Winter Park approves spring music series, extension for Rendezvous expansion |

Winter Park approves spring music series, extension for Rendezvous expansion

The Winter Park Town Council had a relatively uneventful gathering at its regular meeting Tuesday morning, approving a special event permit for the town’s “Springtopia” celebration and signing off on final plat extensions for Rendezvous and Serenity Trail.

Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce, noted that the event wouldn’t be called “Springtopia” this year, but a new name hasn’t been chosen.

The music series will take place over four weekends from March 31 to April 21, featuring a new live band every Saturday at Hideaway Park. On March 31, the day before Easter, there will be a sledding party and 5K run along with food and beverages. The event is free to attend.

Final Plat Extensions

The council approved final plat recordation date extensions for both Rendezvous at Winter Park and Serenity Trail at Winter Park during the meeting, extending both by 180 days as allowed by the town code.

Upon approval of any final plat, the applicant has 180 days to submit all necessary documents to the town for recording, according to the town codes. Any extension to the approval of the final plat can be made for 180 days at the discretion of the town council.

Rendezvous at Winter Park was approved in July 2009 for 190 single-family and multiple-family units located near the former Idlewild ski area. The application notes several improvements made to the property since that time. This is the 17th extension for Rendezvous. All fees associated with the final plat have been paid.

Serenity Trail at Winter Park was approved in February 2015 for 12 duplex units located on Timber House Road near Winter Park Resort. This is the sixth extension for Serenity Trail.

Transit Service Request Procedure

The council also approved a new set of transit service request procedures, outlining new protocols for parties interested in instituting changes to service including request deadlines and information required in submissions.

The deadline for winter service changes is April 1, and the approval deadline is July 1. The deadline for summer changes is Jan. 15, and the approval deadline is March 1. The procedures also state that public notification should be given on the town’s website and on busses that new services are being considered, and that there would be a public comment period during at least one Transit Advisory Committee meeting.

Requests also require a formal letter requesting new service, proof of secured funding to support the entire costs of changes, a map of the new stops, a letter from the land owner approving the location, a maintenance plan and snow removal plan for the stop, ridership estimations and letters of support from the jurisdiction where new stops are proposed.

In other transit news interim Town Manager Bill Wengert said that the town is expecting two new busses to be unveiled in mid-March. Wengert also said that ridership numbers in January were down about eight percent from last year, a small improvement after Dec. saw ridership numbers drop 15 percent from the end of 2016.

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