Walton County held the Technical Review Committee (TRC) Meeting Wednesday, February 5, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The agenda may be reviewed here.
When reviewing the agenda it occurred to me that one less involved with the regulatory agencies might not be very informed on the workings of the Technical Review Committee. For instance, what can you expect at the TRC meetings? Who are the TRC members? What is the purpose of the meetings? Well, these meetings are an opportunity for the applicant to meet with the members of the committee to receive and discuss comments on their permit application. The committee is comprised of the planning staff, building official, agents from the regulatory agencies such as utilities, fire and life safety, 911-Addressing, Public Works, as well as others. The TRC discusses things like setbacks, preservation requirements, traffic concurrency, project impact on utilities, and parking. The committee meets with the purpose of identifying and clarifying the concerns for each application.
The meeting is typically moderated by the Director of Planning and Development. Staff prepare agendas with details of each project to be heard and keep minutes and records of each meeting. Reports are generated by the staff and provided to the applicant or their agent. Copies of reports can be obtained by contacting the planning staff prior to the meeting.
These meetings are both useful and informative and it doesn’t stop there. The meetings may be the only opportunity for the public to comment on projects of concern. Projects that do not meet the criteria for a major development application will not go before the Planning Commission or the Board of County Commissioners. Those that do not meet the criteria of a major development application are deemed minor or less-than-minor and are only advertised for public review at the Technical Review Committee meetings. The public may go to these meetings and will have the opportunity to voice questions or concerns about the projects individually during each review. For many projects, this is the only public comment period.
If you are interested in checking what will be reviewed at each meeting, you can read the DeFuniak Herald Breeze legal section for notices or you can go to the Walton County website to review the agendas online.