The Time for Public Input is NOW!
We Want a Seat at the TableEditor's Note: Articles written by citizens reflect their own opinions and not the views of the Winter Park Voice.
Guest Columnist Sally Flynn
The city is moving very aggressively on several major projects that have the potential to change the face of our city.
Lawrence Center Garage
First up is the expansion of the Rollins College Lawrence Center at 200 E. New England Ave., with possible city participation in the associated parking garage.
Kimley-Horn Parking Study
Second is a parking study by consultants Kimley-Horn which, if adopted, will change our parking codes to allow construction of larger buildings with less parking.
Mixed Use Development
Third is the development of standards for Mixed Use Development. The city is considering using the Orange Avenue corridor as a “test case” for mixed use, which would involve what’s called Traffic Oriented Density. Developers would be able to build larger buildings with a mix of commercial, residential and office uses. The addition of a new Sunrail stop is contemplated for the area.
We Should Be Talking – Now!
All three subjects should be the subject of intense conversation with Winter Park residents — Right Now.
Ask Yourself This
Has anyone asked you what you think about a six-level garage at the Lawrence Center?
Has anyone asked you what you think about changing our parking code to allow bigger buildings and less parking?
Has anyone asked you to weigh in on using Orange Avenue as a pilot project for mixed use?
Has anyone asked you whether you would prefer instead to see Aloma, West Fairbanks or Lee Road as the pilot project for mixed use master planning?
It’s our money, why aren’t they asking you/me/us?
We Deserve a Seat at the Table
The place to begin is to begin by asking for a seat at the table. Several friends and I will be writing to the commission asking for the opportunity for public input, and for the City to start the discussions over again from the beginning – and this time, they include us.
We invite you to join us by writing to email@example.com and letting them know you want to be included in plans for the future of our city.
Just giving it all away.
Giving it all away.
Is there nothing that I can say,
to make you change your mind?
I’ve watched the boards go round and round
And seen our town turned upside down.
Then some day you’ll be sorry
Some day when we leave
Memories will remind you
Of what our townsfolk used to be.
But late at night when you call our names
The only sound you’ll hear
Is the generic development calling back to you.