Buck Lake Alliance: Eastside Update; August 3rd 2019
Retreat on Mahan, Avery Park, Camellia Oaks, Green Acres and Fletcher Oaks: Aside from Fletcher Oaks and Green Acres, development continues on the other 3 projects. I have not heard much about Green Acres, but I have been following Fletcher Oaks. As these developments go online and contribute to traffic, and most importantly, storm water (Pedrick Pond!), the BLA will continue to be watchful and talk with the County and City when necessary.
Fletcher Oaks On July 8th, the Department of Development Support and Environmental Management Services, Development Review Committee (DRC), granted a preliminary decision to approve the Fletcher Oaks Residential Subdivision “development plan subject to the conditions outlined in the comprehensive review staff report… and the additional conditions included on the record at the meeting.” I have attached the most recent (July 30th, 2019) staff report listing items that need to be addressed to allow for the approval of the Environmental Management Permit (EMP). The list has 32 items. I will continue to follow the review process.
Island Wing Company Restaurant As of August 1st, 2019 the IWC restaurant site plan is still under review due to...
an outstanding stormwater operating permit,
the Environmental Management Permit (EMP) is currently being reviewed and will be approved concurrently with the revised site plan,
a temporary construction easement and,
the need for additional clarification on the phasing of landscaping, grading and geometry plans.
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 The BLA had a meeting with the representative for the residential portion of Fallschase. Before I go into the issues we discussed, a bit of background on the residential element of Fallschase. AIG-Baker, the earlier developer of Fallschase, had a commercial, as well as a residential component to the property. The residential was planned to have approximately 1500 residential sites. In 2009, the property was split and sold as individual pieces, i.e., commercial and residential. The 371 acres of residential laid dormant for a number of years after the split and only recently has come back online with another new owner who wishes to develop the residential property. In the most recent meeting, we discussed the following issues (BLA questions/issues--Residential responses):
Phasing over what period of time? Single family, multi-family. Is multi-family similar to Arbor Crossing or more urban in design? Phase 1:Extension of Fallschase Boulevard into property first and soon, as well as large stormwater pond at the end of the extension; multi-family (approx. 280-300 units on the 24-acre lot, this is compared to Arbor Crossing of 208 units on 13 acres). Style is characterized as “craftsman,” a lot of awnings—3 stories. Single family? Yes, but not sure when, maybe 100 units in Phase 2 per year, depending on market.
Open spaces, public access and possible trail; conservedabout 100 acres currently on the books—shoreline, up the middle along the ravine, along Buck Lake Road (BLR) and the Indian mound
Env. Survey: thoughts about working with existing large trees into site plan; hiring an arborist to determine health of the trees, but are planning to work large trees into multifamily site plan
AIG Baker had a residential design plan, pattern book, does your client have one?; not yet, but are working with “Historical Concepts” in Atlanta
Low Impact Development (LID) practices, large ponds, small ponds, bioswales, rain gardens, permeable pavement, pavers? Yes, they will incorporate LID practices with many large and small ponds, and other strategies—more defined later.
Chipotle Restaurant Chipotle Restaurant is proposed at the entrance to the Fallchase Village Center on the corner of Mahan and Lagniappe next to McDonalds. The BLA has been in discussions with the developer and architect regarding design and orientation of the proposed building. The proposed design will be a full, sit down restaurant with an outdoor patio and seating area. Due to the need for an 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,” the restaurant is on hold until Leon County Board of Commission reviews and approves the amendment. However, we don’t foresee any challenges to the request for the amendment.