Even though two city boards have rejected their plans, Thomas and Madison Brawner say they are pressing on with their proposal to turn the 107-year-old Deen House into Alta Schoolhouse, a preschool. More
City commissioners today approved changes — mostly increases — in impact fees assessed on new construction. The purpose of impact fees is to pay the costs for new roads, parks and public safety associated with new development.
But in most cases, the impact fees approved today fall short of the levels that a city consultant said would be necessary to pay for that new infrastructure. How far short? City staff estimates it’s up to $5.1 million over the next five years for transportation, parks and cultural facilities that either won’t be built or will have to depend on other funding sources. More
The evolution of food trucks from simple commissaries to rolling kitchens serving gourmet morsels has promoted the city to consider changes regulating their waste disposal. More
On Monday, city commissioners will consider updating the impact fees that dictate how much each owner of a newly constructed home, business or industry must pay to offset the cost of providing city infrastructure. More
A mishmash of parking situations dot Lakeland’s neighborhoods because land development codes do not specify driveway design for single-family and two-family housing. That could change very soon — at least for new housing. More
UPDATED 9:11 p.m. — Bill Read was re-elected to the Lakeland City Commission today, but it will take a Dec. 3 runoff to determine the victor in the other commission race on the ballot. Top vote-getters Chad McLeod and Carole Philipson face each other in a runoff because no candidate won a majority in their four-way contest. More
A city employee recently promoted to manage Lakeland Electric’s McIntosh Power Plant lied about his academic and professional credentials, and once discovered fled the state, the Lakeland Police Department reported. More
Lakeland Electric will not seek a rate increase for next year, city commissioners were told today by Joel Ivy, the utility’s general manager. That and other happenings from today’s commission meeting are summarized via LkldNow Twitter posts and photos: More
Lakeland City Commissioners today approved two land-use measures sought by The Williams Companies for their massive holdings near Florida Polytechnic University but not before saying they hope the land owners work with them on their vision for a research park in the area. More
The candidates running in the two contested City Commission races on the Nov. 5 ballot answered questions at a public forum sponsored by BRIDGE Local, a Lakeland small business networking organization. An interesting discussion takes place at about 53:00 when the candidates were asked to rank Lakeland on economic inclusion — providing a level playing field for all members of the community. Here’s video of the entire forum.