Fletcher Oaks Subdivision: Leon County Application Review Meeting--April 3, 2019
Leon County Department of Development Support and Environmental Management has scheduled an "application review meeting" for Fletcher Oaks Subdivision Type “B” Concept Plan Approval (CPA) Track on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 1:30. The meeting will be at the Renaissance Center--2nd floor conference room at 435 N. Macomb St.
The application proposes to develop a 21.41 +/- acre parcel as a 99-lot single-family detached subdivision. The project will be reviewed through the Type “B” Concept Plan Approval (CPA) Track which requires a conceptual Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) to be reviewed concurrently with the site plan. Subsequent to site plan and EIA approval, an Environmental Management Permit (EMP) is required prior to any development occurring on the property.
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March 4th meeting with the county
Mr. Outland, Taylor, Ryan and myself met with Mr. Charles Wu P.E., Director of Engineering Services, Leon County Public Works and two of his staff (Ms. Theresa Heiker, Mr. Charlie Schwartz) regarding issues or questions we had about the developments on the east side (The Retreat on Mahan, Avery Park, Green Acres and Fletcher Oaks, as well as the Camellia Oaks on Buck Lake). The primary purpose was to address community concern regarding additional storm water, possible future flooding and Pedrick Pond as a result of numerous high density developments. Below are the meeting issues, questions, and responses from Mr. Wu (in blue).
From: Gerry Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, March 4, 2019 9:02 PM
To: Charles Wu <WuC@leoncountyfl.gov>
Subject: County Storm Water Meeting: Charles Wu, Theresa Heiker, Charlie Schwartz, John Outland, Terry Ryan, Jim Taylor-March 4th @ 2:00; 2208 Miccosukee
First, I would like to thank you for the time you spent with us to discuss the recent developments in the Buck Lake community and Pedrick Pond. As we were tying up the meeting, Mr. Wu mentioned a couple of things that might be worked on over the next couple of weeks and I’ve included a few matters we would like you to consider:
The most important issue the Buck Lake community is concerned with is the County’s responsibility of the maintenance and dredging of Pedrick Pond, chiefly in anticipation of the new developments going online in the very near future. The Buck Lake Alliance (BLA) would like to remove some of the pressure your office is feeling from those concerned over the flooding of Pedrick Pond. If you could please provide us the scheduled, or anticipated, date of maintenance on Pedrick Pond we will be happy to share the news with our members and neighbors. Please do not hesitate to contact me as additional opportunities appear for BLA to support your efforts moving forward. Again, thank you for meeting with us and listening to our concerns.
Gerry Miller, President
The Buck Lake Alliance
ISSUES/QUESTIONS GOING INTO THE MEETING
Adopted by the Leon County Commission 1-22-19:
Strategic Initiatives to advance adopted Strategic Plan Priority (EN1 – Protect the Quality and Supply of our Water):
The following e-mail was sent (2/16/2019) to the City and County inquiring about the HUGE new storm water pipes being staged up for installation as a part of the new development site west of the Morningside Church.
As many on this e-mail know, the eastside has been experiencing a lot of water—long-standing water—in our neighborhoods and parks; Pedrick Pond is still over the bridge. Many of us understand that this year has been a “high-water” year, one of the top ten rainiest years. However, as we experience these “high-water” years and flooding, we are hopeful that the City and the County are working to mitigate increased wet weather stream flow, flooding and long-standing water. Many of us strongly believe that these occurrences of heavy rain falls and increased stream flow will likely intensify.
With that said, please understand why people on the east side are curious about the VERY large storm water pipes being staged up for installation—asking “where is the water from these new storm water pipes going?” I would be very interested in reviewing the site plans, i.e., retention ponds and storm water flow, for the new development west of Morningside Church.
Thank you, Gerry Miller
Buck lake alliance works with IWC and leon County on fallschase restaurant site plan
The Buck Lake Alliance (BLA) met with IWC representatives and the Leon County Department of Development Support & Environmental Mgt. to discuss the proposed Island Wing Restaurant in the Fallschase Village Center. At that time, IWC presented a draft site plan for the restaurant. As a result of that discussion, a number of significant issues were raised, particularly the size of the restaurant (proposed 11,427 square feet) and the parking lot design. Suggestions for addressing the size of the restaurant (overage of 1,427 sq. ft.) and redesigning the parking lot to be more environmental friendly were presented. Other issues were also discussed, e.g., on-street parking, landscaping, the exterior architectural design, addition space between the street and the front of the restaurant.
The architect for the Island Wing Company, BKJ, Architecture, Inc. reduced the size of the restaurant by 684 sq. ft., redesigned the parking area, as well as agreeing to hire a professional landscaper to identify native plants of North Florida.
The BLA Board approved the total Island Wings Company restaurant of 10,744 square feet—inside and outside space for the following reasons:
The BLA will be reviewing the revised IWC restaurant site plans, attending the upcoming Development Review Committee meetings and providing additional feedback on the revised site plans.
As we head into the new year, I’d like to update you on a few projects in the Buck Lake Community and invite you to check out the BLA’s NEW website!
CMX Theater. We all have now seen the CMX Theater up and running for a few months with the marquee lights flashing different colors. The theater seems to be enjoying good attendance, and people seem generally happy with the newest addition to the Fallschase Village Center.
A new restaurant! Island Wings Restaurant will be built on a parcel south of the Live Oak on the roundabout leading into Fallschase. The first of three County meetings (pre-submittal) was held on Wednesday, January 16th to discuss site location/orientation, size and architectural design. Two more Development Review Committee (DRC) meetings (Development Support and Environmental Management Office) will be scheduled in the near future for further review of the Island Wings Restaurant development. No completion date was discussed.
New residential development. Camellia Oaks Phase I on the north shore of Buck Lake was approved on December 19th, 2018 with conditions. As I have mentioned in the past, the development consists of 67 residential units (49 single-family/18 duplexes). The units will sit on approximately 31.5 acres within the residential preservation (RP) zone. Again, dates of construction and completion were not mentioned.
Stormwater and sewage spills. The Buck Lake Alliance sent a letter (December 4th) to Mayor Dailey and City Commissioners regarding excessive stormwater and recent sewage spills. The purpose of the letter was to alert them to amount of “untreated stormwater” being released into City and County neighborhoods and public areas. Much of this standing water remains in these neighborhoods, because it is unable to quickly run out of the Lake Lafayette basin, Upper Lake Lafayette and Alford Arm. In addition to the letter (posted on the BLA website: http://www.bucklakealliance.org/), the BLA has been taking County Commissioners out on field trips to the areas to have them see, first hand, the water and discuss water management and water quality. The field trips begin at Weems Road bridge and continue along Arcadian behind Walmart and Costco, eastward along Buck Lake Road to see the Buck Lake closed basin, Upper Lake Lafayette, Fallschase residential and further east to Goose Creek and Predrick Pond near the library. More field trips are scheduled with a few more commissioners. Lastly, I met with Mayor Dailey to discuss the communities concerns about water management and quality.
Weems Road P.A.S.S project. The Weems Road P.A.S.S project will go out to bid now that the BLA has reviewed the plans and provided the City with suggested revisions. Revisions include, for example,
Conservation easements. Fallschase residential owners have conserved 81+ acres, primarily along the Upper Lake Lafayette northern shoreline, and near the eastern ravine. Although the Buck Lake Alliance and other community members worked diligently to conserve the entire 373 acres, that simply was not possible. However, we are encouraged that 81+ acres have been conserved, and we will be watching for any opportunity to encourage more preservation of the natural beauty of the Fallschase area. Residential site development is a few months off, but as the site plans are made available, the BLA will make those available for community review.
If you read something in error, or have questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.
Gerry Miller, President
The Buck Lake Alliance
Promoting preservation, wise use of natural resources, green space,
parks and RESPONSIBLE growth management.