TODAY – Visioning Projects Will Invite Public Input

The community is invited to provide input for two different visioning projects up for discussion Wednesday, May 6 at the Apopka City Council meeting.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall, 120 E. Main St. in Apopka.

The Central Florida Expressway Authority, which owns and operates 109 miles of expressways in Central Florida including state roads 429 and 414 through Apopka, is developing its 2040 Master Plan and agency vision. Among the CFX improvements already planned are portions of the new Wekiva Parkway – a 25-mile, $1.6 billion highway currently under construction to expand S.R. 429 from U.S. Highway 441 to State Road 417.

Glenn Pressimone, CFX’s director of engineering, will present a brief overview of the 2040 Master Plan process. The public is invited to attend the presentation and to take an online survey for CFX’s visioning plan at http://cfx.2040.sgizmo.com/s3.

City Council members also will discuss a separate program on Wednesday to plan for Apopka’s future. An advisory committee of government, business and community representatives recently reviewed proposals from six consulting firms to help conduct the visioning, which will gather community consensus this year to create a master plan to promote Apopka’s image and development.

The firm recommended by the advisory committee is Florida-based Keith and Schnars – an engineering and planning company that works on projects throughout the state, including highway improvements, environmental studies and master planning. Keith and Schnars also has worked with the City of Fort Lauderdale, which is undergoing its third visioning project to plan for various community improvements.

Apopka proposes several community meetings this year to gather public input for future planning. Visioning will solicit responses from all parts of the city including residents, businesses, civic organizations and others.

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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