Over the last few weeks, residents in Lakeside Village have come together again. They have been organizing to plea with county leaders to deny a request by Avatar Homes to remove the required southern connector road in Lakeside Village from the planned development. The planned development is a set of guidelines attached to the property that define how it can be developed.

The decision was continued from September 13 and September 20. The majority of those speaking in support of denial live in the neighborhoods of Newbury Park, Grande Pines, and Lake Mabel Shores. Since the closure of Reams Road, they have seen drivers short cut through their neighborhoods to exit onto County Road 535. The intended route from Reams is to drive north on Lakeside Village Lane, but this adds several minutes and approximately a mile of travel. The safety issues are self-explanatory as these are small neighborhoods with families with young children. [...]

As I’ve been writing…Orange County’s goal for Horizon West was to create sustainable communities designed for pedestrians.  The plan for Lakeside Village Center does not meet this goal.  Last week the project (technically referred to as Frye Development PD) appeared on the consent agenda for Orange County’s Development Review Committee meeting on November 3.  This means the developer was asking for final approval to begin moving dirt.

I emailed the package (see last blog post) to the DRC Chairman the previous day, and I attended the meeting.  The package includes most of the same ideas, observations, and tweaks that we previously posted.  These are tweaks which we feel would help to make the Lakeside Village Center uphold the intentions of Horizon West.  I was allowed to join the committee at the table and speak. [...]