I-Drive 2040 Strategic Vision
International Drive and the
Convention Plaza District are known as a world destination. Its continuing success depends on
establishing and implementing a comprehensive vision for this area.
Recognizing its importance,
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs invited area stakeholders and land owners to
participate with the County in developing a shared vision for the area.These stakeholders, referred to as the
Steering Review Group, began meeting monthly in January of 2015. Their mission is to formulate a cohesive
vision and plan for the I-Drive District along with implementation strategies
and tools for consideration by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners.
The study area extends for more
than 2 miles between Sand Lake Road and the Beachline.The economic well-being of the region relies
heavily on the strength of the tourism industry as it represents the area’s
largest employment sector and provides crucial tax revenue to local
Agreeing that the I-Drive Study
area noted above is too large and diverse for reliance upon the conventional
“one size fits all” approach to regulating development, the Steering Review
Group established seven sub districts, each with its own distinctive personality
and elements.These seven sub districts
are:Convention Center, Retail &
Hospitality, Entertainment, SeaWorld, Destination Parkway, Universal Blvd. and
Rosen / Shingle Creek.
The Steering Review Group has
focused on four major areas as they relate to each of the sub-districts
above.They are: Land Development, Regulatory components,
Parking and Mobility.
The Steering Review Group also
developed five goals for the overall vision that are focused on connectivity,
diversity of uses (completeness), community identity & authenticity, infill & redevelopment opportunities and sustainability. Included in the I-Drive 2040 Strategic plan
these goals serve to guide the future investment, regulations and partnership strategies
used to accomplish the full vision for the area.
For more information on the plan
and its process, please contact Mr. Alberto Vargas, Planning Manager with
Orange County at email@example.com