About 25 people showed up to a Killearn Homeowners Association (KHA) meeting on Tuesday that featured a visit from Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge and officials from the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency.
The topic of discussion was the Northeast Gateway.
The Northeast Gateway project, which formally began with a kick-off meeting a couple of weeks ago with 288 signed-in attendees, proposes to connect Shamrock Street with a new road called Welaunee Blvd.
Killearn Estates residents are concerned that the project will increase traffic through their neighborhood.
Desolge, whose district represents much of northeast Leon County, explained the structure of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency and encouraged Killearn Estates residents to get engaged and offer critical feedback on the project.
He told the meeting attendees that the project is in the information gather stage and that “nothing is set in stone.”
He also said that he, like other elected officials, will not have an official vote on the project for months.
The Blueprint officials in attendance reiterated some of the same points made during the kick-off meeting, mainly that over the next six months the traffic analysis, public input, and other information will go into determining what the final project looks like.
KHA board member Gloria Arias discussed previous attempts by local government to use Killearn Estates as a way to move more traffic and said, “we do not want to be the answer to the City’s traffic problems.”
The KHA board had previously voted to oppose the project as it has been presented.
A number of speakers discussed concerns centered around increased traffic, property values, and safety.
Blueprint officials laid out the public engagement process over the next six months that will lead to an “alternatives” meeting.
The process will include more informal public meetings in areas impacted by the project. Also, beginning around June, a series of three meetings with appointed stakeholders will be held to go over available information.
The process will end, approximately six months from now, with an “alternatives” meeting which will decide the fate of the project.
KHA President David Ferguson said another meeting would be scheduled for Killearn Estates residents to discuss there concerns over the project at a larger venue sometime in April.