Winter Park gets tough on trash, considers alternatives for Hideaway Station development
The Winter Park Town Council passed a new ordinance meant to curb the unauthorized use of waste receptacles at their regular meeting on Tuesday morning.
Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor was in attendance to speak on behalf of the new ordinance, saying that the current ordinance regarding littering and the poaching of dumpsters was insufficient.
The new ordinance, to be added as a new section to the town code, makes it unlawful for any person to place waste in a dumpster located within the town without the consent of the owner or authorized user. This obviously doesn’t apply to public trashcans.
For the purpose of the new code, “waste” refers to trash, refuse, yard clippings, compost, and just about any other discarded object, organic or inorganic. “Waste receptacle,” refers to any container meant for waste disposal.
Violation of the ordinance is punishable by a fine up to $2,650 or up to a year imprisonment, though Trainor noted such strict penalties are remarkably rare.
The second reading of the ordinance will take place during Winter Park’s next council meeting on June 5.
Chip Besse of the Winter Park Development Company was in attendance to discuss possibilities for the Hideaway Station completion at the Sitzmark South site. Once completed the project will add 58 more residential units to the town, and about 12,000 square feet of retail expected to be complete in the next 20 months. Two buildings are already under construction. Besse made several suggestions for the project, including raising the real estate transfer tax, RETA, from one percent to 1.5 percent in lieu of paying the $3-per-square-foot charge upfront for attainable housing as originally agreed upon.
While this would end up costing the town almost $100,000 in the first year, it would also add up to an additional $15,000 in RETA fees for the town every year, according to Besse.
He also suggested launching an enhanced sales tax incentive program, or ESTIP, for the site as a means to draw new businesses to town instead of relocating existing businesses. Besse believes this would create flexibility by subsidizing the rent of new businesses, allowing the town time to cherry pick whichever tenants they would like and entice them to move to Winter Park.
The town council seemed optimistic about the change in RETA and asked town staff to draft an agreement to make the change at their next meeting.
Baker Drive Sidewalk
The development of Hideaway Station has also been making ways for its neighbors, especially as the Baker Drive sidewalk is concerned. The Winter Park Development Company is required to install sidewalk improvements from their development to the intersection of Baker Drive and Telemark Drive.
But concerns have been raised about the destruction of parking behind Strip and Trail, Hernando’s Pizza Pub and on Telemark Drive.
The town agreed to make an investment into potential new designs that would facilitate for sidewalk improvements while maximizing parking opportunities. The council asked Community Development Director James Shockey to begin looking for alternatives, noting that potential variances could be an option as well.
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