Water Ridge Community
Kriss Kaye, PE, CFM - Project Engineer
Beth L. Evans, AICP, LEED AP - Project Coordinator, Planner
Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Inc.
Ardaman and Associates, Inc.
Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
Envisors was retained by R.A. Florida Development to perform surveying, land planning (zoning and land use changes), civil engineering design, and permitting services for a large single family residential development within the City of Auburndale located in central Polk County, Florida. The property, formerly consisting of a orange grove, consists of approximately 185 acres of land and is generally located on the west side of Adams Barn Road, approximately 2 miles north of SR 92. The site is bordered by beautiful Lake Van and Lake Medora which required floodplain and wetland considerations.
Based on two years of study, planning, surveying, engineering, and permitting, Envisors was able to assist the Owner in successfully completing the project from surveying to platting within approximately one year for a development which will contain in excess of 385 lots, a clubhouse, multiple amenities, and nature areas. As part of this work, this site required miles of offsite utility line extensions to include a 10-inch potable water main, a 6-inch force main, and an 8-inch force main. This project also required more than one mile of road widening and improvements, which included the design of two roundabouts (as requested by the Developer) to act as a traffic enhancement and control measures.
Envisors first provided complete boundary, topographic, and wetland surveying, including setting elevation control and targets for aerial photogrammetry and contouring. Envisors prepared and processed a large-scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) to the Future Land Use Map of Auburndale, which was adopted by Auburndale and found in compliance by the Florida Department of Community Affairs.
Envisors obtained approval of the development via an individual Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), City of Auburndale, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Polk County Health Department within approximately one year after commencing.
Completion of this project required a considerable amount of agency negotiations, site meetings and extended hours of design effort. Water Ridge is considered to be one of the premier residential communities in Polk County.