Title: Jake Varn's Comments on the Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Land Use and Water Planning
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Title: Jake Varn's Comments on the Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Land Use and Water Planning
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Jake Varn's Comments on the Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Land Use and Water Planning (JDV Box 49)
General Note: Box 21, Folder 2 ( Land and Water Planning Task Force - 1994 - 1995 ), Item 7
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(904) 222-9600 FAX: (904) 222-9692

November 7, 1994 Jake Varn

Working Copy

Jake Varn
Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel,
Smith & Cutler, P.A.
First Florida Bank Building
P.O. Drawer 190
Tallahassee, FL 32302

Dear Jake:

As you requested in your October 21 letter, I have reviewed the workshop draft of the
Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Land Use and Water Planning. My comments

Recommendation #1: Concur. The state is not going to compel compliance with measurable
"objectives". Therefore, benchmarks seem appropriate.

Recommendation #2: Concur.

Recommendation #3: Concur. However, the public rarely participates (do they care is really the
question?) in planning such workshop. Could the major policies be subjected to a public
education campaign? ... using simple language.

Recommendation #4: Concur. However, if you recall the debates about data in our Ecosystems
meetings, statewide data is often fragmented and not subjected to quality control.

Recommendation #5: Concur.

Recommendation #6: Concur. I would opt for Option B, required legislative review. Under this
option if the legislature does not act, the plan becomes law. Options A and C are similar, but I
believe the perverse nature of B will force a stronger discussion of the issues. The planning
process must have consequences to be meaningful.

Recommendations #7 and #8: Concur.

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Jake Varn
November 7, 1994
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State Water Policy
Jake, I am surprised the task force did not recommend doing away with the water policy. It is
(or should be) redundant given the changes proposed for the State Water Plan. Similarly, there
is no stand alone State Land Policy or Transportation Policy. Why one for water?

Recommendation #9: Concur. And I heartily endorse the land use map.

Recommendation #10: It is interesting that the Land Plan should "provide guidance ... to
implement the State" plan. Yet nothing is said about providing guidance for local plans.
Generally concur.

Recommendation #11: Concur. Though I believe the FQD process has failed and should be
repealed. It could be made useful if principles and intentions of Ecosystem Management were

Recommendations #12, #13, #14 and #15: Concur.

Regional Water Supply Authorities

Why are these entities needed? The districts could assume their responsibilities. These authorities
are an example of governmental redundancy that lead to interagency legal and political squabbles,
time delays, etc.

Recommendation #17: Another useless layer of planning and review. Another point of appeal
potential. This raises the larger issue of the RPC involvement in matters of environmental review.

Recommendation #18: There would be no need for the legislature to direct the WMDs to report
to the RPCs on water issues if the RPCs were not involved. This is typical of the convoluted
system; I wish the task force had at least discussed this in the report.

Recommendation #19: Same as 18

Recommendation #20: Concur.

Recommendation #21: The north Florida counties will probably be short changed because of the
funding disparity of NWFWMD.

Recommendation #22: Concur.

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Jake Varn
November 7, 1994
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Recommendation #23: Why should the RPCs and not the WMDs provide "cross-acceptance"
review on water supply?

Jake, I am sure some of my comments seem intemperate and not helpful. Nevertheless, it seems
the myriad of committees and task forces seem content to recycle the same issues, processes and
institutions. These endless multilevel reviews are not productive to the issues facing the state.


Stephen J. Fox


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