Seminole County adds infrastructure due to population growth

Seminole County has boomed over the years. In the early 1970s, there were only about 84,000 people. Today, the county is home to over 450,000 people. Subdivisions are popping up everywhere and new houses are being built. Seminole County is updating its comprehensive plan for projected growth through 2045, and they asked for community feedback. “They want smart growth, they want to conserve natural resources, keep as many trees and open spaces as possible,” said Director of Developmental Services Rebecca Hammock. More than 2,000 people weighed in and this contribution is part of the planning process exists, but the primary purpose of this process was to uncover the goals and desires of Seminole County residents, to ensure that we incorporate them into the overall plan for Seminole County,” said Hammock More people will likely mean more traffic, but planners say that managing how people get around in the years to come, to get people from point A to point B, needs to include more than roads.” want to make sure people can get to where they’re going in a variety of ways, whether that’s in a single-occupant vehicle, on a bike, on foot, or even on public transit,” said D Mary Moskowitz of Seminole County Planning. We are already seeing mixed-use developments near SunRail stops and expect more of that. Further developments are already planned where people can walk or cycle to work. choice,” Moskowitz said. And to protect the rural frontier, there would be a limit to the infrastructure that would support growth where it is not welcome. “We don’t have infrastructure there and the county has no plans to expand infrastructure in this area to prevent sprawl,” Hamac said. The county is also evaluating past growth decisions to chart the way forward. Public comments are welcome until the end of September. Visit here to learn more about this public contribution.

Seminole County has boomed over the years.

In the early 1970s, there were only about 84,000 people.

Today, the county is home to over 450,000 people.

Subdivisions are springing up everywhere and new houses are being built.

Seminole County is updating its comprehensive plan for projected growth through 2045, and they asked for community input.

“They want smart growth, they want to preserve natural resources, keep as many trees and open space as possible,” said Rebecca Hammock, director of development services.

Over 2,000 people weighed in and this input is part of the planning process.

“Build smart and grow our business in areas where our infrastructure already exists, but the primary focus of this process was to uncover the goals and desires of Seminole County residents, to ensure we incorporate them into the plan. of Seminole County,” Hammock said.

More people will likely mean more traffic, but planners say managing how to get around in the years to come, to get people from point A to point B, needs to include more than roads.

“We want to make sure people can get where they’re going in a variety of ways, whether it’s in a single-occupant vehicle, on a bicycle, on foot, or even by public transit,” said Mary Moskowitz of Seminole County Planning. .

We are already seeing mixed-use developments near SunRail stops and expect more of that.

Further developments are already planned where people can walk or cycle to work.

“Building those land uses, those office, residential, even commercial uses next to those transportation choices,” Moskowitz said.

And to protect the rural frontier, there would be a limit to the infrastructure that would support growth where it is not welcome.

“We don’t have infrastructure there and the county has no plans to expand infrastructure in that area to prevent sprawl,” Hammock said.

The county is also evaluating past growth decisions to chart the way forward.

Public comments are welcome until the end of September. Visit here to learn more about this public contribution.