Killearn Homeowners Association issues statement ahead of NE Gateway vote – Tallahassee Reports
The Killearn Homeowners Association (KHA) released a statement supporting the NE Gateway project ahead of a special meeting of the Intergovernmental Agency (IA) Blueprint.
The special IA meeting was scheduled after six elected officials voted to delay the project in order to address concerns expressed by several members of the community.
The AI had previously voted 8 to 3 to approve the project.
KHA’s statement says, in part, that a delay “may further undermine the agreements reached so far with Blueprint, we ask you to express your support for the vote to approve the PD&E study.”
The full statement is provided below.
|NORTH-EAST DOOR ACTION REQUIRES LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO KEEP COMMITMENT TO KILLEARN|
|Last year, after much work by the KHA board of directors, a compromise was reached between the KHA and the city and county commissioners serving as the intergovernmental Blueprint agency, to ensure openness from the Roberts Road connection before or at the same time as the Shamrock connection under the northeast walkway. Project. This was passed in a substantial amendment requiring a qualified majority vote by Blueprint and is called Corridor 1. This week, that vote is in jeopardy. A special master plan meeting to vote on whether or not to accept the Northeast Gateway Project Development and Environmental Study (PD&E) will be held on June 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in hotel rooms at city (and virtually). The PD&E recommends corridor 1 (all corridor options are presented on the next page).
From the outset of the PD&E study, KHA opposed Northeast Gateway’s proposal to complete the road at Shamrock as Blueprint had planned. Our opposition was primarily based on concerns about the anticipated future increase in traffic at Killearn Estates and the use of our neighborhood as a passage for vehicles. KHA’s concerns were validated by traffic modeling data from the Intergovernmental Blueprint Agency and confirmed by our own contracted traffic engineer.
The substantial amendment vote added a connection to Roberts Road in the current phase of the Northeast Gateway project; a change that minimized the anticipated future impact of traffic on Killearn Estates ET achieved the Northeast Gateway project goals of reducing traffic on Centerville and Thomasville even better than completing the road at Shamrock. If Blueprint chooses any option other than a “No Build” option or the Corridor 1 alignment (Roberts and Shamrock), the Stubstantial Amendment we fought so hard for is in jeopardy. As the “No construction” option is highly unlikely, your KHA board supports Corridor 1 with the inclusion of the Roberts Road connection, assuming that future traffic expected in Killearn Estates will be mitigated.
Many people oppose the northeast gateway for reasons such as concerns about how the road promotes sprawl, development interests pushing back the project schedule, and transportation demands. may change after the pandemic. While KHA supports these concerns, we are focused on minimizing future traffic impacts on our neighborhood roads. As the delay in adopting the Northeast Gateway PD&E could further undermine the agreements reached so far with Blueprint, we ask that you express your support for the vote to approve the PD&E study. For corridor 1, the work is done.
IT IS URGENT FOR RESIDENTS OF KILLEARN TO ATTEND OR SUBMIT FEEDBACK TO BLUEPRINT
JUNE 15, 2021, 5 P.M., TOWN HALL ROOMS