Vote NO on extending the Lake Pickett Study Area Boundaries!
Directions: By signing this petition, you are telling the Orange County Mayor & Commissioners that you DO NOT support extending the Lake Pickett Study Area. You are asking them to VOTE NO to staff’s recommendation to add 48 more acres (Byrdley Property) to the Lake Pickett South Community: The Grow. The Grow is approved for 2,000+ homes & commercial space. Staff is recommending adding an additional 48 acres to build 233 more townhomes and 75,000 square feet of commercial feet along Colonial Dr. If approved it will add substantial more homes and commercial to The Grow: Lake Pickett South Community. If the Mayor & Commissioners allow for the proposed rezoning to go from rural to the most intense and dense form of development it will further exacerbate a failing road network, flooding issues within the area, loss of wildlife habitat and natural lands in the Econ River basin, as well as diminish the rural communities that are left.
Any elected official who votes in support of extending the Lake Pickett Study Area is setting a dangerous precedent for the continued expansion of the Lake Pickett Study Area which is surrounded by large land parcels. The Lake Pickett Text Amendment clearly states that it is to include 2 communities not 3 communities. If approved, this is a slap in the face to Orange County residents who disapproved The Grow from the start.
Dear Mayor Demings and Commissioners,
I am writing to request that you deny Amendment 2021-2-B-FLUM-1 scheduled for the September 14, 2021 2:00 PM BCC meeting. The case is in reference to an applicant/agent (VHB, Inc. for Byrdley Realty Co., LP) requesting an amendment of map 22 of the Future Land Use Map Series, Lake Pickett Study Area and Communities, to amend the Lake Pickett Study Area boundary to add the 48.46 acre Parcel 20-22-32-0000-00-038 as part of the Lake Pickett South Community (i.e. The Grow). The project entails 233 townhomes and 75,000 sq. ft. of commercial.
The current property is located in the rural service area. The property has within close proximity three rural settlements. According to Future Land Use Element Goal 6 “…OC will manage land uses within the Rural Service Area,” to protect its assets and values pertaining to agricultural and environmental values. The Byrdley property is proposing a new development. It is not a “hole in the doughnut” or a “missing puzzle piece” to The Grow: Lake Pickett South Community. It is a newly proposed development.
According to the Lake Pickett Text Amendment the Lake Pickett Study Area includes two communities (One to the South: Lake Pickett South: The Grow and one to the North: Lake Pickett North: Sustanee). Thus, Byrdley Realty is a proposing a third community which would require not only an amendment to Map 22 but would also need to comply with FLU6.8.8, FLU6.9.2 and FLU6.9.3 which it does not. The proposed project will also require an amendment to FLU8.14 to increase the density and intensity from 172,000 sq. ft. of non-residential uses and 2,078 residential dwelling units. This is not acceptable to Orange County residents.
Further, the request to add 48.46 acres to the Lake Pickett Study Area sets a precedent for all of the large land parcels surrounding the Lake Pickett South Community to request inclusion. Colonial Drive is an F rated road. Even with the forthcoming 2024/2025 improvements, Hwy 50 will remain an F rated road and that is without considering the 2,000+ units associated with The Grow (LPS).
Orange County communities within the rural service area require protection from our political leaders. Without your protection the residents’ quality of life will be negatively impacted by urban sprawl and the preservation of natural land and rural communities will cease to exist. I am requesting that you vote NO on Amendment 2021-2-B-FLUM-1.
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