Lake Wales Envisioned

City commission adopted Resolution 2023-18 – Lake Wales Envisioned. It will serve as general guide for future development decisions. The City is experiencing a historic period of renewal and the potential for significant growth. 

Back in January 2023, City Commission adopted Resolution 2023-02, Planning in Progress, establishing Aspirations for the “Lake Wales Envisioned” effort. City Commissioners, staff and consultants conducted several public workshops to capture ideas and feedback from the community.  

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Big Green Network

City staff and consultants recently conducted a land-use study that evaluated the natural lands within and around the municipal service area. A map was created to illustrate the network of land that may preserve biological diversity, protect wetlands, and listed wildlife and native plants. 

The Big Green Network lies on the east and west sides of the City. Two potential neighborhood green networks were also identified in the City’s long-range plan, Lake Wales Envisioned.  

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Community Engagement & Input

"Lake Wales Envisioned" Charrette Week took place in April 2023. Citizens got the chance to meet with the planning team and participate in a variety of in-person and online work sessions geared to identify common goals for land-use throughout the city and its surrounding utility service area.

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A Best Practices Symposium Community Meeting was held at the Bok Tower Auditorium on March 20th to kick-off the planning process for Lake Wales Envisioned! Citizen's got the chance to engage with City staff and project planners.

On April 15, the "Hands-on-Design Session” featured an in-depth presentation followed by mapping and visioning exercises at tables. Citizens rolled up their sleeves and marked up maps, drew out ideas, and presented their recommendations to all of the attendees.

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An "Open Planning Studio" took place on April 14. Citizens stopped by to share ideas and check on the progress of the planning team. It gave many people the opportunity to ensure the work being created is a proper reflection of the community’s vision.

City staff thanks our project sponsor who helped promote and provide event support for the Lake Wales Envisioned initiative.