Public invited to share their vision of county's future – Citrus County Chronicle

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Updated: September 21, 2021 @ 7:03 am
County Commissioner Chairman Scott Carnahan.
Citrus County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard
Reporter
County Commissioner Chairman Scott Carnahan.
Citrus County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard
Residents will soon be able to share with their elected officials their vision for the future of Citrus County.
The county has scheduled two strategic planning sessions to obtain input from the public regarding roads, the environment, jobs, health care, the economy and anything else it believes their elected officials need to focus on going forward.
County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan said he’s not a fan of strategic planning sessions because they are never acted upon.
“It’s hogwash,” he said.
There’s never any follow-through, he said, because boards change and priorities change.
“To me, it’s a waste of time,” Carnahan said.
A better option, he said, is to work on redoing the county’s land development code and comprehensive plan. The comp plan, as it is often called, is a massive document that is the blueprint that drives all aspects of growth regulation in Citrus County and it hasn’t been updated since 1990.
Commissioner Jeff Kinnard said he didn’t know if recommendations in the past were acted on but getting the public input at these strategic planning sessions “is absolutely essential.”
He said it is the commissioners’ job as elected officials to listen to the public.
“It’s too easy for elected officials to have a degree of disconnect from the public,” Kinnard said. 
The first forum is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd.
An additional forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the College of Central Florida’s Citrus Campus at 3800 County Road 491 in Lecanto.
After input has been evaluated and the strategic planning process is complete, a formal document and presentation will be delivered to county commissioners.
Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or [email protected]. To see more of his stories, visit  tinyurl.com/y6kb23vv.
County Commissioner Chairman Scott Carnahan.
Citrus County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard
Reporter
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