Hague Residence Say Biomass Incinerator Violated Comprehensive Plan Reply

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Yesterday Article Hague Railroad 8-28-1977


Hague Historical Baptist and Methodist Churches and Cemetery

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter learning about the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Gainesville, Alachua County and City of Alachua, I felt it is necessary to put it on Public Record, that Citizens in Hague, who’s lives and property are DIRECTLY affected by the BioMass incinerator and water pipeline, were NEVER notified in accordance with Gainesville’s Comprehensive Plan’s Intergovernmental Coordination Element

The Hague Flatwoods, which are sensitive Wetland’s were compromised. The Historic Hague “Rural Cluster” Communities Protection (1984) was also ignored.

What is the POINT of having these -Ordinances/Policies, if they don’t INVOLVE the Citizens in the Notification/ Dialogue, who are directly impacted from such a enormous project ?

I’ve attached the “letter of notification” & the Hague Rural Cluster Documents, as well as Comprehensive Plan.

Hague is listed as a “Rural Cluster” (1984) which notes: Historical Significance to Alachua County.

Alachua County Rural Clusters


Below is a petition with signatures of several of the longstanding citizens in Hague.  This is a Travesty.


Petition date – June 18, 2013


Complete Intergovernmental Coordination Element Document


The City of Gainesville shall continue to have interlocal or other formal agreements that describe joint processes for collaborative planning and decision-making with the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) and other units of local government that provide services but do not have regulatory authority over the use of land, and with Alachua County and the City of Alachua. The joint processes shall include coordination on siting of facilities with countywide significance, including locally unwanted land uses. (See Lynn Coulias, Hague petition below)

1.3.10 The City shall continue to make concurrency management information, inventories and other data collected and maintained by the City available to other units of government and the public.

1.5.2 The City shall continue to work with the County regarding criteria for the location of hazardous materials collection/transfer treatment facilities. One criterion shall be consideration of potential groundwater contamination. (Definition of a “hazardous material” includes biomass incinerator emissions)

1.5.4 The City shall continue to cooperate with the County to identify areas of pollution to surface water and groundwater and to document present conditions and cleanup status. The City shall assist in identifying the
parties responsible for the polluted areas and require such parties to mitigate pollution problems. The City shall continue to cooperate with the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, the FDEP, the Water Management Districts, and the EPA and shall support the appropriate agencies with efforts to accomplish the following:

The City shall continue to work with state agencies to assure compliance with the State Comprehensive Plan, the North Central Florida Strategic Regional Policy Plan, and agency functional plans.
1.6.1 The City shall comply with State pollution control requirements at the former Gainesville Airport Landfill and Burn Site described in the Solid Waste Element.
1.6.2 The City shall maintain water conservation programs that are consistent with the Water Management Districts’ plans.

c. Requesting that the City of Alachua review and comment on City of Gainesville Land Use Amendments that may impact adopted LOS standards within the City of Alachua.


October 17, 2013

Rural Clusters ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public workshop on Tuesday, October, 22, 2013 to discuss draft amendments to the County’s Comprehensive Plan policies on Rural Clusters. The public workshop will be held in the Jack Durrance Auditorium on the second floor of the County Administration Building at 12 SE 1st Street in downtown Gainesville, beginning at 5 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard.

The draft amendments to the Comprehensive Plan policies are available for review, along with other related information.

The Rural Cluster land use designation and related policies in the Comprehensive Plan recognize historic rural communities located outside of the urban area. There are thirteen Rural Clusters, including the communities of Campville, Cross Creek, Earleton, Evinston, Grove Park, Hague, Island Grove, Lochloosa, Melrose, Orange Heights, Rochelle, Santa Fe, and Windsor.

At the October 22 workshop, the Board will be asked to take action to authorize staff to advertise public hearings on a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to revise the policies on Rural Clusters. The draft policy changes focus primarily on the process to be used for the delineation of more precise boundaries for each of the Rural Clusters. If the Board authorizes staff to move forward as recommended, there would be three public hearings on these policy changes scheduled and advertised over the next few months pursuant to Florida Statutes and the County’s Land Development Code. If these amendments are adopted, there would be future neighborhood meetings and public hearings to consider Comprehensive Plan Amendments to the Future Land Use Map on the more precise boundaries for each Rural Cluster.

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