February 15, 2023, 7 PM, at LPA, County Commission Chambers.



If you missed the January 18, 2024 final Workshop, as many did, Martin County is holding another workshop on 2/15/24, during the 7 PM LPA Meeting. Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) was selected by the County to assist them in updating its Comprehensive Plan (CP) through the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)
TCRP's report is scheduled for the Board of County Commissioner on February 20, 2023.
As of 2/8/2023 the LPA Agenda has not been posted, please check back on this site for the Meeting Packet: https://martin.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=39443&GUID=52FD16B4-3EEC-4E39-8581-A16495CBE3E1&Search=

This is a pdf copy of the TCRPC Report:
Why is this important: This is your opportunity to express your concerns with updates to the Comp Plan, that is the backbone of land use regulations (recall the significant land use change that adopted the Rural Lifestyle Land Use designation).

See Florida Statutes (below) for what a Comprehensive Plan addresses-

163.3177 Required and optional elements of comprehensive plan; studies and surveys.(1)The comprehensive plan shall provide the principles, guidelines, standards, and strategies for the orderly and balanced future economic, social, physical, environmental, and fiscal development of the area that reflects community commitments to implement the plan and its elements. These principles and strategies shall guide future decisions in a consistent manner and shall contain programs and activities to ensure comprehensive plans are implemented.

Preserving Paradise: A Half Cent at a Time > CALL TO ACTION! Please Help NOW!

Dear Martin County Forever Supporter,

As someone who supports the preservation of Martin County’s natural lands, water and way of life, we want you to know that NOW is the time to act.
On Tuesday, February 20, we have a 9:30 a.m. preset agenda item before the Martin County BOCC. Martin County Forever is asking the Commissioners to vote in favor of placing a referendum that will allow you to vote on the November 2024 ballot for a 10-year duration, half-cent sales tax to purchase and conserve natural lands in Martin County.

Thank you, For more Information see our Website:

Show your support by copying & emailing a note to comish@martin.fl.us or attending the meeting.
Support the MartinCountyForever.comFlorida Forever ½ cent Call to Action” to Preserve and Conserve Martin County!

KEY POINTS of a 1/2¢ investment

  • Could generate an estimated $18.3 million annually
  • Duration 10 years
  • A significant portion would come from visitors (37.5%)
  • Only applies to first $5000 of any purchase
  • Would increase our current sales tax from 6.5% to 7%
  • Would not apply to groceries, prescriptions, school supplies
  • Limited to: Blueways, Indian River Lagoon Watershed, Loxa-Lucie & Pal Mar
All information & photo from MartinCountyForever.com Website

South Florida Water Management Comments regarding Rural Lifestyle Applicant Calusa1/23/2024

SFWMD has commented after receipt of the Rural Lifestyle Land Use application for Calusa Creek Ranch was forwarded to them by Martin County. Their comments reflect many of our concerns regarding not only this development, but the cumulative impact of the Rural Lifestyle Developments on Martin County's resources. A Summary of the SFWMD letter from Virginia Sherlock is posted below. Also a pdf of SFWMD's actual comments letter has been posted below for your review.
The South Florida Water Management District has issued comments regarding the proposed amendment to the Future Land Use Map for the Calusa Creek Ranch development, which extends the Rural Lifestyle land use designation more than a mile beyond the Urban Services District.

SFWM comments (see below) raise concerns about whether the amendment will adversely impact the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) project area and requires the developer to "detail the methodologies, assumptions, data sources and analyses that will be used to assess whether its development program will have adverse impacts to the CERP project."

The District also says it is "unclear whether the development is deriving water for both consumption and irrigation" and that an analysis of stormwater management needs for the proposed land use is needed.

The amendment was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on a 3-2 vote (Smith-Hetherington-Ciampi in favor; Heard-Jenkins opposed) late last year for transmittal to the state for agency review and comment. Comments of state agencies must be addressed before the amendment can be brought back to the Commission for final adoption.
Ginny Sherlock

A location map from the Martin County Application for Calusa is to the left. A copy of the SFWMD Comment dated 1/23/2024 is below:
Thank you- Virginia Sherlock for providing information for updates in the above. Summaries and posts provided herein are abbreviated interpretations by its writers of various content and should not be considered as legal opinions.

Please forward to those you may think interested in reading this and subscribing. Our intent is to send periodic notices to call attention to matters relating to conservation.

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