Housing Trust Fund

On Tuesday, County Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to create 2,550 affordable housing units in Orange County, along with a separate plan to incentivize the construction of more affordable housing. Despite all the attention on our rent stabilization ordinance, it is not a panacea. Rather, it is one of many ways we can begin toContinue reading “Housing Trust Fund”

Shingle Creek Recap

I get daily calls about flooded streets, backyards and even the parking lot for a high school football field but rarely have immediate solutions. On Tuesday, the Orange County Commission discussed the importance of the Shingle Creek Basin and mapped out an action plan for protection and preservation of this biodiverse environmental system. What doesContinue reading “Shingle Creek Recap”

Shingle Creek

This upcoming week, we are discussing one of the most important water bodies in Orange County, Shingle Creek. You may know Shingle Creek as the Headwaters of the Everglades, from the 528 sign near International Drive. Shingle Creek serves as our quintessential drainage basin in major rain events, water treatment before it touches the Everglades,Continue reading “Shingle Creek”

District 1 Powers the County

We recently had a Board presentation on residential development activity using permitting data. The data confirmed what we all know: District 1 is the main recipient of new housing of all types in the County. District 1 is the economic bread and butter of the County from housing to employment. As Labor Day approaches, let’sContinue reading “District 1 Powers the County”

High School Parking Spot Art

For those of us with high school seniors, last week was a joy. I love seeing our students back at school, making plans for their future and expressing their individuality with creative and witty parking spot art.  It was extra special to see the Horizon High seniors building traditions for their school and setting theContinue reading “High School Parking Spot Art”

Rural Settlements

In Orange County, we have 21 Rural Settlements. As we sprawl out and land values keep skyrocketing, it is crucial that we keep our promise to residents who bought into rural spaces. Rural settlements provide value beyond aesthetics: they serve as critical recharge points for our aquifer, air purification zones, and economic drivers of agriculture.Continue reading “Rural Settlements”