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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 7 months ago

W.G. commission approves first readings for changes in city employee benefits, 12-home PUD

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City leaders approved the first reading for ordinances pertaining to the rezoning for a 12-home residential development on Dillard Street, the site plan for a new office building downtown and the retirement benefits, and pension plans for city employees.
by: Gabby Baquero Staff Writer

1. First reading: Benefits and retirement plan for city's general employees

Winter Garden sanctioned the first reading for ordinance 17-01, which was postponed during the Jan. 26 commission meeting. The proposed ordinance addresses IRS-required amendments for city employees' retirement benefits and pension plans. The major change involving retirement includes a reduction in the eligibility requirements for normal retirement. With final approval of this ordinance, city employee will be permitted to retire at 62 if they have at least 5 years of service – the current retirement is 65. The alternative eligibility requirement of reaching age 70 regardless of years of service, or retirement with 30 years of service regardless of age, remains in place. The second reading/public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

2. First reading: Dillard Pointe PUD

Winter Garden leaders also unanimously passed the first reading for ordinance 17-04, which proposes rezoning for 2.29 acres of property located at 555 North Dillard St. from City R-1 to City PUD. This property previously hosted a hospital, which was demolished over a decade ago. The property is now vacant land with a few scattered trees and an open grass area. The applicant wishes to develop the land with 12 single-family homes, six of which will be allowed to have granny flats above the garage. All of the garages will be located and accessed from the rear yard via a shared alley tract and each home is required to have a front porch. The second reading/public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

3. Office building in historic downtown district

The city also approved the site plan approval for a one-story, 4,500-square-foot professional office building in the historic downtown district that currently contains a duplex structure. The site is located on the east side of South Boyd Street, south of the Old Fire Station Building lot across from the new municipal garage building.

IN OTHER NEWS

  • Winter Garden Police Chief George Brennan introduced two new Winter Garden police officers who took the Oath of Office.
  • The city postponed voting on the site plan for Daniels Professional Park located on 1.93 acres of vacant land at the northeast corner of Roper Road and Daniels Road. The applicant seeking site plan approval proposed to construct five new professional/medical office buildings on the property totaling 17,734 square feet.

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Contact Gabby Baquero at [email protected]

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