Apopka Begins a Vision for the Future

The City of Apopka rolled out plans Friday for a highly anticipated program to envision to future of this fast-growing area.

Elected officials, business leaders and citizens gathered together in front of Apopka City Hall to announce details of Visioning Apopka – a new, seven-month project that seeks public input to plan for future development and community improvements. The effort will help shape the city’s growth to provide what local residents want most.

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“This program about visioning is about inviting the people of Apopka to come forward and tell us what they want to see happen in Apopka,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer. “We’re going to forge a collective vision for how the residents of Apopka would like to see the community grow.”

Five large community forums will allow residents and businesses to participate. Four of those meetings will be held in different quadrants of Apopka to provide discussions among diverse segments of the population of 45,000. The schedule includes:

  • 15 September 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Community Forum at Apopka Community Center, 519 S. Central Avenue
  • 17 September 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Community Forum at Apopka High School, 555 Martin Street
  • 22 September 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Community Forum at University of Florida, IFAS/Mid-Florida REC, 2725 Binion Rd.
  • 26 September 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 PM: Community Forum at Wolf Lake Middle School, 1725 W. Ponkan Road
  • 29 September 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Business Forum at Apopka Community Center, 519 S. Central Avenue

The project will provide a mobile vehicle to reach local neighborhoods to present information and materials and to answer public questions. Consultants with Keith and Schnars, P.A. also will attend various meetings among neighborhood associations, churches and civic organizations to explain the visioning process. The mobile vehicle will visit these areas:

  • 05 September 2015, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM:  Mobile Information Station at Alonzo Williams Park, 515 S. Hawthorne Avenue
  • 12 September 2015, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Mobile Information Station at Northwest Recreation Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway
  • 19 September 2015, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Mobile Information Station at Walmart, 1700 S. Orange Blossom Trail (US 441)

A new website – www.visioningapopka.net – includes information about visioning, surveys, news releases and a calendar of events. A map shows the four quadrants of the city and where meetings will be held. The website also will provide updates as the visioning progresses.

Printed surveys soon will be distributed from Apopka City Hall and other locations. Various residents also will be invited to take a special survey from the visioning website.

Information from the surveys will be incorporated into a plan for Apopka’s future growth. That plan will be considered by the Apopka City Council later this year.

Establishing community vision is important to help better define Apopka among all areas of Central Florida. The city can work to develop its image – a productive reputation that reflects positively on the community and attracts businesses and residents. Apopka can identify needed public improvements, lay out community projects and complement the city’s master development plan for future construction.  

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