By John Schneider
Special to Treasure Coast Newspapers
MARTIN COUNTY — Martin County will have two community leaders on the executive committee of the Southeast Regional Partnership, which will oversee the development of a comprehensive growth plan for the southeast Florida region.
Over the next two years, Martin County Commissioner Ed Fielding and Susan E. O’Rourke of Susan E. O’Rourke Engineering, Inc. will help the partnership develop the Seven50 plan.
The objective is to provide a blueprint for the future of the region that balances economic, environmental and social demands.
The plan will seek to identify industries and issues that will need to be addressed from the seven member counties over the next 50 years. Areas including the environment, agriculture, education, economic growth, development, community assets and climate change will be addressed. The $4.25 million cost of the Seven50 Plan is being paid by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative.
The Seven50 plan will be created through a series of public summits, workshops, online outreach and studies.
Marcela Cambler-Cotsaimanis, director of the Seven50 plan, said once the plan is completed, it will be submitted to Martin County for review. The county can integrate some or all of the proposals in the Seven50 plan with the Martin County growth plan.
Fielding emphasized this is an opportunity for Martin County to have a say in how the region will develop.
“There are going to be changes in the future,” Fielding said. “(Martin County wants) to participate in the decision making process of the Southeast Regional Partnership. By joining the partnership, we will be able to respond to and guide the process of putting the plan together.”