A year of opportunities to stop phosphate mining in Union County, FL

Union County, Florida apparently takes its duties to the public seriously, with a series of meetings through the next year about mining (including phosphate mining) in its Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations (LDR). People in Union County and everywhere who don’t want another phosphate mine leaching into groundwater, rivers, and springs and driving away other jobs, please show up at the meetings or write to the Union Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). For example, start by advocating the Commissioners extend their moratorium against phosphate mining.

Jim Tatum of Our Santa Fe River (OSFR) has turned that schedule into an image, and I’ve included it below as text, with a link to Union County’s own PDF.

Union County, FL Mining Moratorium Schedule

Text version of Union County mining amendment schedule

Union County
Union County
Proposed Schedule
Mining Moratorium,
Comprehensive Plan Amendment &
Land Development Regulations Amendment
November 20, 2017
(PDF)
Board of County Commissioners Meeting – 3rd Mondays 6:00 P.M.
5:00 P.M. December 18, 2017 Moratorium Extension Planning & Zoning Board Public Hearing
5:15 P.M. December 18, 2017 Moratorium Extension Board of County Commission 1st Public Hearing
5:30 P.M. December 18, 2017 3rd Mining Comprehensive Plan Amendment Workshop
5:00 P.M. January 16, 2018* Moratorium Extension Board of County Commission 2nd Public Hearing
5:15 P.M. January 16, 2018* Mining Comprehensive Plan Amendment Planning & Zoning Board Public Hearing
5:30 P.M. January 16 , 2018* Mining Comprehensive Plan Amendment Board of County Commission Transmittal Public Hearing
5:00 P.M. April 16, 2018 Mining Comprehensive Plan Amendment Board of County Commission Adoption Public Hearing
5:00 P.M. June 18, 2018 1st Mining Land Development Regulations Amendment Workshop
5:00 P.M. August 20, 2018 2nd Mining Land Development Regulations Amendment Workshop
5:00 P.M. September 17, 2018 3rd Mining Land Development Regulations Amendment Workshop
5:00 P.M. November 19, 2018 Mining Land Development Regulations Amendment Planning & Zoning Board Public Hearing
5:30 P.M. November 19, 2018 Mining Land Development Regulations Amendment Board of County Commission 1st Public Hearing
5:00 P.M. December 17, 2018 Mining Land Development Regulations Amendment Board of County Commission Adoption Public Hearing
*Because Monday, January 15, 2018 is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the monthly County meeting will be scheduled for the following day Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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