August 14, 2006 Meeting
Alva Community Center
Vice president, George Berczik, called the meeting to order since the
president was unable to be at the beginning of the meeting. The minutes of the
June 12 meeting were read and approved with the notation that the scheduled July
10th meeting was postponed until August 14th. The treasurer reported a balance
of $4,741.71 and a relatively quiet period of financial activity.
The remainder of the meeting was given over to Wayne Daltry, Director of Smart
Growth and David Crawford, Senior Planner for the Southwest Florida Regional
Planning Council. Rather than focusing on Alva Inc.ís concern for a commercial
standard along Rt. 80, Mr Daltry said now is the time to resurrect the rejected
2002 Alva Community Plan. A community plan will give the framework to work off
of for any other planning. In many ways the 2002 Alva Community Plan was ahead
of its time. The County is now more supportive of community plans and the
potential growth forecast by the Alva Plan is now becoming a reality, much to
the concern of many residents who didnít believe such development could or would
happen in and around Alva.
Other reasons for getting a community plan in place are: without a community
plan, Alva is left undefended; county officials will refer and defer to a
community plan; a plan empowers the community to more effectively interface with
developers; there needs to be a discussion in the community of what the
community wants, and getting a plan together will make this happen; if the rural
life style characteristic of Alva can be preserved in at least a part of Alva,
the quality of life and property values will thus be safeguarded in that area.
What needs to be done: the 2002 Alva Plan needs to be reduced in verbal content
and in the geographic area included in the new plan. Mr. Daltry emphasized the
need to isolate the area covered by the plan, get community agreement on the
area and community consensus of the planís content. In order for the plan to be
in this yearís county approval cycle, the plan must be submitted to the head of
zoning by Sept. 29, 2006.
David Crawford of the Regional Planning Council reported on the growth of
development in the surrounding area, especially the Four Corners of Lee,
Charlotte, Hendry and Glades county. Here studies and assessments are showing
there will be a lot more people; there is not adequate infrastructure and there
isnít any money for infrastructure. He expressed his desire to keep Alva rural,
a little gem in the midst of burgeoning suburban-ization and gated-community
development. The recent go ahead for the development of Babcock City is, in the
words of Mr. Daltry, ďthe gorilla is let out of the cage and the monkeys had
better get stirred up.Ē
Before the meeting adjourned those present agreed upon the following actions: an
executive board meeting, Friday, August 18 7 PM ; reserving the Alva Community
Center for several Saturday 9 AM to noon workshops for community input on the
plan; getting a notice of the workshops in the legal notices of the News Press
and flyers in the community.
Those in attendance: Rob Andrys, George and Bertie Berczik, Colette and Stan
Corwin, Ruby Daniels and Norm Walker, Jr.