ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Nearly 500 residents of the Lake Pickett community in East Orlando showed up at a public town hall meeting to oppose the $1 Billion “Agrihood” Development proposal that will come before the Board of County Commissioners for approval. The event was held at the River Run Christian Church in East Orlando, Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm.
The town hall meeting was organized by a community group called Save Orange County. According to the group’s website its mission is to impact policies and political actions affecting zoning and development for the preservation and betterment of Orange County.
The problem started when the landowners of the property to the south and north of Lake Pickett Road and west of 419 came together as a group and applied to have the Comprehensive Plan for Orange County changed and a new zoning designation that would encompass all of Orange County, according to Save Orange County. This designation is known as Rural Transition (RT) and would allow this land and for that matter any land that fits the requirements to be re-zoned to 2.6 units per acre. The current zoning for this land is mostly one unit per 10 acres.
Two adjacent developments, Lake Pickett North and Lake Pickett South, are planning to hold 4,661 homes to be built on 2,673 acres of land. The land is divided by Lake Pickett Road and bordered by Tanner Road, East Colonial Drive, Chuluota Road and the southern Seminole County line.
Chairman of Save East Orange, Steve Micciche, said the project will bring unwanted change and traffic to the rural area east of the Econlockhatchee River. “This development certainly would affect UCF,” Micciche said. “The spiral of traffic would impact anybody traversing the secondary and main artery roads, at least from east of the Econ River.”
Lake Pickett residents lined up to express their concerns, including Daisy Morales the elected Florida Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor who represent all of Orange County. She is also a current resident and homeowner in the Lake Pickett community for over 25 years. Morales expressed her concerns about the impact the proposed development would have on the environment, property taxes, traffic, crime and living condition in her community.
Save Orange County officials asked Lake Pickett residents to show-up in large numbers for the Commission’s chamber meeting on July 28, 2015.
There are three meetings Orange County Government will hold to consider the developers’ application: July 18, at 9:00 a.m., July 28, at 2:00 p.m. and October 15 at 9:00 a.m.
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