LAC Property Rankings and Applications

The following chart is designed to assist Land Acquisition Committee (LAC) members in their review of acquisition applications and to determine what ranking might be applied to each project.

The A List is limited to eight (8) projects and is reserved for projects found to be the highest priority of the LAC based on:
  • Comparison to other listed projects based upon the number of objectives the project meets;
  • Availability of matching funds;
  • Urgency of purchase based on imminent threat of loss;
  • The “weight” or significance of the program objectives met; and
  • Other factors deemed appropriate by the LAC.

Once the LAC ranks projects on the A List, the recommendation is then provided to the Board of County Commissioners for acquisition. 

The B List is limited to twenty (20) projects and is reserved for projects that are found to meet, at minimum, three primary ESL project objectives

B List projects are not ranked and are not projects requiring immediate action by the LAC and Board of County Commissioners.


  1. Preserve wildlife habitats and protect the health and diversity of wildlife, especially threatened and endangered species of plants and animals.
  2. Promote improved water quality and protect the Floridian aquifer and preserve water recharge areas.
  3. Preserve rare natural communities and wildlife habitats/ecosystems.
  4. Preserve unique cultural, historic, scenic and significant geologic features.
  5. Promote economic development through the creation of nature tourism property, infrastructure, and opportunities.
  6. Promote appropriate public use and enjoyment of acquired lands including public access to water bodies for recreation activities that are consistent with ESL stewardship principles.


  1. Preserve green space as passive recreation in close proximity to development to provide refuge for residents, visitors, and wildlife, in coordination with the Land Development code and Comprehensive Plan where possible.
  2. Reduce capital acquisition and land management costs by partnering with other agencies.
  3. Enhance existing recreation facilities and natural reserve areas throughout the County by acquiring adjoining properties.
  4. Establish wildlife corridors throughout the county promoting wildlife protection, habitat preservation and migration, in coordination with the Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan where possible.
  5. Establish recreational trail corridors throughout the County promoting alternative transportation modes, nature viewing, and fitness/exercise recreation opportunities.
  6. Restore damaged habitats that can have substantial positive environmental impacts with restoration.  Higher weight will be given if this action can produce a tangible financial return to offset purchase or land management costs.



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