Welaunee Comprehensive Plan Amendment Generates Debate About Growth – Tallahassee Reports

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A vote scheduled for Could 26 will determine what future development will appear like in Leon County for the subsequent 20-30 years. The vote – which can amend the Comprehensive Plan – had been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, on the finish of the final Leon County Fee assembly, Chairman Bryan Desloge made a movement to maneuver the vote to Could 26th.

The movement handed 4-Three with assist from Commissioners Desloge, Mary Ann Lindley, Jimbo Jackson and Nick Maddox. Commissioners Dozier, Rick Minor and Invoice Proctor voted in opposition to the change.

The Comprehensive Plan amendments, which should be accredited by town and county, are actually scheduled to be taken up on the Joint County / Metropolis Transmittal Listening to on Tuesday, Could 26 at 6:00 pm.

At situation are amendments that can accommodate future improvement within the Welaunee Plantation outdoors of I-10 in an space known as the “Welaunee Arch.”

The “Welaunee Arch” is a part of the Welaunee Important Space Plan which was adopted into the Comprehensive Plan in 2002 and annexed into the Metropolis 30 years in the past. The parts of the “Welaunee Arch” outdoors of the City Companies Space (USA) are the one privately-owned lands throughout the Metropolis limits not positioned throughout the USA.

One modification will change the designation of two,810 acres within the “Welaunee Arch” from rural to deliberate improvement. This may enable for industrial improvement and residential density of as much as 20 models per acre.

A second modification will prolong the City Companies Space (USA) to incorporate the “Welaunee Arch.” The USA consists of the undeveloped areas within the Metropolis and the County that may count on the supply of city infrastructure and companies, reminiscent of roads, mass transit, stormwater services, sanitary sewer, strong waste, and parks.

The intent of the City Service Space is to 1) promote environment friendly and compact city development; 2) shield the agricultural character of these areas outdoors the USA from incompatible makes use of and densities; 3) guarantee that native authorities can afford to supply wanted city companies; and 4) be sure that areas designated for city improvement should not “under-utilized.”

The Debate

Advocates view the adjustments as good planning for future development. These in opposition to the amendments cite issues about prices and financial segregation.

Gary Okay. Hunter, a land use lawyer with Hopping Inexperienced & Sams who represents the landowners, says the plan addresses future environmental issues and meets future wants for site visitors, housing, and colleges.

In a letter to Leon County Commissioners, Hunter said that there “has been greater than sufficient misinformation circulating across the proposed complete plan amendments for the ‘Welaunee Arch.’”

Hunter said that the homeowners of the property have requested for nothing apart from that the lands be correctly deliberate for a future imaginative and prescient. And regardless of assumptions in any other case, they don’t seem to be builders and have had no conversations with builders about future improvement of the Arch.

These in opposition to the amendments, just like the environmental group Preserve it Rural, argue the transfer is a “sweetheart deal” struck between the Metropolis of Tallahassee and the land homeowners and can value the taxpayers $87 million.

In a doc distributed by “Preserve it Rural”, the group argues that taxpayers are overpaying for the extension of Welaunee Blvd. and for the precise of means for the street.

Additionally they state that the projected inhabitants development in Leon County over the subsequent 25 years doesn’t assist the necessity for extra improvement. They notice that over 3,000 acres of Welaunee is already throughout the USA, together with the entire land wanted for the deliberate street extensions to Roberts Street and Shamrock, so there’s loads of room to construct.

A bunch known as the Alliance of Tallahassee Neighborhoods, which lists former Tallahassee Metropolis Commissioner Debbie Lightsey as a member, states ready paper, that the “Welaunee amendments symbolize an enormous step within the flawed course. Their excessive public infrastructure prices, automobile-dependency, and expensive housing proceed the established order clustering of reasonable and excessive revenue residents within the northeast.”

Ultimately, the talk is the standard argument between pro-growth advocates and people who need a extra progressive method to improvement.

Advocates say the event has been vetted over the past 30 years. These in opposition to the amendments are elevating issues which are extra widespread now than 30 years in the past and are asking why the frenzy? On Could 26th elected leaders will let their positions be identified.

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