Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) program (different from this new partnership) was established in 2012 to lead the state in developing best safety practices, education models, and promote awareness for AVs and the relevant technology. This program continues today and includes several pilot projects and an annual summit to share ideas and best practices.
The Partnership’s proposal involves research and simulation at some of the area’s universities, including the University of Central Florida and Florida Polytechnic University, as well as safety and policy compliance review with Florida A&M University-Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) Colleges of Law.
Additionally, the proposal specifically outlines the following proposed “test track” facilities:
- SunTrax: a long-term partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation’s Florida Turnpike Enterprise and Florida Polytechnic University to construct a new transportation technology testing facility, including a 2.25-mile, oval track designed for high-speed travel and multiple lanes on a 400-acre site in Polk County, centrally located between Tampa and Orlando. The vision for SunTrax includes the build-out of multiple environments, including a simulated downtown urban core, to test transit, vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle interactions with AVs.
- NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC): will provide the second controlled testing facility, which offers the ideal contained environment with a vast roadway network and secure access. KSC can conduct controlled extreme environment testing for significant weather events and unusual roadway conditions.
- Public highways, roadways and transit: environments like the I-4, SR 540 and SR 528 corridors will provide AVs exposure to complex roadways with varying sections, ingress and egress merging operations, construction operations, both freight and passenger vehicles, work zone safety applications, express bus operations and highway maintenance operations. Transit testing on LYNX’s LYMMO Orange line in Downtown Orlando would explore the use of automated shuttles and automated shared-use vehicles.
- City of Orlando
- University of Central Florida
- Florida Polytechnic University
- FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
- Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
- Florida Department of Transportation, Districts 5 and 1
- Central Florida Expressway
- NASA, Kennedy Space Center
- MetroPlan Orlando
- Orange County
- Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
- Osceola County
- Polk County
- Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization
- Florida Department of Transportation
This code amendment was recommended for approval by the Municipal Planning Board at its October 2016 meeting; the minutes of which were subsequently accepted by the City Council on November 14, 2016. MPB's recommended action is approval on first reading. They recommend that the Mayor and City Clerk present the draft ordinance for second reading and public hearing at the next available City Council meeting.
The CVDRC will consist of the following and may provide for other officers as it deems appropriate:
- City planning official
- Director of the City’s Transportation Department
- Director of the City’s Public Works Department
- Executive Director of the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency
- Member of the City’s Appearance Review Board. (The member of the Appearance Review Board shall be selected by the Appearance Review Board.)
The ordinance states the following:
- The establishment of the CVDRC will create sufficient betterment to the community to justify the City Council’s delegation of a portion of its authority; and
- The CVDRC is a better option than any other board, public or private, already in existence that could serve the same purpose; and
- The costs, both direct and indirect, of establishing and maintaining the board do not offset its potential benefit; and
- The CVDRC is not likely necessary to enable the City to obtain state of federal grants or other financing; and
- The CVDRC is not likely necessary in order to comply with state or federal legislation; and
- The CVDRC shall not have bonding authority; and
- The CVDRC shall not have final authority to enter into contracts and spend City funds; and
- The creation of the CVDRC is the best method of achieving the benefit desired.
Subject Matter Jurisdiction:
- Major certificate of appearance approval as provided by Part 4F, Chapter 65 of this code.
- Minor certificate of appearance approval when the applicant seeks reconsideration of a denial or approval with conditions by the appearance review official as provided by section 65.513 of this code.
- Specific parcel master plan as required by the Creative Village planned development zoning ordinance.
- Conditional use permit as provided by Part 2D, Chapter 65 of this code.
- Zoning variances (including design variances) as provided by Part 2J, Chapter 65 of this code.
- Major subdivision plat as provided by Part 3D, Chapter 65 of this code.
- Abandonments of streets and rights-of-way as provided by Part 4E, Chapter 65 of this code.
- Master plan (including without limitation plans for public improvements) as required by the Creative Village planned development zoning ordinance.
- Street name change as provided by Part 4I, Chapter 65 of this code.
- Any other land development order required by the Creative Village planned development zoning ordinance.
The City of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board (DDB) is seeking artists to submit for a new project! They want to incorporate the four professional sports teams in Orlando in a unique and original mural for a wall within the Downtown Orlando Information Center, located at 201 South Orange Avenue.
Submissions opened on Tuesday, January 17.
Deadline for submission is Friday, February 17.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
- Update the criteria for evaluation and the criteria considerations to match the standards of the federal government's National Register program.
- Require consent from property owners before their property could be nominated for landmark designation.
- Streamline the landmark review process by eliminating review by the Municipal Planning Board.
- City Names Downtown Home a Landmark because it Demolished the Other Three
- City Board Says 1978 Downtown Orlando Bob Carr Center is a Historic Landmark
- Historical Landmark Status Granted to Davis Armory in Creative Village
The Program provides an opportunity for the CRA to reimburse up to 50 percent of the project cost, based upon the lowest estimates, but not to exceed $20,000.00 for eligible properties making façade improvements to commercial buildings within the CRA’s Planning Area.
The applicant's capital investment for the proposed improvements is estimated at $43,190.00, which is the lowest of three contractor estimates provided for the above referenced improvements, thus they are eligible for funding assistance of up to $20,000.00. The Downtown Façade Grant Review Committee convened on December 16, 2016 and made a recommendation of approval for funding assistance of up to $20,000.00 toward the proposed façade improvements to 28 West Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801.
The City of Orlando and LYNX have two Interlocal Agreements stating that (1) the City will provide design, engineering and construction of a bus rapid transit (BRT) extension of the LYMMO system to serve the Parramore community west of I-4 and the Creative Village and that (2) LYNX will reimburse the City up to $498,108.00 for those services. A request by the City and LYNX for the reimbursement mount to raise $100,000.00 goes before City Council on January 23.