Buck Lake Alliance UPDATE: 10/5/2019
Those who travel on Buck Lake Road or Mahan Drive… You have seen the movement on Camellia Oaks, Retreat on Mahan, Avery Park. Other developments on the eastside:
As many drive Predrick, we can see recent staking and mowing, but I still have not seen the applicant’s responses to the last staff report (July 30th, 2019) that need to be addressed before the County issues an Environmental Management Permit (EMP). The following is the last message I received from the County:
The applicant has resubmitted the site plan and fire flow information in response to conditions of approval issued by the DRC on July 3, 2019. This resubmittal requires staff review.
Staff have until October 16th to complete and upload their reports. I will contact the County to find out the status of the EMP.
Island Wing Company Restaurant
The Moore Bass engineering firm representing the Fallschase Island Wing Company (IWC) restaurant addressed the remaining deficiencies identified by to the Development Support and Environmental Management Development Services (DSEM), i.e., record new easement, provide landscape and photometric plans, and when completed, submit revised architectural renderings of the IWC restaurant building. However, DSEM staff stated after review of the applicant’s response to deficiencies…
Please note the conditions of site plan approval outlined below as well as, those specified in the memorandums of other review staff.
Conditions from Development Services:
Number 4 condition has been a long-standing issue with the owner/developer of the remaining Fallschase commercial property, as well as maintenance within the property and of Fallschase Parkway running behind the CMX Theater. Until the conditions are met, the IWC restaurant is on hold. As stated in the BLA August update, The office/retail phase of the site plans will be delayed until after the restaurant is built. No date has been set for either phase of the IWC site plan.
Fallschase residential (LSP190022 Fallschase Residential Type B- FDPA) had its first of a series of Development Review Committee (DRC) hearings. The applicant was requesting subdividing the Fallschase parcel creating one approx. 20-acre lot and another lot approx. 346 acres. In addition, they are proposing the extension of Fallschase Parkway 900 feet south (behind the CMX Theater and Costco; Acadian and Fallschase Pwy roundabout). Further, a proposal was presented for a master storm-water pond to be located south of the Fallschase Parkway extension to accommodate the future development of a multi-family, approx. 300-unit residential complex (the multi-family complex was not a part of this DRC meeting).
Four Buck Lake community citizens spoke on the following issues:
David McDevitt, DSEM Director commented that this DRC meeting is on subdividing the property, the Fallschase Parkway extension and the master stormwater pond; there are no development plans being proposed at this time. When those plans are presented for review by the DRC, these issues will be more fully discussed.
The decision was made to continue the Fallschase Residential Subdivision Type B Site and Development Plan to the second and final DRC meeting on November 6, 2019 at 10:00am. “Conditional Approval” was granted, with further discussion at the next DRC meeting on the conditions outlined in staff reports. I have attached the DRC Report (September 25th, 2019).
As I mentioned in the previous BLA Update, a Chipotle Restaurant is proposed at the entrance to the Fallchase Village Center on the corner of Mahan and Lagniappe next to McDonalds. The BLA continues to discuss with the developer and architect various designs of the restaurant. Since this building is located at the “gateway” to the Fallschase Village Center, the architectural design will be distinctive to the entrance on Lagniappe and Mahan Drive. As mentioned before, the proposed design will be a full, sit down restaurant with a “Garden Entrance” patio and seating area.
The amendment to the Fallschase/Buck Lake Alliance Agreement that proposes to delete the “national drug store chain” requirement and add wording that allows for an “appropriately designed single owner/tenant retail or other business entity,” was presented to Leon County Board of Commission for one of two reviews. The next review is on November 6th. There were no challenges to the request for the amendment at the first meeting and it is not anticipated there will be any objections in the upcoming meeting.
Developer Buckingham Gates, LLC, and engineering firm Kimley Horn & Associates have applied for an environmental variance to the City for a proposed development in the Cross Creek neighborhood and located off Richardson Road and Apalachee Parkway. It is of particular interest to the Buck Lake Alliance because of the applicant’s request for a variance for impacting 0.5 % of unaltered wetlands and 1.5% of the 50-foot wetland buffer area within the property limits to accommodate 33 units on approx. 4 acres; the disturbances to the unaltered wetlands appear larger than 0.5% in the site plan drawings. The wetlands are part of Cross Creek which flows north to the northwest ditch (behind the CVS Drug Store on Mahan Drive) and then east into Weems Pond (Weems Road) and Upper Lake Lafayette.
The Buckingham Gates’ variance request was scheduled for the City’s Environmental Variance Board on October 8th, but due the application being incomplete, the applicant must resubmit. The variance request is likely to be heard in an upcoming November or early December meeting. Citizens are nevertheless encouraged to attend the October 8 meeting to ask questions and voice concerns (6:30 pm, 1st Floor Growth Management Conference Room, 435 N. Macomb Street). In addition, if you would like to express concerns or ask questions, please forward them to Stephanie Howard, Growth Management Permit Technician assigned to this project (firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 891-7001 x 4).