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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 1 year ago

Winter Garden annexes two Carter Road properties

Commissioners also approved renewing an interlocal dispatch-services agreement with Ocoee.
by: Danielle Hendrix Associate Editor

After approval from the Winter Garden City Commission, a collision center business located on Carter Road is set to expand.

Immediately following the city’s budget adoption hearing Thursday, Sept. 26, commissioners moved on to regular meeting business and approved three ordinances pertaining to approximately 1.21 acres of land at 945 and 951 Carter Road.

The applicant, Palm Coast Enterprise, requested the two properties — each of which is currently developed with one single-family home on each lot — be annexed into the city. The applicant also requested an amendment to the future land-use map of the city’s comprehensive plan to designate the properties as Multi-Office Industrial, as well as rezoning them to I-2 General Industrial District.

According to city documents, permitted uses for properties designated as Multi-Office Industrial include office, distribution facilities, warehousing, office showroom, support manufacturing, assembly uses, industrial and support retail. 

City documents state that the applicant intended to annex the properties in order to expand his collision center business.

“Annexation will provide a more efficient delivery of services to the property and further the goals and objectives of the city’s comprehensive plan to eliminate enclaves,” Senior Planner Shane Friedman wrote in the staff report. “Any future development proposals cannot in any way landlock the properties to the east. …These properties must be allowed access to Carter Road at all times.”



As approved by commissioners during the meeting, Winter Garden’s interlocal agreement for police dispatching services for the city of Ocoee will continue for another five years.

While the agreement previously was approved during the July 25 commission meeting, Ocoee requested a modification to the contract, according to city documents. 

“You may recall this was previously approved — however, Ocoee legal requested a couple of changes,” Winter Garden Police Chief Stephen Graham said. “Their legal, along with our legal, have gone through it and are in agreement that it’s all good to go. They still want to stay with us for another five years, so it looks like we’re doing a good job.”

Winter Garden currently provides 24-hour police dispatching services for the city of Ocoee, as well as for Windermere and Oakland. 

The agreement states that Winter Garden will receive and transfer emergency medical and fire calls for service — including notifications for automatic fire alarms, and automatic aid and mutual aid for fire services — to Orange County.

According to city documents, the cost to Ocoee for Fiscal Year 2019-20 for these services is $608,324 for a full year, to be paid in equal quarterly payments.

Danielle Hendrix is the Associate Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Florida, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in world comparative studies. ...

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