The attached ordinance will assign Planned Development (PD) zoning for development of ≤850 multi-family units, ≤250 single-family homes, ≤200 hotel rooms, a K-12th grade charter school, ≤650,000 sq. ft. of retail/commercial space, ≤100,000 sq. ft. of office, and preserved wetlands and conservation areas, all on a 536-acre parcel located on the northeast side of Narcoossee Rd., south of SR528, east of Randal Park, and north of Dowden Rd. The property will have default zonings of AC-2 (Urban Activity Center), MU-2 (Medium Intensity, Mixed Use Corridor), O-1 (Low Intensity Office-Residential), C (Conservation) and R-2A (One- to Two-Family Residential). The applicant is Erika Hughes, with VHB, for the owner, Bal Bay Realty, Inc.
The PD zoning request was accompanied by a framework Master Plan (MPL2020-10031) for the long-term development of Torrey Preserve, including a timeline for construction of infrastructure throughout the development, including a northbound extension of S. Econ Trail from Dowden Rd. and possible cross-connections to Randal Park to the east and to LaVina to the south, and a Specific Parcel Master Plan (MPL2020-10032) for the initial phase of the Torrey Preserve PD, for a proposed 4-story ±284-unit apartment complex on Parcel 11 (southwestern corner of the overall PD), with direct access to Narcoossee Rd.
The applicant conducted one virtual community meeting with adjacent residents to the south and east, and the District 1 City Commissioner hosted a second smaller virtual community meeting. From those two meetings, residents in Randal Park (to the east) noted their concerns about proposed connecting streets, cut-through traffic and buffers next to existing single-family homes, and residents in La Vina (to the south) voiced their concerns about buffers between Mirabella and Torrey Preserve Parcel 12 and potential extra traffic on Dowden Rd. From those meetings, the applicant was able to provide adequate buffers adjacent to Randal Park; staff and the applicant were able to mutually agree to a reduced number of required connections to the east and south.
The Municipal Planning Board (MPB) recommended approval of the PD zoning and master plans on August 18, 2020. City Council accepted the MPB minutes concerning the PD and master plan requests on September 21, 2020.