In 1986 the voters of Alachua County adopted the Alachua County Charter. One requirement of being a Charter County is that a Charter Review Commission (CRC) is convened once every ten years to review the County Charter and propose amendments that will be placed on the ballot for voters’ consideration.
On September 10, 2019, the Alachua County Commission appointed the 2019-20 Charter Review Commission. In the subsequent 9 months, the CRC held 16 meetings and 3 public hearings. Public outreach resulted in numerous published media reports, and the CRC received 80 submittals.
After significant public debate and discussion, the County CRC voted to place the following four charter amendment proposals on the November 3rd ballot:
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COUNTY CHARTER AMENDMENT ESTABLISHING COUNTY GROWTH MANAGEMENT AREA
Shall the Alachua County Charter be amended, effective countywide, to establish a County Growth Management Area (“Area”), provide that the County’s comprehensive plan and land development regulations will exclusively govern land development in the Area, whether inside or outside municipal boundaries, authorize implementing ordinances, provide for removal of lands from the Area, and provide that the charter and implementing ordinances shall prevail over conflicting municipal ordinances?
COUNTY CHARTER AMENDMENT ESTABLISHING ALACHUA COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND
Shall the Alachua County Charter be amended to establish an Alachua County Affordable Housing Trust Fund used to create and sustain affordable housing, which may be funded by fees from new commercial and residential development and other sources, all as directed by the County Commission, and to provide for the purposes, revenue sources, appropriation and expenditure of funds, annual audit, continuing nature, implementation by ordinance, and administration and oversight of the Trust Fund?
COUNTY CHARTER CLEANUP AMENDMENT REMOVING UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS
Shall the Alachua County Charter be amended to remove two unconstitutional provisions, one unconstitutionally prohibiting protections based on sexual orientation, sexual preference, or similar characteristics, and another imposing unconstitutional residency requirements for Alachua County Commission candidate qualifying?
COUNTY CHARTER AMENDMENT CONCERNING CANDIDATE TREASURER REPORT REQUIREMENTS
Shall the Alachua County Charter be amended to remove any requirement that candidates file treasurer reports on paper, while retaining the existing requirement that they must file treasurer reports electronically?