February 3rd City Commission Meeting Agenda-at-a-Glance
LAKELAND, FL (January 29, 2020) | The Agenda at a Glance includes highlights for the upcoming February 3rd City Commission Meeting Agenda. The full agenda and backup materials are available to view and download on our Agendas page. The Lakeland City Commission will discuss agenda items in detail at the Agenda Study session on Friday, January 31st starting at 8:30 a.m. The public can watch Agenda Study Sessions, City Commission Meetings as well as Committee Meetings live on Spectrum 643, FiOS 43 and streamed on LakelandGov TV.
Public Hearings – Ordinances for 2nd Reading
This is when the public is invited to share opinions and concerns about agenda items. Second Reading of an ordinance includes a chance for public testimony and requires a vote. Item one & two are land use ordinances that incorporate conditions for the Lakeland Central Park Development. The first ordinance includes a modification to land use regulations on 724.4 acres near I-4. This triangle shaped piece of property is bordered by the Polk Parkway, Old Tampa Highway and Gay Road. A planned development is proposed on the property with a number of phases that includes commercial, office, retail and multi-family units. This is a lengthy agenda item with a number of land use regulations. The second ordinance resends an existing resolution that originally set land use for the Lakeland Central Park Development as a DRI (Development of Regional Impact).
There are no agenda items under the City Manager portion of the agenda.
City Attorney | Ordinances 1st Reading
This portion of the agenda includes items for first reading. This is the initial introduction of an ordinance to the City Commission. Ordinances must be read once during a City Commission meeting before the meeting at which the ordinances will be voted on. During the first reading of an ordinance there is no testimony and no votes are taken. Item One is a proposal to approve a conditional use to allow an electrical sales and supply company at 1303 East Main Street. The Planning and Zoning Board approved the application for Circuit Breaker Sales Company on January 22, 2020 and recommended to the City Commission that the conditional use be granted for the business to exist at the East Main location. Item Two is modification to zoning to allow 26,000 sq.ft. retail commercial use that includes space for a 10,000 sq.ft. restaurant on 5.14 acres of property that is part of the Drummond Development. This area is south of the Oakbridge Parkway and east of Harden Boulevard. Zoning was originally set for office space. Item Three is a proposal to amend zoning to allow a daycare on property near the Lakeland Linder International Airport on Don Emerson Drive. The Planning and Zoning Board approved the zoning change and now it is up for City Commission approval. Item Four is the vacating of public right-of-way as part of the upcoming Summit Corporate Office development north of the Main Street Overlook and east of North Massachusetts Avenue at Lake Mirror.
Resolutions do not require a first and second reading. Resolutions are typically voted on when they are brought before the City Commission. On this portion of the agenda, the City Commission will vote on authorizing the City Manager to execute items with the Polk Planning Organization on behalf of the City of Lakeland. This includes a number of items including support for the Intermodal Center study, pathway, transportation and street projects that are part of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan. There is also a resolution to approve an agreement for funding with the Florida Department of Transportation for Josephine Street sidewalk improvements.
During the January 31st Agenda Study session, the City Commission will discuss each agenda item in detail for the upcoming Monday, February 3rd City Commission Meeting. This public meeting takes place in the City Commission Conference Room located on the third floor of City Hall (228 South Massachusetts Avenue) starting at 8:30 a.m.
Policy Workshop: Broadband Services RFQ/RFP:
There is a Policy Workshop on Friday, January 31st at 9:30 a.m., or immediately following Agenda Study in the City Commission Conference Room. The purpose for this workshop is for the City Commission to provide their collective opinion on the content and authoring of a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals for broadband services. This workshop is required prior to staff finalizing a proposal that would be sent to interested parties.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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