The Buck Lake Alliance

 

Buck Lake Community folks are engaged in the Camellia Oaks discussions and now have a better understanding of the significance of that development on our Buck Lake community. Engagement and awareness are a good thing, even if the collective we don’t totally agree with the direction the development may take. As one e-mail mentioned, we are all good neighbors and wish the best for our neighborhoods; working together is essential to have some involvement in shaping the Camellia Oaks development. The development will happen, but what it will be is still yet to be determined, and we can help in that effort.

County conversation:

The Leon County didn’t go into detail about the Camellia Oaks library meeting--good, bad or ugly. The County indicated that Mr. Naumann inquired as to whether County folks would attend--they told him it was premature, because there wasn’t anything, e.g., site plan, for the County to discuss or comment on. The County was aware of the community interest, encouraged people to get involved by reviewing and giving feedback regarding any part of this proposed development.

As September 28th, there has not been a Camellia Oaks site plan submitted to the County for review. A natural features inventory was submitted by the developer. A letter from the County to the developer indicated a number of deficiencies in the NFI. Once the Camellia Oaks proposed site plan is submitted, the Buck Lake Community will get a chance to review it and provide feedback. The BLA believes the Buck Lake community at large would benefit from offering their thoughts as the development becomes more defined. The first site plan will likely be the parcel nearest the DOT stormwater pond, but future development will likely follow around Buck Lake on the eastern shore. Subsequent phases are as important, if not more important due to density and the impact on the environment, as the initial phase.

Fallschase was discussed as well. Residential developers/owners will be submitting a site plan, but the County said it may be a while--likely 800 units total and likely the west portion of Fallschase will be developed first--moving east in future phases. The thought is that multifamily might be built on that west side first--this would be the area just east of Weems Plantation. Again, NO site plans have been submitted to the County. When the site plan has been submitted, I will try to make it available for your review and comment.

With regard to the Fallschase commercial projects, Lormax/Stern (developer) and a local architect for the Island Wings has since e-mailed the County to inquire about development requirements. The County reminded the architect that the site plan MUST adhere to the Fallschase Village Center: Building and Site Design Guidelines and Standards Manual. No Island Wings site plan has been submitted, YET!   

Upshot: NO site plans for any of the three Buck Lake Community projects, Camellia Oaks, Fallschase residential or Island Wings. Once any of them come in, the County will notify the BLA and make them available. The BLA will in turn make the documents available to our community.

Please stay tuned in and involved. Your input and feedback are critical!

Thank you for your interest in how our community evolves into the future. If you believe something I have written is in error or could be clarified, please don’t hesitate to mention it to me.  

 

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