Vista Park Development Community Meeting - August 31st
As many of you know, we have been tracking the progress of the proposed Vista Park development. The owner of the property is nearly complete with the bomb mitigation for the property. They are awaiting State approval so they can move forward with additional permitting. In the meantime, they are engaged with a new developer who has plans to develop the property. It's now time for us to re-engage on this issue as a community.
If you recall, we had over 400 residents attend a community meeting in November 2015. We had an additional 300+ residents sign petitions against the proposed project plan given the significant expansion of the project with no additional infrastructure. As a result of our collective efforts over several months in 2016, we were able to get many changes to the proposed plan in order to limit the impact to our Vista Lakes community. Based on the previous project plans, our concerns continue to include the significant increase in traffic on Lee Vista Blvd, Narcoossee, and Chickasaw (tens of thousands of additional car trips per day), concerns with water drainage for our Vista Lakes area which is already at maximum capacity, environmental issues, and the lack of retail space in the new proposed development. The new development will have nearly twice as many homes as Vista Lakes with limited additional retail space and no plans to build a new school to support a significant increase in residents. Finally, there are plans to build several apartment houses on the property that are not compatible with the architecture of Vista Lakes and plan to be built immediately behind the Vista Lakes property.
The new developer has submitted a new project proposal to the City. We need your help in attending the next community meeting, virtually. You have to pre-register to attend (takes no more than 2 minutes to pre-register). The virtual meeting will be held on August 31st, as noted in this distributed flyer.
Please sign up for the virtual meeting & share with all of your neighbors. This impacts all of East Orlando, not just Vista Lakes!
We appreciate everyone’s help in keeping our community and its residents healthy and safe.
On May 21st, the Vista Lakes board of directors voted on and approved a plan to reopen select amenities starting Saturday May 23rd. Please see all the details here on how you can reserve a time slot for the pool and/or gym. When you arrive for your scheduled reservation you are required to hand in this form each time you visit. You are able to reserve a time slot via email, phone, or in-person but online reservations are strongly encouraged to help staff maintain capacity. No matter which way you reserve, the filled out medical screening form is still required.
If you are not registered on our website, you will need to do so here in order to make your online reservation.
To reserve these two amenities, you can navigate on our home page to I Need To Request in the upper right hand corner. Or, you can do so for the pool hereand the gym here.
Most residents have heard of the many great things that happen here in Vista Lakes. Some have experienced things like, helpful information from a neighbor. What’s the best way to handle an issue (from post on the neighborhood Facebook pages)? And then there is usually that one person who is always going well beyond what is expected. And for this person, Resident of the Year honors was established.
The first recipient of this annual award is Carla Daly! It should come to no one as a surprise as she has earned this honor for so many contributions over the years. It’s not just what she does by transforming her home every year into a haunted house for thousands to enjoy. Nor is it just for the annual Easter festivities she provides for many of our children and grandchildren to enjoy! What comes to mind is the unending support she provides to this community without recognition. She works on the Amenities Committee and regularly interfaces with the CDD to make sure our community’s interests are addressed. The list of her contributions goes well beyond what we have space for here. So please congratulate Carla Daly as the Vista Lakes Resident of the Year.