VIRGINIA/LAKE HIGHLAND TRANSPORTATION & LAND USE STUDY STRATEGIC PLAN DRAFT REPORT – JANUARY 16, 2017

From LIGHT, CINDY B. (cindy.light@cityoforlando.net)
 The City’s consultant has prepared a draft report based on the results of three public meetings held in fall 2016.  The study will be presented at the City’s Municipal Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at 8:30 a.m. in Council Chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall.  You are invited to attend.

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please email your comments to Elisabeth Dang at elisabeth.dang@cityoforlando.net.

To review the study, please go to our website:  http://www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/plans-and-studies/virginialake-highland-transportation-land-use-study/

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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

https://www.facebook.com/events/602851123220423/

 

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City of Orlando Virginia/Lake Highland Transportation & Land Use Study Community Kick Off Meeting AUGUST 1

Public input forum
Presentation of plan recommendations
http://www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/plans-and-studies/virginialake-highland-transportation-land-use-study/

Monday, August 1 at 6:30 PM

Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803

Transportation Committee Meeting 6/14 & more

EVENTS REMINDER!
1. Transportation Committee Meeting – Tuesday June 14th @ 7pm.
Details here: LFNA – TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING

2. Virginia Dr. LIVE – Saturday June 18th.
Ivanhoe Village

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Lake Formosa Neighborhood Association General Membership Meeting – TONIGHT April 19th @ 7pm – 8pm

Photo from Michael Rizzo

Greetings Lake Formosa Residents.

Our next association meeting is this Tuesday! Here’s our agenda for discussion:

1.) The latest from the city regarding parking and traffic on Haven Dr. and cut-through traffic from Mills Park – and what residents can do if they are unhappy about the 2 hour parking restriction.

2.) The city’s upcoming Comprehensive Planning Study and the formation of a residential traffic committee to offer solutions to city planners and better position the neighborhood for the future impact of new development.

3.) It’s also time for our annual elections. If you’re interested in getting more involved and helping our organization have a stronger voice, now is a great time to join our board. It’s also the time we ask members of the association to pay their annual dues. Membership is open to any resident – dues are $10 per household.

4.) Open discussion on any additional items. Please let me know if you have an item for discussion and I’ll include it on our agenda that evening.

Additionally – As you know, our meetings are hardly formal. And while I appreciate the casual feel we have, I feel the meetings would benefit from a bit more structure. Considering this, I’d like to start by setting a predetermined time limit for this meeting to 1 hour. Attendees will appreciate knowing when to expect to leave and not feel awkward getting up if they need to go while someone is speaking.
Of course, we can still gather and talk individually after the meeting if needed. Sometimes that’s the best part!
I hope you’ll plan to attend.

Best,
Michael Rizzo
President – Lake Formosa Neighborhood Association

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