Split Oak Forest Construction

Have you heard? Orange and Osceola County are considering to build a toll road  right through Split Oak Forest

Local News segment from March 7th Orange County Comissioners public hearing

 

One of the proposed paths. Current plans favor through the Osceola portion of Split Oak. The largely untouched forest is being eyed closely by road developers as it is costs the least dollars to build.

What: Toll road being proposed to cut through Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area (specifically through Osceola county portion)

Who: Central Florida Expressway authority will decide on the fate of the construction of the road through or around Split Oak

Where:  Lake Nona High School Gymnasium, 12500 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832

When:  October 5th  5:30-7:30pm

Additional Details: Inquire with us if you can help raise awareness about what's going on. Please send a quick email to Pete Dunkelburg petedunkpi@gmail.com or Deborah Green at watermediaservices@icloud.com or 407-637-2525 or Valerie Anderson valerie@andersongeospatial.com if you plan to be help with public interest so we can provide further assistance or answer general questions.  Concerned members from Orange Audubon, Sierra club, Tarflower FNPS, and other groups are involved in this grassroots initiative. Tarflower Chapter would like people of Orange County to show support for Split Oak Forest and need the need to preserve current green spaces in ever-increasing urban sprawl. Public hearing meetings are essential for all interested parties to understand the political aspect of this controversial construction. 

Latest Update on the Osceola Parkway Extension: 

No decision has been officially made that the road may or may not go through Split Oak Forest. Osceola County wants a new multilane road, and wants part of it to go right through Split Oak Forest, which is supposed to be a parkland. Some alternate routes have been considered, but Osceola prefers the Split Oak route. This has been tentatively planned for years, and the planning continues, unsettled due to objections from Friends of Spit Oak Forest. Evidently the project is being taken over by the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) – Concept, Feasibility and Mobility Studies are analyzing locations for future toll roads.  CFX is hosting an information session on Thursday (October 5th) at the Lake Nona High School gymnasium.

One of the four projects … the Osceola Parkway Extension … will have a major impact on the Lake Nona area.  The 22-year old Split Oak Forest contains rare and endangered wildlife and is a unique environmental recreational experience for visitors and users.  It is under threat of change by the project.

Display boards will show the areas to be affected and the environmental impacts known today.  CFX consulting firm representatives will be available to explain and answer questions.  A power-point presentation will play during the event with more information.  Additional information can be found on the Expressway Authority website: https://www.cfxway.com/agency-information/plans-studies/project-studies/concept-studies/. Comment forms will be available at the event which you may complete there or take away to mail back later … but SOON!   Comments may also be registered by E-mail to ConceptStudies@CFXway.com!

This is the only chance to see the boards and ask questions in person during 2017.  Another information session is scheduled in January, 2018 … and a decision on the Studies is planned for April 2018 … just months away!

Please take the time to allow your voices to be heard and have your opinions matter.

Thursday, October 5 – Lake Nona High School Gymnasium – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – look for separate, dedicated parking areas away from the homecoming game / event. 

Additionally, if you’d like, join the Friends of Split Oak Forest Facebook page

Also, get on THIS LIST to stay informed! Write to members of the CFX board if you're inclined!

 

Synopsis of March 7th meeting at Orange County Commissioners Chambers Office:

This meeting was well-attended by concerned citizens. This issue is now being taken up to the Central Florida Expressway- which will certainly be an uphill battle due to the Expressway's broad powers that supersede the county's laws in many instances. This page will be constantly updated- please check back frequently and share with your loved ones.

 

Coverage of Split Oak:

 

Why save Split Oak from this construction:

 

 

Published on  Sep 30, 2017