Welaunee Monitoring (Northeast Gateway) & HOA Action

Buckhead Noise Study Public Meeting

February 10, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.

Holy Comforter Episcopal School – Media Center

2001 Fleischmann Road.

Noise Study Meeting Notice 1-29-20

Draft Aux Noise Analysis Tech Memo

Leon County Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle 2020


CompPlanLandUse Map Proposed Changes Feb 2020

The Buckhead HOA succeeded in getting the following amendment revised to promote greater compatibility of any neighborhoods that may be built adjacent to Buckhead.  This revision must still go through the Joint City and County Commission.

Scroll down to meeting dates below pertaining to these proposed Comp Plan amendments.

Amendment to Policy 13.2.11 proposed by the Buckhead Neighborhood Association 

Policy 13.2.11: Compatibility. Development in the Welaunee Arch shall be compatible with Adjoining Land uses through measures including but not limited to density and height limitations, setbacks, and vegetative buffers.  Residential development in the Welaunee Arch that is adjoining or adjacent to lands in the Residential Preservation future land use map category located outside of the Welaunee Arch Boundary, and that is proposed to be developed at higher density than existing adjoining or adjacent Residential Preservation development, shall meet the following criteria:

(1) Such development shall provide a transitional development area in the higher density residential development.

(2) Development within the transitional development area shall be at a density, design, size and scale determined to be compatible with the existing development in the adjoining or adjacent existing residential preservation area.

(3) The maximum density in the transitional development area shall not exceed the maximum density allowed in the Residential Preservation land use category.

(4) The size and location of transitional development areas shall be approved at the time of site plan approval.

Deleted from this amendment was language that stated that “Existing setbacks and easements that abut Adjoining Land Uses shall be deemed to achieve compatibility even if they include man-made structures.”

This was a very important change for Buckhead.  We still  have concerns regarding the allowable density around the NE Gateway Activity Center, which is predicted to be just north of the new I-10 interchange to Buckhead’s Southeast boundary.  Read it for yourself !   We will continue to monitor related developments.  Residents should do the same.  The current proposed policy relating to this change in Land Use is below:

Policy 13.2.6: Northeast Gateway Activity Center. The Northeast Gateway Activity Center shall be a Mixed Use district located on the north side of the planned I-10 Flyover or Interchange with Welaunee Boulevard. It shall contain a diverse mixture of intensive region-serving commercial, office, hotel, and other nonresidential uses with a trade area extending beyond the Welaunee Arch. It may also contain higher-density residential and public and civic uses that can contribute to the center’s vitality and sustainability.



Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1:30 PM

Joint City-County

Commission Workshop, Fifth Floor,

Leon County Courthouse

(no public input is received, but it is informative as to the positions that commissioners may be taking toward the Land Use around Buckhead)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 6:00 PM

Joint City-County

Transmittal Public Hearing, Fifth Floor,

Leon County Courthouse


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:00 PM, (the day after Memorial Day)

Joint City-County

Adoption Public Hearing Fifth Floor,

Leon County Courthouse

Comp Plan Public Comment Form 





Posted July 22, 2019

Auxiliary Noise Study – Proposed I-10 Interchange – City of Tallahassee – 2040 Regional Transportation Plan

Excerpt from 7/23/19 Letter to Residents of Buckhead from Greg Kern, BlueprintIA Project Manager – (NO relation to Shirley Kerns)

 (See Also link to “Flyer” Below at bottom of this excerpt)

“As you may be aware, our community’s 2040 regional transportation plan proposes a new interchange on Interstate 10 (I‐10) between Thomasville Road and Highway 90/Mahan Drive. To add an interchange, an Interchange Access Request (IAR) is required by the Florida Department of Transportation to demonstrate the interchange is needed and is viable based on traffic, engineering, financial and other criteria including impacts to the community. In preparation for an IAR, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency has contracted with Atkins North America, Inc. (Atkins) to model traffic noise that would be generated by a future interchange.

Your property is located in the study area; therefore, we want to make you aware of the study and that noise monitoring activities will be taking place in or near your neighborhood. As part of this study process, Atkins staff (who will be easily recognizable in their Atkins safety vests) may need to access some properties to conduct outdoor noise monitoring activities. These noise monitoring activities are scheduled to take place sometime between July 29, 2019 and August 9, 2019. If your property is selected as a noise monitoring site, you will be notified in advance to obtain permission to access your property and to answer any questions you may have. Please be assured that if your property is selected and you give permission for noise monitoring activities to occur, the monitoring is completely unobtrusive and will take only 30 minutes.

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Northeast Gateway: Welaunee Boulevard PD&E Study is evaluating an extension of Welaunee Boulevard crossing I‐10 with an overpass. While a new interchange is not part of this project, we want to analyze the extent of noise generated by a new interchange. The noise study is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019 and results from the study will then be shared with you and the general public.

Information concerning project location, traffic noise and the upcoming study is included with this letter. If you have any questions about either the noise study or the Northeast Gateway: Welaunee Boulevard PD&E Study, please feel free to contact me at (850) 219‐1060 or Greg.Kern@blueprintia.org. For more information about the Northeast Gateway: Welaunee Boulevard PD&E Study project, visit http://www.NEGateway.com.

Noise Study Flyer

Posted:  April 2, 2019

The following is a brief outline of the observations and “take-aways” from attendance at the Blueprint IA’s “kick-off” meeting, held on March 11 regarding the NE Gateway project.  All HOA member should continue to monitor materials published on Blueprint’s website and become informed about developments in the project.

  • Estimate that there were about 300 attendees;  most were from Killearn. Stakeholders represented included property owners, businesses, schools, churches.
  • Presenters were Autumn Calder (Blueprint Director) and Ryan Wetherell (Kimley-Horn).  There were several subject matter experts in attendance to answer questions before and after the formal presentation.
  • Formal briefing addressed PD&E purpose and needs, history, schedule, and studies and evaluations.
  • Components:  Public Engagement, Engineering Concepts, Environmental Concepts.
  • Considerable attention to traffic, including data collection;  objective to provide relief on Thomasville, Centerville, and Miccosukee Roads.
  • Looking out 30 years to accommodate future growth and development.
  • Project is one of 27 being funded by penny sales tax dollars.
  • All were encouraged to remain engaged and to participate early to help shape outcomes.
  • Bridge and potential interchange will be a subsequent project; will be about six years (2025-2026)  before they “dive into” interchange project.
  • While not in the scope of the PD&E, they will be conducting a “behind the scenes” look at the interchange, including topics and concerns that we have addressed in our prior meetings.
  • PD&E estimated completion is June 2020; will produce 30% design.
  • May start to see road traffic in 2024.
  • There will be a future public meeting in November and public hearing in about a year.

Posted:  March 19, 2019

In response to the inaccurate reference in today’s Tallahassee Democrat newspaper, concerning the proposed current path of the extension of Welaunee Blvd from Fleischman to Shamrock, we requested that the Editor of the Democrat promptly publish a correction.  Below is the paper’s reply today:

We took the extraordinary step of placing the correction at the top of the article which will live online for perpetuity. Feel free to circulate the link to your members. 

Here is the link. 


We will also be placing a correction inside the paper on the page adjacent to where the story ran. It will run in the same size the original error occurred. “

William Hatfield

Executive Editor, Tallahassee Democrat


Posted: February 24, 2019

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (Blueprint) invites the public to attend a  kick-off meeting regarding the Northeast Gateway: Welaunee Boulevard PD&E Study.  The meeting will be Monday, March 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT at the Holy Comforter Episcopal School, Student Center/Gymnasium, 2001 Fleischmann Road, Tallahassee.

The objective of the project:  The objective of the Northeast Gateway: Welaunee Boulevard PD&E Study is to evaluate extending Welaunee Boulevard approximately 5 miles from Fleischmann Road, over Interstate 10 to Centerville Road at Shamrock Street along with consideration of side street connections and an extension of the Miccosukee Greenway.

The Purpose of this Meeting:  This meeting is being held to provide interested persons an opportunity to learn about the project and express their views concerning the project. There will be a brief presentation, and maps, drawings, and other information will be on display. Blueprint representatives and project team members will be available to explain proposed improvements, answer questions, and receive comments.  Additional project information is available and can be viewed on the project website at www.NEGateway.com.

Should you have any questions regarding the project or this meeting, please contact Greg Kern, AICP, Project Manager at (850) 219-1060 or via email at Greg.Kern@BlueprintIA.org.


Posted:  July 2, 2018

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) Board of Directors met on June 21, 2018 in the City Commission Chambers to discuss the Northeast Gateway Project and to awarding the outside consulting contract for the Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study.

Present from Buckhead as observers for this meeting were Shirley Kerns, Brooke Hallock, Kathleen Daly and Chuck Morris.  Cari Roth, of Dean, Meade & Dunbar,  was also present to make make a presentation on Buckhead’s behalf expressing the HOA’s concerns about the impacts (noise, light, traffic, storm water drainage, environment, safety) relating to the extension of Welaunee Boulevard which includes a new I-10 interchange as well as impacts that the anticipated future development of the “arch” (reference to a section on the Northeast Gateway Project map)  would have on our neighborhood.

Prior to the meeting Ms. Roth met individually with the Blueprint staff and IA Board members soliciting their support to expand the scope of the PD&E study to include not only an evaluation the potential location and configuration of the interchange but also the considerations and actions to mitigate the impacts on Buckhead.    Mr. Roth’s efforts paid dividends as the IA Board approved the inclusion in the PD&E study of the additional impact considerations raised by the Buckhead HOA as identified above.

During the board discussions the IA Board members expressed their appreciation for our early involvement in the process and made a commitment that they would consider our concerns, as well as those of other stakeholders, as the projects moves forward.  After the meeting adjourned we met individually with several board members, the Blueprint staff, and staff from Kimley-Horn, the consulting firm that is contracted to conduct the study.  Their comments were universally very encouraging and we left feeling that that our voices were heard and that Buckhead would be afforded the opportunity to participate in the planning process.    The study is expected to take between 12 – 15 months to complete.

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Below in an excerpt from the City of Tallahassee’s Request for Proposal soliciting a consulting firm to conduct a study relating to the “Northeast Gateway , Phase I, Welaunee Boulevard Project – Blueprint 2020”.     The firm of Kimley-Horn was recently awarded this work and will be coordinating closely with staff of Blueprint IA and the Intergovernmental Agency Board (city and county commissioners), and other stakeholders on this study/project.

The Northeast Gateway, Phase 1, Welaunee Boulevard Project is a Blueprint 2020 sales tax extension infrastructure project that is estimated to cost $47 million. At the February 29, 2016 meeting, the Intergovernmental Agency (IA) Board directed staff to move forward with development of a funding strategy for the Northeast Gateway, Phase 1, which includes the construction of Welaunee Boulevard north to the proposed Shamrock Street extension intersection with Centerville Road. Subsequently, the IA Board approved a funding strategy at its September 12, 2016 meeting, which included the leveraging of City of Tallahassee Bid RFQ-027-18-RT 3/30/2018 12:11 PM p. 44 RFP SOW Template partnerships between Ox Bottom Mortgage Holdings, LLC (“Ox Bottom”), Powerhouse Inc., Blueprint, and the Florida Department of Transportation. At that time, Blueprint staff was also directed to proceed with the PD&E and design for the Northeast Gateway, Phase 1, Welaunee Boulevard Project contingent upon execution of a partnership agreement (JPA) to construct the Dove Pond Regional Stormwater Facility (RSF) which was subsequently finalized in August 2017.
The Northeast Gateway, Phase 1, Welaunee Boulevard PD&E Study will evaluate extending Welaunee Boulevard from Fleischmann Road, over I-10 to Centerville Road at Shamrock Street, a distance of approximately 5 miles. A proposed I-10 interchange at the Welaunee crossing of I-10, will be evaluated in a future Interchange Justification Report and separate PD&E Study. The proposed Welaunee Boulevard Extension typical section is a four-lane divided arterial roadway inclusive of sidewalks and multi-use trails. The standard right of way being planned for the facility is 120-140 feet. The Project includes a new Welaunee Greenway that would connect with the Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway (MCRG) and cross I-10 on a proposed pedestrian/bicycle bridge, and is included in the local government land use and transportation plans. With the exception of a portion of the Welaunee
Greenway, the Project is located inside the Urban Services Area on lands planned for urban development since 1990. Community benefits from the Northeast Gateway, Phase 1, Welaunee Boulevard Project include:

— Welaunee Boulevard will relieve congestion and potentially avoid costs for upgrades at Thomasville Road and U.S. 90.

— Welaunee Boulevard will relieve congestion on Miccosukee and Centerville Roads, two scenic and protected canopy roads.

—The mixed-use centers throughout the 7,000-acre Welaunee Critical Planning Area will become additional magnets for economic development.

— The Welaunee Greenway, with an iconic footbridge across I-10 and connected to the
Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway, will ultimately create a 17-mile trail loop.

This Scope of Services provides for both the Project Development and Environment Study and Design Phase (optional) for the Northeast Gateway, Phase 1, Welaunee Boulevard Project. The work will take place in two phases. Phase I is the PD&E Study and Phase II is the Design. Some tasks, such as survey, may be accomplished early in the PD&E phase and the resulting data will be used throughout the project.
Work on Phase II, Design, may be authorized to begin upon authorization by the AGENCY. A Supplemental Agreement and written notice to proceed will be executed prior to starting work on the  Phase II Design work.

Visit these related links to read more about this topic.

Welaunee Possible Roadway Network-2016 Kimley-Horn

TalGov Project Update Info