The Killearn Homeowners Association (KHA) released a statement supporting the NE Gateway project ahead of a special Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) meeting.
The special IA meeting was scheduled after six elected officials voted to delay the project to address concerns voiced by several members of the community.
The IA had previously voted 8-3 to approve the project.
The KHA release states, in part, that a delay “may further jeopardize the agreements made thus far with Blueprint, we ask that you express support for voting to approve the PD&E Study.”
The full statement is provided below.
|NORTHEAST GATEWAY ACTION NEEDED DEMAND THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENT KEEP ITS COMMITMENT TO KILLEARN|
|Last year, after much work by the KHA Board, a compromise was reached between KHA and City and County Commissioners sitting as the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency, to ensure the Roberts Road connection would open before or concurrent with the Shamrock connection as part of the Northeast Gateway Project. This was adopted in a Substantial Amendment requiring a supermajority vote by Blueprint and is referred to as Corridor 1. This week, that vote is in jeopardary. A Special Meeting of Blueprint to vote on whether or not to accept the Northeast Gateway Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study will be held on June 15, 2021 at 5 PM in City Hall Chambers (and virtually). The PD&E recommends Corridor 1 (all corridor options are shown on the next page).|
From the start of the PD&E Study, KHA opposed the Northeast Gateway proposal to end the road at Shamrock as Blueprint had planned. Our opposition was based primarily on concerns related to predicted future increase in Killearn Estates’ traffic and the use of our neighborhood as a cut through for vehicles. KHA’s concerns were validated by traffic modeling data from the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency and confirmed by our own contracted traffic engineer.
The Substantial Amendment vote added a connection to Roberts Road into the current phase of the Northeast Gateway project; a change that minimized the predicted future traffic impact to Killearn Estates AND met the Northeast Gateway’s project goals of reducing traffic on Centerville and Thomasville even better than terminating the road at Shamrock. If Blueprint chooses any option other than a “No Build” option or the Corridor 1 alignment (Roberts and Shamrock), the Stubstantial Amendment we fought so hard for is at risk. As the “No Build” option is highly unlikely, your KHA Board supports Corridor 1 with the inclusion of the Roberts Road connection, assuming the predicted future traffic in Killearn Estates will be mitigated.
There are many opposed to the Northeast Gateway for reasons including concerns about how the road promotes sprawl, that development interests are pushing the project timeline, and that transportation demands may change post-pandemic. While KHA is supportive of those concerns, we are hyper-focused on minimizing future traffic impacts to our neighborhood roads. As delay to the adoption of the Northeast Gateway PD&E may further jeopardize the agreements made thus far with Blueprint, we ask that you express support for voting to approve the PD&E Study. For Corridor 1, the work is done.
IT IS URGENT THAT KILLEARN RESIDENTS ATTEND OR SUBMIT COMMENTS TO BLUEPRINT
JUNE 15, 2021, 5 PM, CITY HALL CHAMBERS
Register to speak virtually or to submit comments to Blueprint by 5 pm, June 14. More info here:
Special Intergovernmental Agency Board Meeting – Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (blueprintia.org)