Visioning Apopka Community Meetings Update

A Mobile Information Station will host its next event on September 12.

The MIS is a recreational vehicle operated by project consultants Keith and Schnars PA to gather information for the Visioning Apopka project. Representatives will be on hand to discuss the project, distribute information and collect surveys. Food and refreshments will be served.

·         Sept. 12 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northwest Recreation Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley                 Parkway.

·         Sept. 19 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wekiva Riverwalk shopping center, S.R. 436 and
Wekiva Springs Road.

Apopka will host four large community forums this month to allow residents to come together in a group discussion to help create a vision for the city. The forums – each with the same presentation – are intended for different quadrants of Apopka. Residents in each of those areas are invited to a meeting closest to them. A separate forum is planned for businesses and community leaders.

For a map of the different quadrants, visit The website also has information about the project and a community survey.

The forum dates are:

·         Sept. 15 – Downtown Community Forum from 6 to 9 p.m. at Apopka Community Center, 519 S.
Central Ave.

·         Sept. 17 – Central Area Community Forum from 6 to 9 p.m. Apopka High School,
555 Martin St.

·         Sept. 22 – Southwest Area Community Forum from 6 to 9 p.m. at the University of Florida
Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (IFAS), 2725 S. Binion Road.

·         Sept. 26 – North Area Community Forum from 1 to 4 p.m. at Wolf Lake Middle School,
1725 W. Ponkan Road.

·         Sept. 29 – Business and Community Leaders Forum from 6 to 9 p.m. at Apopka Community
Center, 519 S. Central Ave.

Visioning is an important tool for Apopka – a city of 45,000 residents across 35 square miles of northwest Orange County – to develop plans for future growth. The process is increasingly popular among all types of government to create consensus for what the public wants and – just as important – determine what is needed to achieve those goals.

Interests may include economic development, growth management, roads, parks and public services.

Establishing community vision also 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.

Information also can help Apopka to create a unique brand or image – important to represent the community and to highlight its best features. A positive image can help to nurture community pride and to support marketing efforts.

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