Title: Responses to Task Force Report
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Title: Responses to Task Force Report
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Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Responses to Task Force Report (JDV Box 49)
General Note: Box 21, Folder 2 ( Land and Water Planning Task Force - 1994 - 1995 ), Item 10
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Jake Varn
November 14, 1994 Working Copy

To: Jake Varn, Subcommittee Chairman, Governor's Task Force on
Land and Water Planning

From: Jack Sullivan, Executive Direct t lacoochee Regional
Water Supply Authority

Re: Responses to Task Force Rep

Attached please find responses from the Withlacoochee Regional
Water Supply Authority concerning the recommendations of the
Governor's Task Force Report on Land and Water Planning. These
comments were approved for transmittal at the Board's November 10,
1994 Board meeting.

I would like to point out that the Board is not negative toward
the recommendations. However, the cost involved in preparing and
adopting Regional Water Supply plans as well as the uncertainty of
how such plans may effect the Authority and its local governments
is of primary concern.

Thank you for taking our concerns .into consideration.

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Questions Relating To
Governor's Task Force Report on
Land Use and Water Planning

Following are comments approved for transmittal to the Task Force
from the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority by the
Board of Directors on November 10, 1994:

1. The report recommendations require that Regional Water Supply
Authorities (RWSAs) prepare and adopt Regional Water Supply
Master Plans. The recommendations do not specify what are to
be in the Plans nor do they indicate where the monies for
these Master Plans are to come from. Since such plans
normally require extensive technical expertise, they may be
very expensive to prepare. RWSAs currently are voluntary
organizations without any dedicated outside funding source
except local assessments and water sales, if applicable.
Assessing additional ad valorem taxes pursuant to a region-
wide referendum in today's "anti-tax" environment is not
feasible. How are such studies and 5-year updates to be

2. Since RWSAs are voluntary organizations, the State is not
covered with these organizations. Further, on occasion, local
governments withdraw from the existing RWSAs for various
political or economic reasons. In addition, not all Water
Management Districts encourage the development of RWSAs. The
SWFWMD does and consequently, its District is almost covered
by functioning RWSAs. Other WMDs have no RWSAs organized
within their boundaries. Is it realistic to require detailed
top-down planning requirements for organizations that cover
only part of the State? Should there be statutory
requirements or monetary incentives applied to move local
governments toward multi-county regionalization of potable
water supply?

3. Adopting Water Supply Master Plans by rule will be a
cumbersome and extended process. Generally, a WSA Master Plan
is a modified "Needs and Sources" study for the Authority
area similar to the Water Management District Needs and
Sources studies. These are relatively expensive and
voluminous technical documents. Further, since the contents
of the Plan are not detailed in the Task Force report, we are
not sure what portions of the plan must be adopted? The
statement that any portion of the plan that effects another
party must be adopted by rule still does not give sufficient
guidance as to what portions of the plan must be adopted.

Task Force Rpt
Page 2

4. Since the strength of the Regional Water Supply Authority
Master Plan is to indicate the areas and facilities needed in
the future for potable water supply, it is imperative that
local government Comprehensive Plans be compatible with the
Authority's Master Plan. It would seem to make more sense to
have the Chart on P. 33 of the Task Force report reflect a
more direct connection to local government comprehensive
plans. Perhaps this could be done directly through a
consistency line from local government comprehensive plans to
RWSA Master Plans; or, indirectly through a consistency line
between Strategic Regional Policy Plans and RWSA Master
Plans. This last alternative would provide some consistency
between local comprehensive plans and the RWSA Master Plan
since local comprehensive plans must also be consistent with
Strategic Regional Policy Plans.

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