The East Mims Neighborhood Plan - Draft

April 28, 2003

The East Mims Neighborhood Plan 2003


  • View of Brevard County Vision and Mission Statement:
  • Questions and comments can be directed to:

Alan Woolwich, Senior Planner

Brevard County Planning and Zoning Office

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Viera, FL 32940

321-633-2069

321-633-2074 Fax

alan.woolwich@countygovt.brevard.fl.us

Sam Dettra

Brevard County Department of

Housing and Human Services

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Viera, FL 32940

321-633-2076

321-633-2036Fax

sam.dettra@countygovt.brevard.fl.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. BUSINESS & BUSINESS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • *Pursue the development of a business skills center and business incubator with existing incubator programs being created in Brevard County. Secure a temporary location for the program in the neighborhood;
  • *Conduct a preliminary feasibility analysis for creating a permanent neighborhood skills center and incubator location in or near the neighborhood;
  • *Development and support of a consistent annual summer employment program for youth and young adults;
  • *Encourage the development and expansion of business in and around the neighborhood that is compatible with the existing residential character;
  • *Improve revenue streams to the neighborhood by hosting more, and improving, neighborhood festivals and events;
  • *Conduct preliminary market analysis to determine the cost and feasibility of developing commercial uses on Main Street and U.S. 1;
  • Facilitate the strategic provision of utilities and infrastructure to support new business development;
  • Conduct feasibility study to determine the cost and location of alternative wastewater treatment facilities for commercial areas along the village center on Main Street and U.S. 1. This will support the development of a neighborhood Laundromat, a traditional sit down restaurant, and other neighborhood commercial uses;
  • Ensure that the proper zoning is in place in the Village Center along Main Street and U.S. 1 to facilitate the development and expansion of neighborhood business in a manner compatible with existing residential character;
  • Establish and expand public and private partnerships to create employment and economic development opportunities in the neighborhood. Establish a formal non-profit organization to further pursue program funding options;
  • Conduct further analysis in the development of a neighborhood trades park to allow tradesman and service providers a base of operations for small business enterprises;
  • Educate residents about home based businesses and occupations. Design and construct live & work units for productive home based business operations. Construct a model unit in Village Center Area.

 

 

 

 

Coordinating and Responding Agencies or Organizations: Brevard County;

Planning and Zoning Office, Public Works Department, Permitting and Enforcement Department, Housing and Human Services Department, Workforce Brevard.

Measurable Results:

  • Begin immediate coordination with appropriate agencies and corporations to develop and implement a summer employment program for neighborhood youth. Program in place for Summer 2003 and 2004.

 

2. SENIORS

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • Establishment and or access to:
  • *More Localized Neighborhood Health and Mental Health Care;
  • More Neighborhood based Elder Care Programs;
  • Improved Transportation to existing programs.

Measurable Results:

  • Conduct a comprehensive survey of all senior citizens in the neighborhood and implement relevant program activities that bring these seniors to the Cuyler Community Center within 9 months.

 

3. YOUTH PROGRAMS

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • *Pursue the development of a business skills center and business incubator for youth and young adults. Secure a temporary location for the program in the neighborhood;
  • *Conduct a preliminary feasibility analysis for creating a permanent neighborhood skills center and incubator location in or near the neighborhood;
  • *Establishment and Funding of More Year Round Youth Recreation Programs;
  • Establish and expand public and private partnerships to create employment and economic development opportunities for youth and young adults in the neighborhood. Establish a formal non-profit organization to further pursue program funding options;

4. TRANSPORTATION

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • *Speeding & Traffic Calming;
  • *Improve Sidewalks & Streetscape Landscaping;
  • More School Bus & Transit Stops;
  • Fix Potholes & Improve Streets;
  • Improve Transit & Bus Service and Schedules;
  • Conduct U.S. 1 Safety Studies and Improvements;
  • Plan, Design and Build Greenways & Trails.

TRANSPORTATION-STREET REPAIR PROJECTS

  • *Orange
  • *Pineapple
  • *H. T. Moore
  • *East Main St.
  • Myrtle
  • Wiley

Coordinating and Responding Agencies or Organizations: Brevard County;

Brevard MPO Transportation Planning, Public Safety Department; Public Works Department, Housing and Human Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida DOT, and Florida Power and Light.

Measurable Results:

  • Design, upgrade, installation and maintenance of neighborhood street lighting on designated streets within 18 months;
  • Installation of traffic calming devices on local streets where needed within 24 months;
  • Create safer pedestrian crossings at designated intersections within 12 months;
  • Construction of Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails connecting major neighborhood landmarks and service areas as alternatives to walking and biking on major streets within 24 to 36 months.

 

  1. BEAUTIFICATION

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • *Establishment of Routine Maintenance Schedule for County and FDOT Rights of Way RE: Mowing, Trimming, Edging, Litter, Mulching, Planting;
  • *Maintenance of vacant lots and homes;
  • *Install and Maintain Litter Cans, Post Areas;
  • Construct and Plant Gateways, Main Street;
  • Plan, Acquire, Design, and Construct or Renovate Pocket Parks;
  • Preserve, Maintain, and Plant Shade Trees;
  • Plant Major Street Corridors. Main Street, H.T. Moore;
  • Protect Existing Vegetation.

Coordinating and Responding Agencies or Organizations: Brevard County;

  • Public Works Department, Housing and Human Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Extension Services Office, Natural Resources Management Office, Solid Waste Management Office.

Measurable Results:

  • Design and begin implementation of a gateway and streetscape tree and vegetation planting and maintenance program within 9 months;
  • Implementation of public litter receptacle maintenance program within 6 months.

  1. H.T. MOORE AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • *Establish a schedule for final project design and construction;
  • *Hold a workshop on the final project design regarding reducing travel lane widths to avoid property impacts and provide additional traffic calming;
  • *Preserve existing shade trees along the full length of the street corridor. Plant new shade and specimen trees along with ground level landscaping to create a pedestrian friendly environment and provide for traffic calming. Choose strategic priority locations for plantings. Design should include low maintenance and drought tolerant vegetation. Routine maintenance schedule to be established.
  • Avoid the need for additional easements by reducing project impacts on private property;
  • Design key intersections to resolve speeding issues and promote a safer pedestrian environment;
  • Improve street lighting on the full length of the H.T. Moore corridor. Install lighting that promotes neighborhood character and is pedestrian oriented. Determine lighting type designs and priority locations. Create a project list and map.

  1. PARKS & RECREATION

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • *New Park Facilities with Pool;
  • *More Youth Recreation Programs;
  • *Renovate and Clean Up Existing Parks;
  • Make Parks Safer, Including Additional Lighting and Improved Pedestrian and Bicycle Access;
  • Complete H.T. Moore Historic Site; Link the site to the North Brevard Regional Greenway and Trail System.

Coordinating and Responding Agencies or Organizations: Brevard County;

Brevard MPO Transportation Planning, Public Safety Department; Public Works Department, Housing and Human Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department.

Measurable Results:

  • Immediate design, coordination, and implementation of programs and activities that bring more neighborhood residents to the Woody Simpson Community Center. New and or enhanced activities bring more residents to the center within 9 months;
  • Installation of landscape and physical improvements at the Woody Simpson Center within 12 months.

 

 

8. UTILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • *Repair all potholes regularly;

  • Establish a detailed map and project list for the development and expansion of potable water, drainage, and electric utilities;

  • Clean all blocked drains regularly;

  • Install new storm drains where needed. Create a project location map;

  • Resolve flooding of on street parking spaces. Create a project location map.

Coordinating and Responding Agencies or Organizations: Brevard County;

Brevard MPO Transportation Planning, Public Safety Department, Public Works Department, Housing and Human Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Regional Stormwater Utility Department, Water Resources Department, Permitting and Enforcement Department, Florida Power and Light, and City of Cocoa Water Utilities Department.

Measurable Results:

  • Clean and maintain all catch basins and drainage pipes in the neighborhood within 6 months;
  • Install new sanitary sewer lines along the West Lucas and Bevis Street area;
  • Creation of requested utility and infrastructure master plan maps within 6 months;
  • Begin immediate repair to existing potholes and sidewalks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. HOUSING

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • *Ensure that the future residential development of rural lands surrounding East Mims are developed as single family neighborhoods that preserve rural character;
  • *Encourage new residential construction along the Village Center corridor on Main Street. Promote the use of compatible Live and Work Units;
  • Promote and accelerate the renovation or replacement of residential units;
  • Encourage the Renovation and Improvement Housing Authority Residences and Grounds at the Village Center;
  • Educate residents about the use of accessory cottages for family use.

Coordinating and Responding Agencies or Organizations: Brevard County;

Brevard County Housing Authority, Housing and Human Services Department, Permitting and Enforcement Department, Planning and Zoning Office.

Measurable Results:

  • Within one month Brevard County Housing Authority routinely to conduct bi-weekly assessments of their properties in the neighborhood for landscaping upkeep and correct all unkempt lawns and landscaping areas within one week of inspection;
  • Construction of six new single family homes per year as residential infill housing until vacant lots and lands in single family zoning classifications are built out;
  • Amend zoning codes and maps to facilitate only new single family home construction in the neighborhood within 18 months.

 

  1. NUISANCE & SAFETY ISSUES

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • Seek positive long term resolutions to the following neighborhood beautification and nuisance issues:
  • Roaming animals & pets;
  • Noise and odors from animals and pets;
  • Improve the appearance of yards from the street. Routine yard cleaning;
  • Reduction of noise from cars and stereos;
  • Permanent traffic calming solutions to reduce speeding on neighborhood streets.

Coordinating and Responding Agencies or Organizations: Brevard County;

Brevard MPO Transportation Planning, Public Safety Department; Public Works Department, Permitting and Enforcement Department, Housing and Human Services Department, Mosquito Control Department, Natural Resources Management Office, Solid Waste Management Office, Regional Stormwater Utility Department, Animal Services and Enforcement Department, and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Measurable Results:

  • Within 6 months time begin routine maintenance and repair to all public neighborhood drainage and retention facilities and associated easements and Right of Way. Includes Scraping, Dredging, Mowing, Adjusting Culverts, Mowing, Slope and Soil Stabilization, Removal of Exotic Vegetation, and Replanting of Native Vegetation. All major improvements to be completed within 18 months.
  • Installation and weekly maintenance of litter receptacles in strategic locations in the neighborhood within 6 months;
  • Reduced speeding from installation of traffic calming devices on local streets where needed within 24 months.

  1. LAND USES &ZONING

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

  • Establish proper zoning and land use codes to facilitate:
  • *Neighborhood Commercial/Restaurant, and a laundromat;
  • Village Center Mixed Use Development;
  • Growth & Development while protecting rural character;
  • Parks & Recreation;
  • Skills Center;
  • Business Incubator;
  • Trades and Service Business Park;
  • Safe Light and Heavy Industrial development;
  • Resolve Non-Conformities and incompatible land uses. Direct neighborhood compatible commercial development to Village Center and U.S. 1 Corridor;
  • U.S. 1 Commercial Corridor Improvements.

Coordinating and Responding Agencies or Organizations: Brevard County;

Planning and Zoning Office, and Housing and Human Services Department.

Measurable Results:

  • Zoning codes and maps amended to maintain and facilitate single family development and compatible commercial development in the neighborhood within 18 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST MIMS

NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING SURVEY RESULTS

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

Below are the results of the neighborhood survey conducted in the Spring of 2002 to gather opinions regarding planning priorities in the neighborhood. Of the 200 surveys circulated 52 were completed and returned. First number indicates the number of individual responses to an issue or need. The second number is the percentage of those 52 who responded to a specific issue or need.

  1. What problems or issues, if any, do you feel need the most attention from the County to
  2. improve the neighborhood as a desirable place to live and work?

    Crime/Drugs/Violence/Safety 41 79%

    Roads/Streets/Potholes 34 65%

    Downtown/Village Center Development 20 38%

    Parks and Recreation 19 37%

    Growth & Development 17 33%

  3. What specific park or recreation issues or needs, if any, are there in your neighborhood?
  4. More Recreational Programs 35 67%

    Clean up the Parks 16 31%

    Make Parks Safer 13 25%

    Fix Park Equipment 13 25%

    New Park 13 25%

  5. What specific traffic or transportation issues or needs, if any, are there in your neighborhood?

Street Lighting/Better Lighting 36 69%

Sidewalks and Landscaping 29 56%

Wider Streets/Fix Potholes 26 50%

Speeding/Traffic Calming Methods 15 29%

Bus/Public Transport/Mass Transit 14 27%

  1. In your opinion, what neighborhood streets or local roads, if any, need the most work or attention? Please list.
  2. Pineapple 19 37%

    Orange 16 31%

    None/No needs 12 23%

    H.T. Moore Ave. 10 19%

    East Main Street 6 12%

    Myrtle 3 6%

     

     

     

  3. What specific crime issues or problems, if any, are there in your neighborhood?
  4. Drugs/Drug Trade 36 69%

    Juvenile Crime 15 29%

    Need More Police or More Patrols 14 27%

    Theft/Burglary 12 23%

    None/No Needs 9 17%

  5. What specific nuisances or possible code violations, if any, are there in your neighborhood?
  6. Animal Control/Barking Dogs 27 52%

    Abandoned houses or lots 24 46%

    Littering 22 42%

    Yards Need Cleaning/Landscaping 19 37%

    Speeding 13 25%

  7. What specific drainage issues or problems, if any, are there in your neighborhood?
  8. Fill or fix potholes 23 44%

    Blocked Drains/Clean The Drains 11 21%

    None/No Needs 10 19%

    Need New Drains or Ditches 9 17%

    No Opinion 9 17%

  9. What specific recycling or solid waste issues or needs, if any, are there in your neighborhood?
  10. Garbage on the streets 27 52%

    Need garbage cans or throw cans 16 31%

    Need new or more recycling bins 15 29%

    Need garbage pick up more often 13 25%

    Garbage pick up not on time 12 23%

  11. What specific human or social service needs, if any, are there in your neighborhood?
  12. Youth programs or facilities 35 67%

    After school programs or facilities 31 60%

    Elder care programs or facilities 19 37%

    Daycare programs or facilities 18 35%

    Transportation 17 33%

    Healthcare programs or facilities 15 29%

     

     

     

     

  13. What specific environmental issues or needs, if any, are there in your neighborhood?

Litter/Trash/Clean Up 32 62%

Bugs/Mosquitoes 27 52%

Toxic Waste/EPA 11 21%

Car pollution/Emissions 9 17%

None/No needs 8 15%

11. What county-owned facilities throughout Brevard County, if any, need to be renovated or

replaced?

No Opinion 21 40%

Playing fields/Courts 17 33%

Parks/Boat Ramps/Bike Lanes 14 27%

Libraries 13 25%

Schools 7 13%

  1. If the County addressed three issues in your neighborhood, what would you want them to
  2. be?

    Streets or Lighting 25 48%

    Crime/Drugs/Safety 24 46%

    Keeping Area Clean or Maintained 23 44%

    Youth Activities/Daycare 15 29%

    Sidewalks and Landscaping 14 27%

    Parks & Recreation 12 23%

  3. What three things do you feel the County government does the best in your neighborhood?

Parks & Recreation 17 33%

Schools 12 23%

Crime/Drugs/Safety 12 23%

No Opinion 15 29%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What is your level of agreement with the following statement:

"As a County, Brevard is headed in the right direction in dealing with issues in my neighborhood."

Strongly Disagree 9 17%

Disagree 11 21%

Neither 5 10%

Agree 15 29%

Strongly Agree 5 10%

No Opinion 7 13%

Disagree 20 38%

Neither 5 10%

Agree 20 38%

No Opinion 7 13%

Results of Demographic Questions.

D1. Gender? Male 12 23%

Female 28 54%

No Response 12 23%

D2. How many years have you lived in your neighborhood?

Six Years and Under 1 2%

Six to Ten Years 9 17%

Ten Years or More 29 56%

0 — 10 1

11 — 20 10

21 — 30 5

31 — 40 4

41 — 50 1

51 — 60 3

61 — 70 1

Average Years Living In Neighborhood by Responder = 30 Years

Total Years of Living In Neighborhood From Responses = 835 Years

D3. What is your age group?

Under 35 12 23%

35 — 44 9 17%

45 — 54 6 12%

55 — 64 8 15%

65+ 7 13%

D4. What street or block do you live on?

Responded (From 15 Streets) 38 73%

No Response 14 27%

H.T. Moore 12, Orange 6, Hickory Circle 4, Myrtle 4, Pineapple 3, Wiley, Jefferson, Cypress, Bethune, Carver, Mortimer, Militia, Kennedy, The Hot Block

Comments:

29 Comments from 22 Survey Forms

 

 

East Mims Civic League Event Survey Results

Easter Weekend 2002

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

Responses to 57 Surveys Conducted During Easter Parade.

Location: Intersection of Harry T. Moore & East Main Street

East Mims, Florida

Reasons for attending East Mims Easter Weekend Events?:

Easter Parade 41 72% Of Those Surveyed

Family/Relative Visit 18 32%

Church Services 13 23%

Visit Friends 13 23%

Family Dinner/Picnic 10 18%

Friends Dinner/Picnic 9 16%

Family/Friend Breakfast 4 7%

Volunteer Work 3 5%

Sports Events 3 5%

Local Foods/Fruits 2 3%

Local Restaurants 2 3%

Other 2 3%

Visit Cemetery 1 1%

Local Shops 1 1%

Local Fishing 1 1%

Neighborhood Events or Services You Would Like To See During Easter Break Week, Or at Other Times?:

Fish Fry 29 51% Of Those Surveyed

Live Music (Blues/Jazz) 20 35%

Rides/Games 18 32%

More Church Events 17 30%

Crafts Show/Sale 17 30%

Barbecue Contest 15 26%

Music (Club/Dance) 13 23%

Speakers on History 12 21%

Art Show/Sale 12 21%

Flower Show/Sale 9 16%

Dance Contest 9 16%

Local Shops 5 9%

Author/Poetry Readings 5 9%

Petting Zoo 5 9%

Plant/Tree Sale 4 7%

Local Restaurant 3 5%

East Mims Civic League Event Survey Results

Easter Weekend 2002 Continued

East Mims Neighborhood Action Plan 2003

 

Farmers Market 3 5%

Film Festival 2 4%

Other 2 4%

Coffee Shop 1 1%

Bed & Breakfast 0 0%

Pet Show & Contest 0 0%

Neighborhood Sporting Events You Would Like To See In The Future?:

Basketball Tournament 32 56% Of Those Surveyed

Softball Tournament 23 40%

Volley Ball Tournament 16 28%

Fishing Tournament 14 25%

5K Run/Walk 6 11%

Greenway Bike Race 6 11%

Tennis Tournament 3 5%

Golf Tournament 3 5%

River Tour, Boat/Kayak 2 3%

Other 2 3%

Kayak/Canoe Race 0 0%

Where Are You or Your Family Staying During This Event?:

Own Home or Apartment 34 60% Of Those Surveyed

Relative’s Home 9 16%

Friend’s Home 3 5%

Other 1 1%

Hotel/Motel 0 0%

Camping/RV Park 0 0%

General Survey Responses

East Mims Resident 15 26% Of Those Surveyed

East Mims Visitor 42 74%

Brevard Residents 46 80%

Resident Counties 7 -

Current Hometowns 13 -

States 1 Florida

 

Males 15 26%

Females 33 58%

Male/Female DNA 9 16%

Responses by Age

10—20 3 5%

21-30 7 12%

31-40 11 19%

41-50 6 11%

51-60 2 3%

61-70 2 3%

71-90 1 1%

DNA 26 46%

Current Hometowns

Titusville 20 35% Of Those Surveyed

East Mims 13 23%

Cocoa 5 9%

Orlando 3 5%

Tampa/St. Pete 3 5%

Merritt Island 2 4%

Rockledge 2 4%

Jacksonville 1 2%

Sanford 1 2%

Daytona 1 2%

Palm Bay 1 2%

Port St. John 1 2%

Dade/Broward/Palm Beach 0 0%

Florida Panhandle 0 0%

South Georgia 0 0%

DNA Survey 3 5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brevard County Neighborhood Planning Program

THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING PROCESS

The process provides an organized and focused way to help neighborhood resident’s plan for the future. By identifying and prioritizing current and long-range needs, challenges and strengths, the neighborhood planning process will help neighborhood associations create a neighborhood action plan to reach their goals.

The County Planning and Zoning Office, in cooperation with the Housing and Human Services Department, staff will facilitate the neighborhood planning process, allowing the opportunity to create specific neighborhood plans that reflect the Vision Statement of Brevard County. The following provides a more detailed description of the Neighborhood Planning Process.

WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING?

The County will facilitate Neighborhood Planning by working with neighborhoods to form a Planning Team consisting of county staff and the neighborhood’s planning committee. This team will coordinate the development of a neighborhood plan that will identify and prioritize immediate and long-range projects based on the neighborhood’s strengths and challenges. The Planning Team and appropriate County Agencies will be responsible for annually translating these priorities into ongoing departmental operating and capital budget planning. The Planning Team will work with the neighborhood to identify funds for priority projects and coordinate with non-county agencies and resources that may, or can be undertaking projects in each neighborhood. The Planning Team will also work on-site in participating neighborhoods, facilitate neighborhood planning workshops, conduct training workshops and help residents create specific, prioritized neighborhood action plans.

HOW NEIGHBORHOODS BENEFIT FROM PARTICIPATION

Many benefits will accrue to neighborhoods that participate in this process. Some benefits may consist of infrastructure and physical improvements, while other benefits may be less tangible, but equally important. The Neighborhood Planning process intends to:

 

 

THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING PROCESS

Brevard County Neighborhood Planning Program

Step 1. Application

Step 2. Citizen Planner Training

Step 3. Pre-Workshop Research

Step 4. Focus Group Meetings

Step 5. Community Planning Workshop

Step 6. Production

Step 7. Delivery of Neighborhood Plan

Step 8. Implementation

 

 

The Neighborhood Planning Program Can Achieve Some or All Of The Following:

Brevard County Neighborhood Planning Program



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