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Apopka seeks planning consultant to update Land Development Code

The City of Apopka wants to hire a planning firm to lead its comprehensive update of the city's Land Development regulations.

Officials see Apopka as a fast-growing city with many opportunities for economic development and placemaking in the coming years, but progress on those fronts could be delayed because the city's Land Development Code (LDC) hasn't been updated or brought into conformance with the current Comprehensive Plan, and a Citywide Vision Plan.

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The city needs help to develop a new set of codes to address current and future development.

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A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) published earlier this week details how Apopka wants to select a planning firm to serve as consultant for a specific period of time. The length of contract and pay rate would be negotiated with finalist selections.

Submittals for RFQ #2016-10 are due by 2 p.m. on July 1 to city clerk Linda Goff, at 120 E. Main St.

The city wants its new LDC to be user-friendly, and easy to read, understand and interpret by all; to be simpler, more flexible and easily administered by staff; illustrated with considerable graphic depictions of requirements and concepts detailed in the code; innovative and creative in its approach to land-use regulations; a source of unique and distinctive gateways and major thoroughfares throughout the city; and be built upon small-town design principles and best practices found throughout the country.

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The planning consultant will be asked to review and assess land use regulations in the City Code of Ordinances; identify potential changes to the LDC and prepare updates to it while educating city officials and staff; consider sustainable development practices, design features and form-based code approaches; prepare updates to the city's zoning map that may come as a result of LDC changes; design, host and maintain a website dedicated to the project to allow the community to follow its progress, and offer comment.

The city will establish a committee to rank the most qualified submissions, and then negotiate a contract with the top ranked firms. The ranking evaluation process will be weighed in favor of the applicant's project approach description, and past performance on similar work.

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