A model for guiding private development decisions and public infrastructure investments in the downtown Ocoee area. This plan should result in a list of public infrastructure projects to be included in a future city bond financing effort. Status: Under development by GAI. An initial public input hearing, the Ocoee Downtown Plan Kickoff Meeting (Large PDF), was conducted on March 14 at the Lakeshore Center. This event was broadcast live on Ocoee’s cable TV channel on Spectrum, channel 493. Outreach efforts also included our website and social media campaigns.
Final Presentation: Master Plan Roll-Out
The public was invited to attend a presentation of the Ocoee Downtown Master Plan (Large PDF) in the City Hall Commission Chambers. At this last public presentation, the planning team reviewed with the City Commission, the details of the final Downtown Master Plan document, including the components of the proposed Downtown Code Overlay. Attendees' saw the results of all the hard work put in by the public, City staff, and planning team that made this transformational vision possible.
Planning & Refining: Creative Workshop and Public Meetings
Since the April Public workshop, the planning team has been hard at work adding details to the framework of the Downtown Master Plan. Based on citizen feedback from the April workshop, the focus has been on improving the street network and bike/pedestrian connections, enhancing the environmental open space, and defining the character areas of downtown. These three topics were combined into a draft Downtown Master Plan graphic that was revealed to the public at a presentation at the Lakeshore Center on the evening of June 13th. Citizens were able respond to the details of the plan with what they liked, didn’t like, and project priorities. These comments will be incorporated into a final Master Plan to be presented to the Commission later in the summer. See the evening’s flyer, presentation and photos.
Citizen Themes Revealed
Taking all the public input provided at the kickoff, walking audits, and elsewhere, the team has summarized the big ideas into five major “citizen-based themes”. Each of the themes can be articulated by a vision statement, and encompassed by a series of big moves. These themes were presented and validated at the April 27thPublic Workshop.
Ocoee Walking Tours
Walking audits are pedestrian tours of places that have a two-fold purpose:
1. They help to provide residents and business owners a different perspective of their communities and
2. They allow the planning team to see issues up close and hear input from the participants with context.
Two of these walking audits were conducted in the downtown area where the planning team could show and discuss issues at several locations, most of which were identified in the good/bad/opportunities dot exercise at the public kickoff meeting.
The two walking audits were attended by residents, business owners, commissioners, and City staff. On the audits the groups stopped and discussed the lakefront, downtown neighborhoods, gateways, and opportunities for Bluford Avenue, Oakland Avenue and McKey Street. You can see the walking audit route and see photos from the two days.