Fletcher Oaks Subdivision continuance: ARM continued to may 1st, 2019 @ 2:30
Staff recommendation was to issue a continuance Administrative Review Meeting (ARM). The application review for Fletcher Oaks has been continued to May 1, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.; 435 N. Macomb Street Renaissance Center, 2nd Floor. The deadline for the submittal of revised documents is Wednesday, April 17th at noon.
As stated in an earlier post, the property owner and Golden Oak Land Group, LLC (Ghazvini & Asbury) propose a development of a 99-lot single-family detached residential subdivision on 21.41 acres located at 1417 Pedrick Road. The density would be 4.62 dwelling units/acre. The subject parcel is located within the Residential Preservation (RP) zoning district [Land Development Code (LDC), §10-6.617] and is designated Residential Preservation on the future land use map of the Comprehensive Plan [Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan, Policy 2.2.3].
The staff report briefly outlines findings and conditions, which list a number of deficiencies. The report, (additional staff findings, memorandums and citizen comments) is available from Anna Day (email@example.com) at the Department of Development Support and Environmental Management.
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. Development Services Contact: Anna Day (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (TheRetreat 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 <email@example.com> 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
Good Afternoon… 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:
Going back to CSX regarding upgrading the piping running under the CSX rail line near “Road to the Lake” leading from Alford Arm to Lower Lake Lafayette; County staff will continue reaching out to CSX Railroad and to address the pipe issue.
Discuss with County staff the future plans for managing the Lake Lafayette basin, the northeast ditch and City maintenance of the ditch; County staff will contact City Street and Drainage Maintenance group for address the ditch cleaning and stabilization issue on the south side of Miccosukee Road.
Determining the level of the water table under the Retreat on Mahan retention pond using “sand chimneys” which appear to be going down 65 feet and approaching the water table; To clarify sand wicks for the Retreat at SWMF are not extending 65 feet below ground. The SWMF is being constructed with a floor approximately 9 feet below existing ground with sand wicks extending another 15 feet. The SWMF plan sheet from the permit is attached for your reference. The 65 foot elevation is associated with the relative NAVD88 vertical datum elevation. Numerous soil borings were performed within and around the SWMF footprint. Seasonal High Water Table was conservatively estimated at 19 feet below ground and accounted for in stormwater modeling. Vertical borings were performed up to a depth of 50 feet and did not encounter limestone, potential karst materials or a confining layer. The SWMF will be maintained by the county upon completion of the development. Infiltration is periodically monitored within SWMFs to ensure infiltration is consistent with design rate.
Provide clarity on the “water initiatives” (below) and how they include City involvement; Upcoming County Commission agenda item will lay out efforts to coordinate programs and projects holistically under our regulations. Communication strategies are in development, to include a comprehensive website and informational kiosks at boat landings
A partnership with City and County to address storm water containment and mitigation (possibly a consideration within the “initiatives”); We will look for opportunities to partner with the City.
Get clarity on Pedrick Pond maintenance schedule to address the sediment and percolation rate, and insuring future monitoring of the Pedrick Pond particularly in the interest of the Goose Creek community; Because this is a wet pond, hydraulic dredging needs to be performed to remove the sediments. The funding for hydraulic dredging will be requested through the budget process. County staff will continue monitoring the water stage in Pedrick Pond.
The use of Blueprint 2020 funds to dredge Pedrick Pond sooner rather than later. The funding source for Pedrick Pond dredging is determined by County Administration and OMB. At this time, the water quality improvement portion of the Blueprint 2020 funds has been committed to the sanitary sewer related projects to reduce the nutrient level in compliance with the Wakulla Springs Basin Management Action Plan.
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
Buck Lake Community Development: Retreat on Mahan, Avery Park, Green Acres, Camilla Oaks, Gazvinni 100 units on Pedrick Rd. (Fletcher Oaks), Camellia Oaks on Buck Lake;
Run storm water model based on past 50 years, looking at the “worse” 1964 and 1994 rainfalls; There is no existing Lafayette Drainage Basin-wide stormwater model to run this analysis due to the complex interaction with the St. Marks River. It takes money and time to create this model. There is no schedule for this model development.
How many ponds, retention, detention on new development sites, taken over by the County—operation and maintenance costs—public ponds to assure standards; If this question is about Lafayette Drainage Basin, we will compile the data for your reference.
$80 per year from County residents for stormwater costs—when and who decides to use those funds for Operation/Maintenance? The Division of Operations inspects facilities annually to determine the priority for maintenance of ponds, channels, pipes and ditches.
Pedrick Pond constructed in 2000-2001, has it ever been dredged? It has not been dredged.
How many times, over the past 5 years has Pedrick Pond been pumped? Twice
Water from developments run down hill to Pedrick Pond, Goose Creek, Alford Arm, Lower Lake Lafayette channel to St. Marks Correct
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):
Ensure County’s water quality and storm water regulations, programs and projects are evaluated and implemented holistically to advance the County’s adopted strategic priority: to protect the quality and supply of our water (EN1);
Develop and enhance communications strategies to inform citizens of the County’s overall water quality and stormwater policies, as well as emergent issues impacting individual water bodies or ground water (EN1).
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 Island Wings Company restaurant is the first in the Village Center with some presence that will hopefully encourage others to create vital public setting;
The BLA Board wants a significant public/private presence that is pedestrian friendly and encourages more businesses to design site plans with a prominent outside atmosphere supporting the Village Center concept;
However, due to the increase in square footage, which creates more impermeable surfaces, thereby, increasing wet weather stream flow, the BLA Board strongly encourages the forthcoming IWC site plans to include low impact development (LID) practices, particularly with regard to parking and landscaped areas. Permeable pavement, i.e., porous asphalt, pervious concreate, or pavers, as well as “rain gardens” and/or bioretention ponds or planters should be used in the parking and “take out” pickup areas. Native grasses and vegetation should be used in the IWC restaurant landscaping plan. The BLA Board encourages IWC to consult with a certified landscape architect who understands North Florida native species and growing conditions. 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.