east altamonte springs sunrail area plan 

Seminole County, Florida

Renaissance developed a detailed station area master plan for the SunRail commuter rail station in Altamonte Springs. The work focused on the northeastern quadrant of the station in unincorporated Seminole County, and was funded through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Sustainability Implementation Grant awarded to the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.

Renaissance undertook an extensive community engagement process to ensure all residents were aware of the potential changes associated with the new transit station and that they had a say in how their neighborhood grows over the next 20 years.  We also wanted to develop the station area plan in ways that support the existing neighborhood, improve access to jobs, ensure fair housing opportunity and provide local employment opportunities. 

Renaissance held working group meetings with key community leaders several times over the course of the project and attended numerous community events to speak with residents. We also held a few one-on-one meetings with community leaders and developed a series of video montages sharing the opinions of residents.  Renaissance organized an open house with more than 80 neighborhood residents attending to show support of the final plan. 

The final plan includes a market and housing analysis, development of three alternative scenarios, and preparation of a master plan, development guidelines and principles to enable transit-oriented development to occur that reflects the perspectives and respects the character of the existing neighborhood.