The Lakeland City Commission meets virtually Friday at 8:15 a.m. and Tuesday at 3 p.m. Friday’s meeting is a more informal discussion of topics scheduled for a vote at Tuesday’s formal business meeting. (Business meetings are typically held on Mondays but this week’s session is delayed a day because of the Labor Day holiday. Here is a preview prepared by the city Communications Department, including information on how to watch.

Find the agenda here. The public can watch meetings live on Spectrum 643, FiOS 43 and streamed on For a full live meeting broadcast schedule, visit

Agenda summaries

Public Hearings – Ordinances for 2nd Reading

This is when the public is invited to share opinions and concerns about agenda items. Second Reading of an ordinance includes a chance for public testimony and requires a vote.  There are five items on the agenda for second reading.

Items One – Voluntary Annexation of 79.6 acres in the Lakeland City limits. The property is located south of the Polk Parkway (SR 570), east of Lakeland Highlands Road and north of Winter Lake Extension. The annexation is for the future development of Orlando Health as a hospital campus. Immediate plans include the development of a 30,000 sq. ft. free-standing emergency room with a helipad and 60,000 sq. ft. of office use. Long-term plans, to be built-out over 20 years, include a 730,000 sq. ft. hospital with up to 360 beds.

Item Two –– Is an amendment to the Future Land Use Map for the 79.6-acre Orlando Health complex.  The land use map will change the property to office center. The Planning and Zoning Board approved and recommended to the City Commission that such large-scale amendment to the Future Land Use Map of the City’s Comprehensive Plan be adopted.

Item Three – Is an application for a Planned Unit Development to allow a free-standing emergency room, surgical center, medical office use, hotel and 360 bed hospital on the 79.6-acre property being annexed as the Orlando Health complex.

Item Four – Is a proposal to approve the revised boundaries of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District.

Item Five – Is a proposal to amend the City of Lakeland Employees’ Pension and Retirement Plan to amend the actuarial equivalent and required beginning date language/definitions in order to meet requirements set by the Internal Revenue Code.

There is a Resolution on the Agenda. Resolutions do not require a first or a second reading and they are typically voted on when introduced to the City Commission.  The City Commission will decide if they want to extend the resolution that requires face coverings indoors and when social distancing can’t be practiced in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There is one Miscellaneous item under Public Hearings on the agenda that relates to transportation impacts of the proposed Orlando Health medial campus. The development agreement includes traffic signals, turn lanes, traffic analysis, $300,000 during the buildout phase to assist in the Fort Fraser Trail Extension and up to $500,000 for the purchase of a new mass transit bus/transit route.

City Manager

There are two agenda items under the City Manager’s portion of the agenda. 

Item One – Task authorization with Straughn Trout Architects, LLC for Se7en Wetlands Welcome and Education Center design. The City has received grant funds from the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection to design and construct an education center for Se7en Wetlands. The educational component will highlight and promote the benefit of reusing treated wastewater while eliminating the discharge of wastewater into the Alafia River. The fee for the scope work is $141,100 which includes: architectural design, structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering services. Documents will be ready for the 2021 State grant cycle.

Items Two is a Recommendation to award Kamminga and Roodvoets, Inc, as the winning contractor for the US 92 at Wabash Avenue Intersection project. The U. 92 at Wabash Avenue intersection project will enhance this intersection by constructing an additional eastbound left-turn lane. Eastbound traffic will now have dual left-turn lanes, dual thru-lanes, and a right-turn lane. The signalization for the intersection will also be re-constructed. Sidewalk will be constructed along the north side of US 92 west of Wabash Avenue and the west side of Wabash Avenue south of US 92. Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc. provided the winning bid at $1.399,662.61.  The project will be funded through gas tax revenue and FDOT.

City Attorney – Ordinances

This portion of the agenda includes items for first reading. This is the initial introduction of an ordinance to the City Commission. Ordinances must be read once during a City Commission meeting before the meeting that they will be voted on. During the first reading of an ordinance there is no testimony and no votes are taken.

Item One is a proposed amendment to zoning that will allow commercial use on approximately 1.02 acres located north of Knights Station Road and west of Kathleen Road.

Item Two is an amendment to zoning to allow a rehabilitation hospital on approximately 8.63 acres north of Oakbridge Parkway and east of Harden Boulevard. The Planning & Zoning Board approved the request on August 18th, 2020.

Item Three is a conditional use that will allow a public charter school with a maximum enrollment of 180 students pre-K through 6th grade at 815 South Central Avenue.  The application was filed on behalf of Evangelic Deliverance Outreach Ministries, Inc.

Item Four is change in zoning to Light Industrial for property located at 1705 George Jenkins Boulevard. Planning and Zoning Board held a public hearing on July 21, 2020 to consider the request of Deibel Laboratories of Florida, Inc. to establish I-1 (Light Industrial – Limited Commercial) zoning on the .46-acre parcel.

Miscellaneous Reports

There is an approval of Kanes Golf Mediated Settlement Agreement related to the Lakeland Park Drive Connector Project. The City is seeking to acquire property from Wedgewood Golf Course for a transportation project. The two parties have been in negotiation and mediation for the property. It is recommended that the City Commission approve the Mediated Settlement Agreement with Kanes Golf of Florida, LLC in the amount of $1,000,000 and authorize the appropriate City officials to execute all instruments necessary to finalize the transaction. Transportation impact fee revenue is budgeted for this purchase in the City’s Transportation Fund.

There is an approval of the Standard Continuing Contract for land surveying services and the authority to negotiate contracts with seven firms. After review of the proposals by the Selection Committee, the following seven firms in the order in which they were ranked, have been short listed: Southeastern Surveying and Mapping Corp, George F. Young, Inc., DRMP, AIM Engineering & Surveying, Inc., CivilSurv Design Group, Chastain Skillman and SurvTech Solutions.

There is a proposed agreement for approval with Blue Sky Communities and the Lakeland Housing Authority for the Twin Lakes Estates – Phase 2 affordable housing project in an amount not to exceed $288,000 of City funds.


During the September 4th Agenda Study session, the City Commission will discuss each agenda item in detail for the upcoming September 8th City Commission Meeting. This Agenda Study session will be done remotely due to the coronavirus.  The public is invited to view the meeting live on Spectrum 643, FiOS 43 and streamed on On Tuesday, September 8th, audience participation can be done through phone with a number and access code that will be published at the beginning of the Lakeland City Commission meeting. There is no audience participation during the agenda study session.  There is a Real Estate and Transportation Committee meeting that is scheduled to start at 8:15 a.m. just before the Agenda Study session.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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