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City Commission Work Session Minutes - December 9, 2019 at 2 p.m.


Mayor Steve Leary

Commissioner Greg Seidel

Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel

Commissioner Carolyn Cooper

Commissioner Todd Weaver

City Manager Randy Knight

City Attorney Kurt Ardaman

City Clerk Rene Cranis

Meeting called to order

Mayor Steve Leary called the work session of the Winter Park City Commission to order at 2:00 p.m.

Orange Avenue Overlay (OAO) District

Planning and Community Development Director Bronce Stephenson provided information on the processes that led to the OAO Steering Committee’s final report and draft ordinances for Comprehensive Plan and land development code amendments. The Committee received extensive public input through 19 publicly advertised meetings and a “Walkshop” where participants walked the Orange Avenue district. Staff held separate meetings with homeowners’ associations, property and business owner and city boards and created a dedicated e-mail address. A second Commission work session is scheduled for December 17th. A public information meeting at the Gateway Plaza building is scheduled for December 18th and he will be at the Farmers’ Market on December 21st to answer questions. The first public hearing before the City commission is January 13, 2020 and if approved, will be sent to the State for its review.

Senior Planner Allison McGillis stated the City has ten days after first reading to submit to the State which then has 30 calendar days to review and provide comments. The City then has up to six months to hold second reading.

Commissioner Cooper arrived at 2:16 p.m.

Mr. Stephenson advised that the Steering Committee recommended approval of the OAO District by a vote of 8- 2 and the Planning and Zoning Board unanimously recommended approval. He gave a presentation on the final report providing information on the FAR, maximum height, impervious coverage, setbacks, and residential density in each subarea and additional opportunities, enhancements and entitlement bonuses in specific subareas. (A copy of the report is attached to these minutes.)

Mr. Stephenson reviewed the development enhancement menu, which creates additional rights beyond what property owners currently have but have to be earned rather than simply given. The categories are sustainability, infrastructure and stormwater, arts and culture, parking, miscellaneous (small cell placement, workforce housing), meaningful open space, and connectivity and transportation.

Mr. Stephenson showed renderings of stepbacks from the street for each floor to reduce massing and allow for wider sidewalks.

Mr. Stephenson restated the meetings and steps moving toward the first public hearing before the Commission on January 13, 2020.

The work session adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

View the original PDF at the City of Winter Park.

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