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The Orlando Naval Training Center is to be a new collection of neighborhoods. This large, mixed-use development will be integrated into the city’s landscape and urban pattern and will respect the development traditions of Orlando. The landscape of round lakes, wetland plantings, extensive park systems, and well designed streets will create a framework for guiding new residential, office, and retail development. Read a complete history of the site(PDF, 295KB).

Specific urban design objectives have been based upon principles related to: the environment, transportation, and the development pattern as well as earlier goals set by the City of Orlando during their Vision Plan process.

This volume describes the Orlando Naval Training Center plan, its program, character, specific land uses, the elements of the plan and recommends revisions to some of the design guidelines. It begins with a summary of the land use and development program. The urban design framework, upon which the overall plan is based, is then described.

Supporting Documents

Cleaning up and reinvesting in Brownfield properties facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, increases local tax bases, removes development pressures on undeveloped open land as well as both improving and protecting the environment. The Orlando Economic Enhancement District Program (OEED) is a State of Florida economic development tool encouraging redevelopment of properties by businesses and property owners. OEED is a brownfield designation and includes sites that have the perception of contamination or blight.

In 2012, the City of Orlando was selected to receive $400,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grants program to assist the City of Orlando’s Brownfields Program. In 2013, the City received a $200,000 Cleanup Grant to further assist the City with achieving its Brownfield redevelopment vision.

EPA's Brownfield Program

EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.

Brownfield Sites

  • Former Spellman Engineering
  • Steel House Brownfield Site
  • Creative Digital Village
  • 400 North Orange, LLC / Central Station Site
  • Soccer Stadium
  • Orlando Events Center
  • Future Dr. Phillips Orlando Performance Arts Center
  • Rio Grande Acquisition Property
  • Southside Shoppes
  • Circle C Cars
  • Orlando Drum Co.
  • Former Chevron Brownfield Site

Brownfields Information

What are brownfields?

Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Often the potential liability associated with contamination complicates business development, property transactions, or expansion on these properties.

Almost every city and county, in both rural and urban areas, has brownfields properties. Cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields properties is necessary to preserve neighborhoods, reduce urban sprawl, and stop the continued development of new industrial and commercial facilities. By investigating and cleaning up a brownfields property and taking care of the site’s potential health or environmental risks, communities can use local land again – producing jobs, increasing the tax base, or adding other benefits such as creating a park or residential area.

The Orlando Economic Enhancement District Program (OEED) is a State of Florida economic development tool encouraging redevelopment of properties by businesses and property owners. OEED is a brownfield designation and includes sites that have the perception of contamination or blight. View/download map of Downtown Economic Enhancement District (OEED).

Incentives

  • Job creation bonus refund of up to $2,500 per job for QTI applicants
  • Tax credit of 35 percent on voluntary cleanup costs (10 percent additional credit during the final year of cleanup)
  • Low-interest loans for the purchase of liens, tax certificates or other claims
  • Risk-Based Corrective Action principles
  • Sales tax credit on building materials used for the construction of a residential or mixed use redevelopment project
  • Up to five years of state loan guarantees of loan loss reserves
  • Grants/loans available for cleanup

Criteria

  • The applicant must be located within the Orlando Economic Enhancement District boundary area
  • The applicant must not be responsible for the contamination or blight
  • The applicant must be expanding or redeveloping property 

Resources

Helpful information about redevelopment of Brownfield sites in your community.

Federal Level resources:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Brownfield Association (NBA)

State Level Resources

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Brownfields Association (FBA)

Contact

For more information, call Mary Stewart Droege at 407.246.3276.

Documents

Orlando’s comprehensive plan is called the Growth Management Plan. It describes the city’s vision for the future and translates that vision into policies, programs and public investments.

The policy document is adopted by City Council. Changes to the document must be submitted to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for approval. The support document provides data and analysis for reference purposes.

Policy Documents

Support Documents

GMP Amendment Process

All new development must be consistent with the goals, objectives, policies and maps in the GMP policy document. If a development proposal is not consistent, a GMP amendment may be required. Applicants wishing to request a GMP amendment should contact the Planning Division at 407.246.2269 or cityplanning@orlando.gov to schedule a pre-application meeting.

Most GMP amendments for projects less than 10 acres in size are small scale amendments. All other projects are large scale amendments. Please check with staff to determine if a project is large scale or small scale. A general schedule of the review process is provided below.

GMP Growth Projections

In order to estimate demand for services, the City projects population, employment, and land-use growth through the year 2045.

GMP Indicators

Each year, the city evaluates progress toward reaching the goals of the GMP by preparing an indicators report.

Project Summary

The East Colonial Drive corridor between Bumby Avenue and Semoran Boulevard today consists of a patchwork of various sized strip commercial uses which create difficulty in assembly for
redevelopment. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) controls a large number of City-owned properties along the corridor, and relies on the lease income from these properties
to support the Executive Airport’s operations.

The corridor is experiencing a decrease of business and economic activity related to the recession, coupled with a building stock that is nearing the end of its life cycle. At the same
time, the amount of land zoned for commercial development is much more than can be supported by the population it serves. The result has been a succession of commercial redevelopments that cannibalize existing building sites without expanding the economic base of either the airport or the larger corridor.

However, this downward trend can be reversed by refocusing development towards a diversity of options that have been previously overlooked. These new options include housing, lodging,
office and other uses that would expand the market for commercial activities, while lessening the oversupply of retail uses on the corridor. A long-term strategy for creating a more
customer-friendly “town center” supported by a more inter-connected street network and transit system will go hand-in-hand with this new vision.

As new development occurs, short-range and long-range infrastructure improvements must be coordinated so as not to preclude future investment. A more attractive Colonial Drive street
right-of-way, a new roadway along the Fairgreen corridor to increase traffic capacity, a definable block system, and future transit readiness are all important considerations to allowing
a diversity of development and increased densities and intensities in the long-term.

Colonial Town Center is strategically located between Downtown Orlando, Winter Park and the University of Central Florida. The redevelopment that has already occurred at Baldwin Park
during the past decade shows the viability of refocusing redevelopment towards a diversity of options. The Colonial Drive corridor can be positioned to support a greater mix of uses that
place residents closer to the wide variety of services that this area already offers.

This vision plan engages major property owners, including GOAA, and the community on fulfilling a coordinated strategy that ultimately will add to the economic vibrancy of the
corridor.

Issues

As a result of economic stress related to the recent economic recession, and an aging building stock, some businesses have either moved to new locations in the corridor or
are considering doing so, leaving behind vacant, difficult-to-lease structures and parcels.

Many older outmoded building sites may only be suitable for a limited range of (often marginal) uses. Redesigning or assembling these sites for redevelopment may be even
more difficult than re-using the buildings themselves – except on the GOAA property(see below). Some of these outmoded building sites are in the unincorporated county,
but within the study area boundary.

The GOAA parcels represent a major opportunity, because it may be possible to change their shapes, sizes and depths to set the stage for redevelopment, consistent with the
OEA Airport Layout Plan (ALP) and FAA regulations.

What are the most constrained privately-owned parcels? Is there anything that can be done to reduce these constraints to encourage redevelopment – rezoning, ROW
abandonments, strategic purchases for consolidation, etc.?

As parcels are assembled for redevelopment, can a logical block structure be established to define the town center?
Colonial Drive is a constrained 6-lane arterial roadway that cannot be widened (nor is widening particularly desirable even if it were possible). Options to improve the
functioning of the network include new roadway connections such as a potential Andes Avenue extension and a re-alignment and extension of Fairgreen Street.

Transit alternatives such as Bus Rapid Transit or Streetcars may also be considered. Increasing the transit capacity of Colonial Drive may require exclusive transit lanes.
Fairgreen Street is important to think about in this context – should Fairgreen be a 4-lane road (Bumby to Andes) in order to make Colonial a transit-ready corridor?

While a higher intensity mixed-use “town center” is the long-term goal, a more achievable objective for the next decade will be a greater horizontal mixture of uses within the corridor. Parcel assembly requirements for transit-supportive land uses need to be looked at carefully – i.e. to target redevelopment opportunities.

City Objectives

  • To reach consensus with GOAA and other major property owners on an overall economic development, planning and transportation strategy for the Colonial Drive corridor, with particular emphasis on the area between Bumby Avenue and Semoran Boulevard.
  • To expand revenue opportunities for property owners and create a synergy that will increase property values within the corridor.
  • To envision how future redevelopment of and new uses for major parcels such as Fashion Square, Koger Center, Colonial Plaza, Best Buy etc. can transform the Colonial Drive corridor – its urban form, land use, transportation, and regional economic role.
  • With these major parcels in mind, how do the smaller parcels along the corridor fit in and how does the corridor itself fit into its surroundings?
  • To update Orlando Executive Airport’s commercial development planning, with particular attention to properties fronting on Colonial Drive and Maguire Boulevard, and
    secondarily the southeast quadrant of the airport.
  • To identify and reach consensus on near-term, mid-range, and long-range transportation improvements including:
    • Intersection design for Colonial Drive/Old Cheney Highway and Andes/Fairgreen.
    • Fairgreen Street alignment and extension via Concord & Amelia.
    • Re-alignment of Rickenbacher Drive and Concord Street.
    • Andes Avenue extension, and coordination with OOCEA.
    • Transit alternatives (BRT, Light Rail, Streetcars, etc.).
    • Herndon / McCullough Ave. & Lawton Ave. realignments
    • Relocation of the Colonial Dr. main mall entrance to Fashion Square.
    • Bike paths – Cady Way extension via Area “C”, & loop around the Town Center.
    • Expansion of Calvin Street R-O-W as part of imminent redevelopment projects.
  • One or more agreements between the City and GOAA regarding transportation improvements (to be negotiated based on results/findings of the planning study).
  • By accomplishing these objectives, the City and GOAA will be able to make informed decisions pertaining to leasing and re-development opportunities for their properties
    along the corridor. Other major property owners would also benefit from such an area-wide planning effort.

The City of Orlando’s Community Planning Studio has teamed with the Edgewater Drive Vision Task Force to shape a vision for the Edgewater Drive corridor in Downtown College Park. The Task Force was appointed by Mayor Buddy Dyer in consultation with District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart. The Task Force held meetings twice a month open to the public and sponsored several workshops, including a “walkabout” in early December 2007.

The work of the Task Force is an outgrowth of the Neighborhood Horizon 2000 Plan for College Park. The Horizon Plan identified the need to prepare an urban design plan for the Edgewater Drive corridor and set in motion incremental changes and policies to improve the area. The focus of the Task Force has been to develop appropriate guidelines for private development and public improvements in the corridor. The guidelines are meant to promote better decisions regarding master plans, conditional use permits, planned developments, re-zonings, and density/intensity bonuses. These guidelines will also help minimize commercial intrusion into surrounding neighborhoods.

In addition to the guidelines in this document, Growth Management Plan subarea policy changes and Land Development Code amendments are proposed. It is hoped that this work will result in greater predictability for both residents and future developers alike by establishing regulatory authority over all future development proposals.

The City of Orlando teamed with Canin Associates and community stakeholders to shape a vision for the Mercy Drive corridor. The vision plan encompasses the non-residential uses and the neighborhoods surrounding the Mercy Drive corridor, including the multi-family properties along Mercy Drive and the Lake Lawne and Parkview single family residential neighborhoods.

The planning process included extensive community outreach and the identification and inclusion of multiple stakeholders that represent the broad interests of the community (resident, business, education, health, faith, cultural, and community services, etc.). There were public outreach meetings at the beginning, middle and end of the process.

The City of Orlando recognizes the importance of strong neighborhoods and local business districts in enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Orlando. Neighborhood commercial districts can provide services to residents close to their homes, create jobs, bolster the sense of place in a community, and promote green initiatives and sustainability goals by reducing the amount of time residents need to spend in their cars.

Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Strengthen Orlando initiative and the City’s Main Street programs have helped enhance neighborhood commercial districts like South Orange Avenue and Michigan Street. However, bolstering neighborhood commercial districts has made these areas even more attractive to developers looking to build infill projects.

While investment in the local business districts of Orlando is desirable, existing zoning rules are often more applicable to greenfield development and lack the special considerations for appropriate transitions and urban form necessary to sustain the desirable characteristics of traditional Main Street areas. With this understanding, Mayor Buddy Dyer in consultation with District 1 Commissioner Phil Diamond and District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan appointed a citizen task force to partner with the City of Orlando’s Community Planning Studio to shape a vision for the South Orange Avenue and Michigan Street corridors in the Downtown South Main Street area. The Task Force held public meetings once a month and sponsored several workshops, including a “walkabout” activity in early November 2009 to evaluate existing conditions in the study area.

The work of the Task Force considered the need for compatible infill development standards along the corridor as well as the continued expansion of the Orlando Health campus, the future implementation of a Commuter Rail stop on Sligh Boulevard, and the designation of South Orange Avenue and Michigan Street as a Main Street district. The focus of the Task Force has been to develop appropriate guidelines for private development along the corridor. The guidelines are meant to promote better decisions regarding master plans, conditional use permits, planned developments, re-zonings, and density/intensity bonuses. These guidelines will also help minimize commercial intrusion into surrounding neighborhoods, while promoting creative site planning and redevelopment.

In addition to the guidelines in this document, Growth Management Plan and Land Development Code amendments are also proposed. It is hoped that this work will result in greater predictability for both residents and future developers alike by establishing regulatory authority over all future development proposals.

The Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan was developed as part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), on behalf of 26 partners that comprise the East Central Florida Sustainable Communities Consortium, was awarded $2.4 million from HUD to plan for sustainable, transit-oriented development around SunRail station locations. The majority of the grant funds were passed directly to local governments with special emphasis on promoting sustainable and inclusive growth, particularly in minority and/or low-income neighborhoods adjacent to several of the SunRail stations. The overall process has been branded “Enhance Central Florida”.

The Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan (the Plan) focuses on creating a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community that prepares for the future while preserving, enhancing, and celebrating the culture and heritage of Parramore.  The Plan is an integral component of the Project DTO – Advancing Downtown Orlando initiative, and is also an important continuation and further refinement of the Pathways for Parramore initiative.

Ten Healthy Community Design Principles

Through numerous community forums and extensive public engagement, the following Ten Healthy Community Design Principles were established and endorsed:
  1. Drive Economic Development by Creating a Unique Identity
  2. Improve Access to Job Opportunities
  3. Promote Social & Environmental Justice
  4. Increase Housing Opportunities
  5. Make Education the Cornerstone of Revitalization
  6. Empower Champions for a Healthy Community
  7. Promote Access to Healthy Food
  8. Invest in People, not Cars
  9. Maximize the Opportunity for All Residents to get Physical Activity
  10. Encourage Mixed Use Development

The Plan contains the community’s vision for their neighborhoods based on the above-mentioned Healthy Community Design principles, and provides strategies along with short, mid– and long–term action items for improving economic and job growth, community health, transportation options, housing, education and infill development. These strategies and action items are described in full detail in the Executive Summary and Action Plan.

Awards

The Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan has won the following prestigious awards:

  • American Planning Association (APA) – Florida Chapter Award of Excellence in the Neighborhood Planning category (presented in September 2015)
  • Florida Redevelopment Association Roy Kenzie Award for “Planning Studies” (presented in October 2015)
  • International Development Association (IDA) Downtown Achievement Awards – Certificate of Merit in the “Planning” category (presented in October 2017)

Disclaimer

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under an award with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the government.

Supporting Documents

Below, find a series of documents showing the details of the Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan:

South Downtown is envisioned to be a vibrant, recognizable, mixed-use, multi-modal neighborhood that thrives on the synergies afforded by the Orlando Health Medical Campus. Momentum continues to build with the development of several key projects, including the newly completed Heart Hospital as a replacement of the ORMC General Adult Hospital. These investments total over $1 billion dollars and generate up to 16,000 high-paying jobs. The Sodo mixed-use project brings new retail and restaurants along with more than 300 multi-family apartments. SunRail, the new regional commuter rail system with a stop at the existing Amtrak/Orlando Health station signifies the beginning of a multi-modal hub. Recently, the Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District has come into existence to coordinate public improvements to the area.

Today, South Downtown struggles with the influence of indigents, lack of affordable workforce housing, disconnected street network, overcrowded arterial roadways and parcel fragmentation. Nevertheless, the area is well positioned for redevelopment. Underutilized Industrial land will face extreme development pressure as the years go by, leading to unpredictability for what the future will bring.

This South Downtown Vision Plan and associated modifications to the City of Orlando Growth Management Plan (GMP) provide a vision and framework for responding to development proposals.

Together, they allow the flexibility needed to respond more readily to a market conditions. This new found predictability is the foundation for enabling change within South Downtown and is meant to:

  • Accommodate future development within the Orlando Health campus;
  • Accommodate new medical office, retail and residential development outside the Orlando Health campus;
  • Encourage mixed-use development in proximity to the proposed commuter rail station;
  • Support redevelopment and intensification of industrial areas along I-4; and
  • Protect existing property rights, so existing businesses can continue to flourish.

This Plan also explores the type and amount of development that could be constructed today without changes to existing regulations, includes a market study to project the absorption of uses over the next 20 years, and identifies the transportation and infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate new development.

South Downtown offers an opportunity to create a signature place in the City where great medicine is practiced in an active and diverse environment. Improved healthcare service, economic development and the creation of an interesting place to live and work can all come together in South Downtown.

The Southeast Orlando Sector Plan is one of the largest urban planning and development projects ever undertaken by the City of Orlando. The area covered by the plan consists of more than 19,300 acres located east of the Orlando International Airport. The plan area includes Lake Nona, Medical City, East Park, and other neighborhoods.

The Southeast Town Design Review Committee (SETDRC) is a City board made up of representatives from various City departments. The committee meets monthly (or as needed) to review development proposals within the Southeast Orlando Sector Plan. The minutes of each SETDRC meeting are sent to City Council for final approval.

Meetings

The SETDRC meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. in City Hall. The meeting schedule is subject to change, and additional meetings may be added as necessary.

Agendas & Minutes

2019

2018

2017

 

Available Documents

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