Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2015 1:02 PM
To: Chris Testerman
Subject: RE: UCF Campus Master Plan
Thank you for responding to my email and directing me to the Florida Statute that explains the relationship between local government and state universities through the Campus Development Agreement.
It is unfortunate that the last two CMP updates have not provided funding to state universities to address local infrastructure needs especially in the case of UCF. This certainly has put a strain on the area especially considering the situation in East Orange County. It appears the entire burden of orchestrating funding for infrastructure in East Orange County as well as the safety of the residents falls on the shoulders of Orange County.
I have a meeting with Lee Kernek who is the Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance for UCF on Monday to better understand the Academic/Research area on the Master Plan and how it will affect University Estates, McCulloch Road as well as other surrounding communities.
I am encouraged to hear you mention Research Park in your email as they are an integral piece in solving the traffic problems in East Orange County. I understand Research Park roads are private and Research Park administration is not thrilled with additional pass through traffic on their roadways. I am sure this does not help facilitating fluid movement of traffic in and around UCF.
You mentioned the CDA will require approval at a public hearing before the BCC. I presume that means it is not scheduled at this time and it is unknown when it will come before the BCC. Do you or can you direct me to someone who would know approximately when this will come before the BCC so I can watch for the hearing?
Thank you for responding to my email. My goal is to assist Orange County in any way possible to help improve the infrastructure in East Orange County by understanding and communicating improvement plans to interested residents of East Orange County. I am also intent on keeping this issue at the fore font of those boards and committees that can help institute a long range plan to fix issues that have been with East Orange County for a long time.
From: Chris Testerman
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 4:51 PM
Subject: FW: UCF Campus Master Plan
The Mayor’s Office has asked me to respond to your questions (e-mail dated March 16, 2015) concerning the adopted University of Central Florida (UCF) Campus Master Plan (CMP). Specifically you had concerns about traffic from property designated as Academic/Research on the CMP Future Land Use map.
Under Florida’s statutory framework, the State University System has a separate and distinct process relating to the development of their campuses. Chapter 1013.30 F.S. lays out the process for adopting and implementing CMPs and concurrency.
Orange County and UCF have a long history of collaborating with each other to address impacts created by the University’s growth and development. Through the formal process as stipulated in Subsection 1013.30 (3), FS; Orange County and the University have negotiated a number of infrastructure improvements over the past two decades. For example, through the Campus Development Agreement (CDA) process, the University has helped or fully funded improvements to the intersection of Alafaya Trail/University Blvd., the extension of Woodbury Road, Rouse Road widening, intelligent signal systems along several roadways, and other related improvements.
Unfortunately, over the last two CMP updates, the Florida Legislature has not provided funding to any state universities to address impacts to infrastructure generated by their growth. Nevertheless, both Orange County and UCF have collaborated in coordinating traffic issues of mutual concern. More specifically, both entities are currently engaged in discussion with the Research Park (proximate to your map) to improve/widen their road facilities. In addition, the County, the University, FDOT, Metroplan Orlando and surrounding property owners have been engaged in a study to address safety/pedestrian issues along the Alafaya/University corridors. As part of that study we are also exploring the possibility of identifying potential parallel corridors to re-route a portion of traffic off of congested roadways and coordinated traffic management issues related to UCF game day activities and other major events.
The County is currently negotiating a new CDA and within the limitations related to funding, we are working with UCF to address transportation issues. While, State funding may not be forthcoming, we believe we can address safety issues, rights of way donations, private development funding and other resources to start mitigating congestion and safety issues related the University’s growth. The CDA is required to be approved at a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners.
I am hopeful this provides answers to some of your concerns. Should you have additional questions related to this issue please contact me directly or Renzo Nastasi, Manager of Transportation Planning at 407-836-8072.
Assistant County Administrator
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