The Lanark Village Review Committee has been reactivated at the request of the Lanark Village Association (LVA).
The advisory committee, founded around 1998, was not officially disbanded but faded away due to lack of interest, according to County Planner Mark Curenton.
People are interested again and following a written request made by the LVA to the county Planning and Zoning advisory board, Lanark residents Tony Johnson and Barry Greer have been appointed to the review committee.
Curenton said the review committee is exclusively for Lanark, a special overlay district, which has special status and different zoning requirements because the community, built as officers’ quarters for Camp Gordon Johnston during World War II, was grandfathered in when the county comprehensive plan was first filed.
After the war, Lanark Village was developed and marketed as a low cost retirement community by a Miami-based development company.
Members of the Lanark Review Committee may attend P&Z meetings, which are open to the public, but will not be voting members of that county advisory board.
In the past, Curenton said, plans for proposed development or construction within Lanark Village were forwarded to the review committee. He said P&Z would give the committee two weeks to review proposals and would consider any comments reviewers offered before making decisions regarding variances and permits.
The letter to P&Z also asks that records regarding Lanark Village be updated.
Dot Bless, spokeswoman for the Lanark Village Association wrote that the updating of county records will aid the the county’s building, planning and zoning, road, animal control and solid waste departments, as well as the sheriff’s office, Lanark Village Volunteer Fire Department, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Transportation, all of which have expressed their desire to work with (the LVA.
The letter said Lanark residents have allowed rules and ordinances to be ignored in recent years and asked that the county take measures to reinstitute enforcement.
LVA requests aid from the county in removal of derelict cars, boats and trailers from public areas and the county right of way; establishment of rules concerning the number of vehicles per residential unit and condemnation of abandoned or derelict properties, including those with unkempt landscape, vermin, no active utilities and structures which are fire hazards.
“The village has at one time been a very strong community that has lost some of its integrity,” Greer said. “Restoring the Lanark community is important to Lanark and the county. I foresee the community working together again.”