Commission approves townhomes, Ravaudage incentives and smoking ban
Packed agenda at final meeting of the year yields policy and project decisions
Dec. 16, 2023
By Beth Kassab
City Commissioners approved a 53-unit project, now including 15 single-family homes and 38 townhomes, in west Winter Park near Winter Park Village.
The project, known as Winter Park Commons, underwent extensive revisions with single-family homes now along the perimeter after residents complained the multi-story complex did not meld with the rest of the neighborhood.
While some residents continued to express skepticism about the development planned for a former church property, Mayor Phil Anderson expressed gratitude for the residents’ participating, saying it “made a difference” and also thanked the developer for being willing to make changes.
Other policy decisions at the Dec. 13 meeting include:
- Commissioners approved an additional $300,000 in reimbursements for road improvements to Ravaudage developer Dan Bellows. After questioning the justification for the incentives and delaying a decision on the matter in November, commissioners said they understood the need for the payment. The 50-acre mixed-use development originally negotiated about $1.2 million in such reimbursements for the city, but came back for more this year because the city annexed additional land related to the project into the city. The reimbursement will be provided through mobility fees paid to the city by businesses building inside the development, a staff memo said.
- Winter Park banned cigarettes and vaping at public park space with Commissioner Kris Cruzada as the lone dissenting vote. Some residents spoke against the policy, calling it government overreach. But commissioners ultimately opted to make Winter Park the latest Florida city to enact such a measure.