Winter Garden considering framework designs for East Plant Street Corridor
Winter Garden has drafted design standards it expects to implement as guidelines for future development of the East Plant Street Corridor.
| 9:09 a.m. May 18, 2017
West Orange Times & Observer
WINTER GARDEN –– While Ocoee and Apopka seek to create pedestrian-friendly areas modeling Winter Garden’s downtown, Winter Garden seeks to expand its own. During the May 11 City Commission meeting, leaders introduced design plans detailing the framework that, if adopted, would guide development fronting East Plant Street and surrounding areas.
The framework will establish building standards for any future growth in the corridor situated between South Dillard Street and State Road 429, essentially expanding its downtown and creating a gradual transition that reflects downtown’s character.
The city’s Character Area Plans were drafted to ensure future developers and property managers understand the overall vision targeted for the corridor.
Some goals for the character area according to the proposed ordinance — for which a vote was postponed during the meeting — are to create a more pedestrian-friendly transportation network, a stronger sense of place and a front-door gateway to Winter Garden and Ocoee’s downtown areas; and to encourage high-quality and high-value economic development.
The character area establishes three overlay zoning districts: the East Plant District, Gateway District and Packing Plant District, each of which have its own development standards that align with a desired character.
There are eight building types permitted within the character area. Each has a maximum story limitation, schematic example, regulations and required standards. However, the city may grant exceptions via allowable waivers, according to the plan documents. The ordinance also states the city recognizes the constraints of meeting some standards for certain projects and may approve required deviations.