The Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District (the "district") is established by Article II, Chapter 40, Orlando City Code. The district is a dependent special district of the City of Orlando created to, among other things, help plan, design, finance, and construct strategic public infrastructure in the 517-acre district.
The district is governed by a Board of Directors (comprised of the members of the Orlando City Council) which is advised and assisted by an Advisory Council comprised of citizens with interests in the district. The Advisory Council has 5 members, including at least one representative from Orlando Health and one representative of an industrial property owner in the district. This proposed ordinance would amend the composition of the Advisory Council to eliminate the requirement that one member of the Advisory Council own property abutting Orange Avenue that is designated for certain uses on the City's future land use maps in addition to actually using the property for commercial or retail uses and being a member of the Downtown South Main Street District. The purpose of this proposed amendment is to expand the pool of eligible applicants to the Advisory Council.