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Updates to the City of Apopka Land Development Code

November 15, 2018

By: Becky Wilson & Rasheem Johnson

The City of Apopka has proposed an amendment to the City’s Land Development Code. The Amendments will, among other things, create and consolidate zoning districts, amend the planned development approval procedure and clarify certain portions of the Land Development Code. The Planning Commission will meet on December 11, 2018, to further discuss the Amendments. A first reading of the Amendments will take place at 7:00 pm on January 16, 2019. A second reading/adoption will take place at 1:30 pm on February 6, 2019.

Changes to the zoning districts, which includes consolidations and additions, are highlighted in the chart below:

In addition to the changes listed above, the Amendments will also make significant changes to the permitted uses within each district.

For further questions about the Amendments, feel free to contact our Land Use Department Co-Chair Becky Wilson. The full Amendments can be viewed here via the City of Apopka website.


Rebecca

Becky  Wilson is chair of the firm's Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group. She represents property owners, developers, lenders and other development participants with issues related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence and property rights.


As early as sixth grade, Becky advocated for the causes she believed in. Her concern about nuclear waste and water contamination in her hometown of Dothan, Alabama – and her thorough research – promoted her to press a state legislator with questions in the school auditorium. Having grown up in the South, Becky got in trouble for questioning authority – yet that life experience served her well.

After clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Becky landed in Orlando, quickly building a reputation at Lowndes for being thorough, outspoken, and a tireless advocate for clients. She ultimately found her niche in land use, collaborating with architects, transportation engineers and local governments to move her clients’ projects – and Central Florida – forward. Becky became one of the youngest female shareholders at the firm. Today, she is Chair of the Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group.

Her clients include property owners, developers, lenders and other participants in the development of high-rise, hotels, planned communities, large “power-centers,” mixed-use projects, office buildings and big box commercial projects, projects within historic districts, multi-family developments, senior living, and affordable housing. Becky works closely with the local government entities to address the needs of her clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative lawDevelopments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence, and property rights.

Undoubtedly, Becky’s diligence, activism and Southern charm were responsible in part for her appointment as chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Central Florida District Council, a global multidisciplinary real estate organization with more than 40,000 members dedicated to the responsible use of land, and creating and sustaining thriving communities.

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