “Cultivating Agritourism—How Farmers, Ranchers and Tourism Professionals Plant Seeds for Profit.” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8 at the Best Western Gateway Grand, 200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville.

Agritourism is one of the oldest businesses turned into one of the newest. Over the last several years, agritourism has become one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry, providing unique experiences for visitors.

In Alachua County, agritourist attractions include Marjorie Rawlings State Historical Site at Cross Creek, Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center, Dudley Farm Historic State Park and the Retirement Home for Horses near Alachua.

Agritourism also spans across the area’s U-Pick farms, produce stands, and the weekly farmers’ markets in downtown Gainesville, Haile Plantation, Tioga Town Center, High Springs, and north Gainesville on US 441. It can include country gift shops, gardening classes and a vacation where one stays overnight on a farm. In short, it can be anything that brings patrons outside to enjoy a farm and its products.

In addition to creating a sense of community by giving farming families an opportunity to share with their urban and suburban patrons a way of life to which they have not previously been exposed, agritourism also generates additional income for the farms, helping them remain sustainable.

While the industry is not new, the same curiosity exists today that did even as far back as the 1800s. Tourists are fascinated by the experience of learning about food production, the farming lifestyle, the change of scenery and the opportunity for recreation that a farm can offer.

Visit for more information.

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County Update TV on Community 12

This month’s County Update includes a feature on Frank Towers, a veteran of the Allied invasion of France as a member of the U.S. Army 30th Infantry Division, and the recipient of the first Jim McCawley Veterans Service Award for (in 2006) for his work in creating Les Fleurs de la Memoire (the Flowers of Memory) program which allows French families and individuals to adopt the gravesites of American serviceman buried in Normandy and Brittany cemeteries. Frank lives in LaCrosse.

Other features include a Groundbreaking at new green Fire/EMS stations, green landscaping with EPD and Cooperative extension, 39th Ave. signalization, the recent mental health grant press conference. Channel 12 Schdule

Click to link to Video- on-Demand

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Supervisor of Elections requests voters update their voter registration

In preparation for the August 26, 2008 Primary Election, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter is urging voters to use this opportunity to update their voter registration record with the Elections Office prior to the July 28, 2008 deadline.

During the Presidential Preference Primary Election, many voters were unsure of where to vote, having moved and not notified the Election Office of their new address.

Florida Law requires voters to keep their legal residence address current with the Elections Office and that they vote in the precinct of their legal residence. Frustrations at the polls can be significantly reduced if voters make the necessary updates to their voter registration records now.

Carpenter would also like to remind voters that Florida is a closed Primary State, which can also be confusing to some voters. In a Primary Election, voters may only vote for candidates of the political party in which they are registered. If all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election, all voters may vote. This is called a Universal Primary. All registered voters may vote in non-partisan elections, on issues and for any candidate in the General Election.

If a voter is unsure of what is on their voter record such as their party affiliation or their address, they should contact the Elections Office to verify or change their information. All new registrations and party changes must be made by the July 28th deadline for the Primary Election.

The form for registering to vote, updating your voter information or updating your signature is available online at , at our office at 111 S.E. 1st Avenue, at any Public library or contact our office for sites were voter registration applications might be obtained. All mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than the July 28th deadline.


Vote by Mail

Any registered voter may Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail is simple and convenient. A voter may request to have their ballot mailed to them for all elections through the next two General Elections. Requests can be made online at , in person, by mail, by fax, or by telephone. All requests for ballots to be mailed must be made no later than 5:00 PM on the sixth day prior to an election.

If your signature has changed, it is very important that you update it on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. You may update your signature in person at the Supervisor of Elections Office or online. Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on your voter record. The Supervisor of Elections must receive signature updates for use in verifying mail ballots and provisional ballots no later than the start of canvassing of mail ballots by the Canvassing Board.

All mail ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. Election Day.


Early Voting

Any registered voter may vote. Early Voting for the August 26, 2008 Primary Election will be available starting Monday, August 11, 2008.

Early Voting will be available at the following times:

August 11 - August 15 (9am to 5pm)

August 18 - August 22 (9am to 5pm)

Saturday, August 16th (9am to 1pm)

Sunday, August 17th (1pm to 5pm)

Saturday, August 23rd (9am to 5pm)

Early Voting Ends


Early Voting Sites

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

You are required to present picture and signature identification before voting early. If you do not present proper identification, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

For questions or additional information, contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-374-5252.

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Health Department Issues Warning of Increase in Chicken Pox Cases

Alachua County Health Department officials today want to warn residents and visitors about an increase in cases of chicken pox. “Chicken pox is now a vaccine preventable disease” states Sherry Windham, Immunizations Program Manager.

Since mid February, ten cases of chicken pox, known as Varicella, have been reported to the Alachua County Health Department. Most of the cases were seen in elementary school aged children, although the ages have ranged from a 1 year old to 42 years old. Chicken pox is a rash illness with fever. People who have not previously had the disease or have had one dose of vaccine and who are in close contact with a person with chicken pox may be at risk. Most children currently in public schools have one dose of vaccine. Children entering kindergarten in Fall 2008 are required to have two doses of the vaccine. An additional dose of vaccine is recommended for people with only one dose of vaccine.

Varicella is contagious one to two days prior to onset of rash and until the rash is crusted over and dry. Varicella can be spread from respiratory tract secretions or by direct contact with fluid from the pox.

For more information, contact Health Department official Sherry Windham at 352-334-7900 ext. 7951.

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County Event and Meeting Reminder

Fairgrounds Development Workshop

Community Emergency Response Team

Homebuyer Education Clinic

VCB Spring Conference Grant Workshop

County Agritourism Workshop

Upcoming Extension Office Classes

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Commission Meeting Highlights

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

Announcements - Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator


Thurston McLeod of the Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office accepted the proclamation declaring Tuesday, March 25, 2008 as “Thurston McLeod Day” in Alachua County, Florida.

Thurston McLeod Day.pdf


Dr. Gordon Tremaine , Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County accepted the proclamation declaring Thursday, March 27, 2008 as “Children’s Day” in Alachua County, Florida.

Childrens Day 2008.pdf


The Board heard a presentation on the funding of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Compensation and Classification Study recommendations. The Board referred the item to the County Manager for further study. The Manager will report to the Board when his review is complete. Amount:$1,273,111.00

Reserve adjustments Spreadsheet.pdf
Budget Amendment.pdf


The Board heard a presentation of the 2009-2011 Alachua County SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan The Board directed staff to: A.) Draft a new Rental Deposit Pilot Program to provide one-time grants to eligible renters for security and utility deposits. B.) Draft changes to the following SHIP funded programs as described in Recommendation Single Family Housing Development Program Multi-Family Housing Development Program Special Needs Program Down Payment Assistance Program C.) Draft Housing Delivery Goals for SFY 2009-2011 as recommended or amended. (See Attached Recommendations for details.)

2009 2011 SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan Presentation.pdf
Housing Delivery Goals Chart.pdf
2009 2011 SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan Recommendations.pdf
SHIP LHAP Overview Board Direction Presentation.ppt
2009 2011 SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan Issues.pdf


Public Hearings

The Board conducted a Public Hearing to amend the FY08 Foster Grandparent budget for changes in fund balance and revenue estimates. The Board adopted the resolution and approved the budget amendment. Amount: $28,785.00



The Board conducted an Affordable Housing Public Hearing to obtain citizens' input on County-owned surplus lands suitable for affordable housing. The Board adopted Resolution 31008 indicating that there are no surplus county owned properties suitable for affordable housing.

New Resolution 31008.pdf
Revamped Surplus Lands Presentation.ppt
Revamped Surplus Lands Presentation.pdf
New surplus lands 31008.pdf


The Board c onducted the second and final public hearing and adopted the ordinance amending Unified Land Development Code Section 403.10 Multifamily Residential Requirements and Section 406.03 (d) Eligibility for Planned Developments with Transfer of Development (PD-TDR).

CPA 11 07 Adopted Comprehensive Plan Language.pdf
Exhibit A for Ordinance.pdf
Summary of CPAs.pdf
CPA 04 07 Adopted Comp Plan Language.pdf
LDR Ordinance.pdf
ULD Code sect 406 31408.pdf


The Board held the ULDC First Adoption Hearing to consider amendments to the Alachua County Sign Code and other sections of the Unified Land Development Code. They approved the recommended changes to the Unified Land Development Code and direct staff to proceed with the second and final adoption hearing.

ULD Code sect 402 403 31408.pdf


The Board approved ZOM-02-08: A request to rezone from RE-1 (single family residential) district to R-1c (single family residential) district on approximately one acre with the bases as noted in the staff report

ZOM0208 Powerpoint.pdf
ADV_ Zoning 32508.pdf


The Board approved ZOS-01-08: A request to renew a special use permit for an excavation and fill operation (clean debris) in an 'A' (Agriculture) district on approximately 122 acres with the amended bases and conditions as noted in the staff report.

ZOS0108 Powerpoint.pdf
ADV_ Zoning 32508.pdf


The Board approved ZOX-01-08: A request for a special exception to allow a butterfly farm in an 'A' (Agriculture) district on approximately 16.70 acres with the bases and conditions as noted in the staff report.

ZOX0108 Powerpoint.pdf
ADV_ Zoning 32508.pdf


The Board approved the replat of Lots 31 and 32 in Kenwood Subdivision, Unit 3

Kenwood_Unit 3_ReplatL31_32_CHAIRSR.pdf
ADV_ Zoning 32508.pdf


The Board approved the Plat for Stonecrest Subdivision

ADV_ Zoning 32508.pdf


Advisory Boards

Tourist Development Council
The Board Appointed Ms Eileen Roy as an Alternate to a term ending Nov-11.
The Board Appointed Ms Lucie Regensdorf as a Hotel Owner/Operator to a term ending Nov-11.
The Board Appointed Mr John Glanzer as an Elected Municipal Official to a term ending Nov-11.
The Board Appointed Dr Lori Pennington-Gray as a Citizen to a term ending Feb-12.
Board of Adjustment
The Board Appointed Mr Pearse Hayes as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending Deferred.
The Board Appointed Mr Andrew Saltman as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending Deferred.

Code Enforcement Board
The Board Appointed Mr Gordon Bennett as a Business Person to a term ending Oct-10.
The Board Appointed Mr Walter Ratliff as a Sub-Contractor to a term ending Nov-10.
The Board Appointed Mr Anthony Cousins as an Alternate to a term ending Oct-10.

Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP)
The Board Appointed Ms Elizabeth O’Brien as a Dept. of Children & Families Rep. to a term ending Feb. 2009 (partial), then to a full term ending Feb. 2011.
The Board Appointed Ms LaShanta Harris as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending Sep-09.
The Board Appointed Ms Lynda Johnson as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending Feb-10.
The Board Appointed Mr Sheldon Packer as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending Sep-09.
The Board Appointed Ms Jennifer Tragash as a Citizen-at-large to a term ending Feb-10.

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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:

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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