about those roads (and trees), part 2

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

about those roads (and trees), part 2:

commissioners want more community outreach

Residents of Central Bayshore (CBS) have asked the City to slow down its plans to elevate their roads for resiliency and, this week, Commissioners agreed to have further dialogue about the impact and timing of the proposed project. Commissioner Kristen Rosen-Gonzalez asked her colleagues to “listen to the neighborhood.” She expressed a desire to see the CBS project broken into two parts: the storm water infrastructure construction which can be done now followed later in the future by elevation, giving residents an opportunity to better plan for the impact on their homes.
 
Director of Public Works Eric Carpenter told Commissioners the City is working on tools to help residents deal with the impact of road elevation including the potential of being able to drain water from their properties into the City’s storm water system. He said he thought he would be ready to present that at the April Commission meeting.
 
Meanwhile, Chief Resiliency Officer Susy Torriente said the City is working on communication tools to help homeowners better understand the true impact on their homes when roads are raised to combat the effects of sea level rise. A prototype tool is being tested that will show road and home elevations in actual inches versus the NAVD measurement jargon that planners use and is often misunderstood. Torriente said the City wants to help residents “understand their risks, understand what the City is doing, and start to think about their personal adaptation over time.”
 
Commissioner John Alemán said "We have a question on the table on whether we implement road raising now. We need a clear strategy and approach." She wants to ensure the Commission and residents better understand all the options and tradeoffs in delaying the raising of roads or elevating to a reduced level. “Let’s take some time to do some outreach,” she said.
 
The conversation – along with potential traffic calming elements that were scheduled to be part of the current CBS project – has been referred back to the Neighborhood and Community Affairs Committee for further discussion and public input at its March 17th meeting.
 
Also heading for more discussion and public input is the request by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for guidance on the upcoming Alton Road construction between Michigan Avenue and 63rd Street. FDOT says it cannot accommodate the City’s request to raise the road and save all of the trees. It has asked Commissioners to choose between them. Commissioners opted for more time to consider the request and to get public input. It will also be discussed at the March 17th Neighborhood and Community Affairs Committee.

alton road tree canopy


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Susan Askew
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