Overview

The Town of Lake Park is interested in developing various mixed-use sub districts within the already established and soon-to-be re-established mixed-use land use designation along the east and west sides of the Federal Highway corridor in the Town of Lake Park.  The corridor extends from Silver Beach Road (to the south), Palmetto Drive (to the north), 2nd Street (to the west) and Lake Shore Drive (to the east).
>> View the Study Area Here <<

The Town is considering options for a mixed use corridor along US-1

Purpose and Intent:
Is to encourage infill, redevelopment, and streetscape improvements to achieve the following:

  • Provide sense of place
  • Provide physical and functional integration from the west side of Federal Highway to Lakeshore Drive
  • Enhance pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular accessibility and connectivity
  • Establish an overall development pattern that is compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods and enhances the character of the community
  • Encourage preservation of potentially historic resources
  • Enhance the existing public spaces, waterfront and marina
  • Diversify the Town’s tax base in order to better position the Town in the future in its ability to provide services to its residents

What is a Mixed Use District?

Key terms and definitions
Land Use: The designation of land for a general purpose. For example, commercial, residential, or industrial.
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Zoning: Allowing certain activities/uses within a specified area, or district. For Example, retail shops, or business offices in an area with an overarching “commercial” land use designation.
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Mixed-Use: The combination of two or more distinct land uses within one development, such as commercial with residential.

A Brief History of Mixed Use
Since the 1990’s, many cities, towns and villages have been incorporating mixed use development options to boost their economies and give ample activities and services to its citizens.

Positives Aspects

  • Greater housing variety
  • Reduced distances between housing, workplaces, retail businesses, and other destinations
  • More compact development and land-use synergy
  • Strong neighborhood character and sense of place
  • Walkable, bike-able neighborhoods
  • Increased accessibility
  • Resilient communities

Vision
The proposed Federal Highway Mixed Use District is envisioned as an area that will provide a destination with, “work, live, and play” type uses such as employment, retail, housing, public spaces, and recreation, while maintaining its hometown marina character.

Setting the grounds for the progress and future of Lake Park!

Why?
>> View the Existing Conditions Analysis Here. <<
A few reasons for this project:

  • Increase private investment (tax base) to support the Town’s financial needs
  • Multiple vacancies and untapped potential in aging buildings
  • Unattractive appearance
  • The need to maximize the waterfront/marina area and park areas (Town assets)
  • Develop a greater sense of place
  • Create comfortable pedestrian ways – Increase connectivity/accessibility
  • Provide a comfortable outdoor space for residents and visitors
Idea
Take a look at the Potential Improvements >>Here<< & Proposed Master Plan >>Here<< & the Federal Highway Mixed Use District Existing Conditions Analysis Report
A successful corridor would be:

  • Visually attractive
  • Busy/ Diverse
  • Low vacancy
  • Well known, a landmark
  • Active
  • Vibrant
  • Comfortable
Study Area Strengths/ Assets
Good location

  • Near residential, public, and commercial zoning districts
  • Major corridor going through multiple municipalities (US1)
  • Waterfront properties
  • Open Space and Green
  • Town Marina
  • Kelsey Park
  • Attractive sites for tourists and residents
  • Recreational areas
  • Familiarity
  • Historic area (properties) act as a draw
  • Well-known corridor to locals
  • Easily accessible

Public Involvement Process

The public involvement process has been competed for this project. For more information on the results of these meetings, please visit the documents page.

The Lake Park Town Commission, Lake Park Planning & Zoning Board and staff are committed to involving our residents, businesses, civic leaders, and other stakeholders in the establishment of the Federal Highway Mixed Use District, as it has been doing over the last few years. This is our last 12-month attempt to finalize the vision so that it can be incorporated. Working together through a series of public meetings and workshops, we hope to build a consensus for a shared vision.

Public Involvement: Stakeholder Interviews and Public Meetings – RMA and staff have initiated the creation and implementation of a public involvement process to present planning concepts, obtain community input and record multiple points of input to articulate the community’s vision. In the first part of the public involvement process, individual stakeholder meetings will be held with key business and property owners, neighborhood representatives, Town Commissioners and Planning and Zoning Board Members. Additionally, public meetings will be held either at Town Hall or accessible locations to the project area where the public will be invited to discuss ideas and learn about the project as it evolves.

Take a look at the Proposed Improvements >>Here<< & Proposed Master Plan >>Here<<

Opportunities for Input
  • Attend Local Planning Agency, Planning and Zoning Board, and Town Commission Meetings
  • Individual stakeholder interviews
  • General public kick-off meeting (noticed at least 14 days in advance on website, local Chanel 18, and with direct mail to owners within the project area)
  • West and East Side Federal Highway public meetings (noticed at least 14 days in advance on website, local Chanel 18, and with direct mail to owners within the project area)

What is the role of the public in the development of a mixed use district?

  • Key input on the needs and desires of the community
  • Site specific strengths/weaknesses/opportunities
  • Inside information of Town culture and history

Project Steps

>>View the Project Timeline Here<<

  1. Existing Conditions, Data, and Parcel Analysis
  2. Public Involvement: Stakeholder Interviews and Public Meetings
  3. Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments (setting the policies for redevelopment)
  4. Draft Zoning Amendments (setting the land development regulations for redevelopment)
  5. Public Involvement: Public Meeting
  6. Public Hearings
  7. Marketing Event to promote the adopted regulations for the corridor redevelopment

Why should I invest in Lake Park (for developers)?

  • Proposed land development regulations that will match market conditions and enhance the feasibility of private development in the area
  • Strong market potential for commercial and residential uses with real estate value and opportunity
  • Ability to create a mixed use environment that is livable, walkable, and enhances quality of life
  • Existing waterfront location with Marina and boat launch facilities
  • Large waterfront public park
  • The corridor is anchored by a unique and historic downtown
  • Federal Highway improvements are a planning priority of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Located on a major north-south commercial corridor (US 1) east of I-95
  • Great open and public spaces such as Kelsey Park, Lake Park Harbor Marina and downtown for current and future residents
  • Supportive Town leadership with a desire for mixed use redevelopment

Why should I participate in the process?

  • Affect things you do every day
  • You see the potential to redevelop Lake Park’s waterfront and want to contribute, ensuring a compatible, community-type plan is developed.
  • You know what “works in Lake Park”

How can I get Involved?