2nd City of Orlando Virginia/Lake Highland Community Meeting Tues. Sept 20 6:30p

District 3 Comm. Robert Stuart, City of Orlando Planning and Transportation stff and Renaissance Planning Group invite the community to continue the conversation about the Virginia/Lake Highland Transportation & Land Use Study.

Please join us to hear an update on the study, including what infomation has been gathered from the community, in addition to data on current transportation infrastructure and parking, current land uses, development patterns and makret conditions in the area. We’ll also start discussions and present ideas based on this information to get your input on specifics like roadway improvements, sidewalk and crosswalk changes, bike routes, redevelopment opportunities and on-street parking changes.

For more information contact Cindy Light at 407-246-3245 or visit cityoforlando.net/virginialakehighlandstudy

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MEETING RE MILLS PARK TRAFFIC ON HAVEN DR: Updated location for General Membership Meeting Tuesday Night

Due to the Mennello not being available, the Neighborhood Meeting will be held at Santiago’s Bodega on Virginia. Thanks to Jason the owner for providing this space.

Please note we will be discussing the issue of Haven access to Mills Park.

Also, due to limited space please rsvp to j.gordon.spears@gmail.com

802 Virginia Dr  Orlando, FL 32803

(407) 412-6979

http://www.santiagosbodega.com/

Mills Park/Traffic control on Haven Drive

We are concerned about the lack of traffic control coming from the Mills Park development, right on Haven and going through the neighborhood and urge you to consider this.

The final Mills Park PD ordinance is here:MillsParkFINALPD_1210221204-201241

As expected, the left-in/right-out requirement is Condition No. C2.

There is also a condition that Haven not be used for commercial deliveries (C3).

I’m not sure how this has been addressed, but it does not seem to have been addressed on the two signs on Virginia directing traffic to Mills Park.

Here are a few talking points for anyone who wants to write a letter to City Staff or our elected officials.

* Minimizing cut-through traffic along South Lake Formosa Drive and Haven has always been one of the major concerns of the Lake Formosa neighborhood regarding Mills Park. Conditions C2, C3, and C25 were included in the PD only because of the concerns and activism of the Lake Formosa neighborhood residents.

* Condition C2 clearly states that the Nebraska & Haven intersection is to provide for right turns into and left turns out of Mills Park onto Haven. Left turns from Haven into Mills Park are prohibited by the conditions of the PD.

 * Signage on Haven was not specifically included as a condition of the PD because Haven is a City of Orlando Right-of-way and lies outside of the PD boundary.

 * The Mills Park developers have complied with the requirements of C2, but the City has failed to provide the signage along Haven to inform motorist that left turns into Mills Park are prohibited.

 * Without a “No Left Turn” sign on haven at the Nebraska intersection the prohibition of left turns into the development is unenforceable.

 * Condition C25 does not preclude proactive measures to ensure compliance with the no left turn into Mills Park condition of C2, rather it provides a mechanism for any future additional mitigative measures should the provisions of C2 prove ineffective at minimizing cut-through traffic on South Lake Formosa.

 * We are aware of the reasons why City planners prefer not to limit access in the existing street grid, however, the Nebraska/Haven intersection was not part of the existing street grid before construction of Mills Park, but rather was added to the street grid as part of the Mills Park development. As such, it requires special measures (Conditions C2, C3 & C25) to avoid impacting traffic flow in the Lake Formosa neighborhood.

 * Our neighbors have carefully weighed the convenience of direct vehicular access to Mills Park and the potential traffic impacts of unfettered access to Haven from Mills Park, and have decided through the resolutions and actions of our Neighborhood Association that the potential harm of cut-through traffic outweighed any potential benefit from unfettered turns at the Haven/Nebraska intersection.

 * The Lake Formosa Neighborhood Association has not mentioned the specific conditions of the Mills Park PD to City officials or staff since the original Mills Park PD was approved because we have relied on the City’s enforcement of the PD to insure that all parties would abide by the specific conditions of the PD. We have considered it as settled business, but we have not lost interest or forgotten our concerns regarding avoiding cut-through traffic in the neighborhood.

 Please feel free to include these points in any letter to City staff or officials.  I hope that if anyone wants to use these talking points that they will paraphrase them to reflect their own views of this issue.

Thanks!

Gordon S., LFNA Neighborhood Advocate, Acting Vice President

Update on Mills & Nebraska

Here is some correspondence Gordon Spears received from the City. Download and view this pdf that references the changes below: Haven sketch-revised 5-30-13

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Hi Gordon,

Just wanted to let you know that the Mills Park developers are working on some revisions to the Haven / Nebraska intersection.  The curb will be extended to clearly prohibit the right turn motion. They are still working with traffic engineering staff to finalize the plan.
Thanks,
Elisabeth Dang, AICP
Chief Planner, Comprehensive Planning Studio

City of Orlando
Economic Development Department, City Planning Division
P.O. Box 4990
400 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida  32802-4990

Phone: 407.246.3408

Traffic Study

•    FDOT methodology has been set up.
•    Gordon Spears to conduct small orientation meeting with volunteers and distribute forms to gather traffic data.
•    Thursday, April 29, 2008 is day selected for survey.
•    Volunteers to cover corners of South Lake Formosa Drive with Dauphin Lane, Ferris Avenue, Asher Street, Baltimore Avenue, New York Avenue, and Philadelphia Avenue.
•    Will track traffic volume, type, and turning movements at these intersections between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

City of Orlando Downtown Transportation Plan

Here is the link to the City of Orlando Downtown Transportation Plan dated 12/11/06.

http://www.cityoforlando.net/planning/Transportation/dto-info.htm

It is a very large document with a lot of very interesting information, maps and diagrams. It makes references to the City’s Alden Road realignment consideration. If you do a search in the .pdf on “Alden” you will find 20 results including this in Section 5, page 46:

Alden Road Corridor

The Alden Road corridor may be the preferable route for transit service from Uptown to the Florida Hospital, Orlando Museum and John Young Science Center. The Alden Road corridor was the recommended corridor for the proposed Light Rail System. This option avoids crossing the CSX rail and runs parallel to CSX to the south and east. This alignment option would also use Weber Street to connect between north-south service on Orange Avenue and Magnolia Avenue, and would require new right-of-way for the alignment to connect to Highland Avenue where Alden Road would be extended to connect with Highland Avenue. Lake Highland Drive would be realigned to form a new intersection with the extended Alden Road. At Virginia Avenue the corridor should consider using Philadelphia Avenue instead of Alden Road in order to provide better separation from the CSX corridor and enable potential transit supportive development between CSX and the circulator alignment. If feasible, this corridor would be preferred to using Orange Avenue in order to avoid traffic disruption along Orange Avenue, impacts to on street parking and delay conflicts at the CSX rail crossings.