The City of Oakland Commission held a workshop before its regular meeting on Feb. 22 to discuss the existing golf cart ordinance and any changes that could potentially be made. The catalyst for that discussion is Phase 7 of Oakland Park, City Manager Steve Koontz said.
The city has had a golf cart ordinance since 2005, when there were fewer neighborhoods and residents. Currently, golf carts are not permitted on or through West Colonial Drive; on Oakland Avenue, South Tubb Street and Remington Road; on private property without written consent; or on the West Orange Trail.
The next phase of this community includes three access points, one of which “will open the doors to Winter Garden,” Koontz said.
By expanding designated areas for golf carts, it would allow for greater connectivity between neighborhoods, as well as the Oakland Nature Preserve.
Koontz said he studied the city of Winter Garden’s golf cart ordinance and wanted to create a similar one in Oakland. This way, both municipalities would have the same rules and allow for a smoother transition when traveling between them on golf carts.
“In the future, as things unfold and development comes to Oakland, we will have the opportunity for people from Winter Garden to come to Oakland,” he said. “Hopefully it works both ways, people go to Winter Garden, people come to Oakland.”
The goal is to complete the ordinance before roads open in Phase 7 of Oakland Park this summer.
The update would also address golf cart equipment and minimum standards, hours of operation, age limit for drivers, speed limit and a drop off and pick up plan. for families at Oakland Avenue Charter School.
Several issues were raised during the discussion: How to connect Johns Cove and Johns Landing to downtown, and how to deal with golf carts driving through industrial areas on the west side of town.
No decision was made at the workshop, but the topic will be added to the agenda of a future meeting for further discussion.
At the regular city commission meeting, elected officials approved two orders relating to the annexation and modification of the compensation plan for the 45.44-acre properties of Briley Farms. The land is owned by Voss Family Holdings (five parcels), Jefferson R. Voss (two parcels) and Jefferson Rich Voss Trust (one parcel).
The Comp Plan amendment would change ownership of Orange County Rural to Oakland Low-Density Residential. The land abuts a residential property to the east and south and the Oakland Nature Preserve to the west.
The claimants said they were dedicating a park at the south end of the property along the West Orange Trail and donating land to the ONP.
“This property that is to be dedicated to the Oakland Nature Preserve has a beautiful canopy and (it’s) a beautiful property,” Koontz said.
The next step is for applicants to apply for rezoning for the planned development.
“It’s a very diverse development, we keep the topography, not a lot of clearance,” Koontz said. “I think it’s going to be a really nice development (with) a diverse mix of lot sizes.”
The development plan calls for a row of lake view lots on Lake Apopka, custom homes on the large lots east of Jefferson Street, and developer homes on the west side.
IN OTHER NEWS
• Commissioners approved a resolution confirming the town’s participation in the Healthy West Orange Trails Connection program, a regional trail network that engages the West Orange community through the activation of wellness centers along well designed trails. City Manager Steve Koontz sits on the HHWOTC committee.
• The commission passed the second reading of an order that establishes a temporary moratorium, until July 24, on multifamily development, which includes accepting and processing new applications for exceptional use, rezoning, compensation plan amendments and other applications or development plans proposing to increase the number of multi-family dwellings.
• A budgetary transfer of $436,721 from the reserve fund to the redundant water well project was authorized, bringing the total funding available for the project to nearly $1.19 million. In addition, the commission awarded the tender to KAT Construction and Materials for the construction of the redundant well of the treatment plant.
• Commissioners approved the natural gas distribution franchise agreement with the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District.
• Thomas “Chip” Furches has been appointed to the School Advisory Committee for Oakland Avenue Charter School.
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