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.