Planning and Zoning is responsible for coordination of concurrency management, which is governed by Chapter V of the Lake County Land Development Regulations. On July 21, 2009, the Board of County Commissioners approved Ordinance 2009-39, a rewrite of Chapter V delineating a new concurrency management procedure with multiple layers of review for non-exempt development proposals.
The purpose of concurrency management is to ensure that public facilities and services needed to support development are available concurrent with the impacts of such development. Concurrency evaluations allow the County to ascertain the availability of four categories of public facilities and services at the time of a proposed development’s impacts:
- transportation facilities (roads and mass transit);
- sanitary sewer, solid waste, stormwater management and potable water;
- parks and recreation; and
- educational facilities (schools).
- Nonbinding Capacity Information Letter (CIL) – The CIL is essentially a snapshot in time of available capacity. The CIL is optional and is not a prerequisite for further review. CILs are useful for applicants trying to determine the best location to pursue for development.
- Capacity Encumbrance Letter (CEL) – Capacity Encumbrance Letters are typically applied for during the formal application review process, but can also be requested independent of any formal application submittal. An application for a CEL triggers a full concurrency review and is required during the development application process for all non-exempt development. If capacity is available, it is encumbered for 120 days upon issuance of the letter. The CEL is a prerequisite to the Capacity Reservation Certificate (CRC).
Capacity Reservation Certificates (CRC)
If capacity is available, an applicant can apply to reserve that capacity for four years. At the time of application for a CRC, the applicant must pay capacity reservation fees. Reservation of capacity is available for roads on commercial projects and the reservation fees are based on the estimated transportation impact fees. For residential projects, capacity can be reserved for schools, roads and parks. The fee is 50 percent of the estimated impact fees per lot. Reservation fees are applied as a credit against assessed impact fees at the time of building permit.