Community Planning Assistance Team

Pine Hills, Orlando, Florida

Meet the Team

Graham Billingsley, FAICP, will lead the CPAT in Pine Hills, Orlando, Florida.

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Project Background

The Pine Hills community is located in Orlando, Florida and is one of Orange County's oldest and largest neighborhoods. It was originally developed in the 1950s as a suburb for workers of the Martin Marietta Corporation. In the 1980s and 1990s, newer housing developments were built in the County attracting many residents away from Pine Hills. Many long-time businesses also left Pine Hills. Disinvestment coupled with external negative perceptions of Pine Hills have plagued the community's residents and business owners. The Pine Hills area was also a target of subprime lending practices during the housing boom leading to 4,000 foreclosure filings between 2008 and 2010.

Despite the area's economic decline, several organized local groups are active and Orange County has shown significant support for community redevelopment efforts in recent years. In 2004, the "Pine Hills Land Analysis and Strategic Plan" were completed, which resulted in increased home ownership and investment in the area. The County received Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2009, which provided some assistance to Pine Hills during the foreclosure crisis. In 2010, the local high school was rebuilt and a follow-up (to the 2004) study was conducted whereby a market assessment for several important corridors.

The Orange County Planning Division requested a CPAT to aid their efforts in creating a strategy for moving many of the findings and recommendations of the 2004 and 2010 studies forward. They seek guidance, in particular, with the area surrounding the intersection of Silver Star Road and North Pine Hills Road, which is the focus of their efforts to develop a vibrant, mixed-use, town center in Pine Hills.


November 13-15, 2013

Team Leader, Graham Billingsley, FAICP, and APA staff member, Ryan Scherzinger visited Pine Hills. They met with members of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Improvement District (NID). The NID's Executive Director, Jerry Presley, and Orange County planner, Jason Reynolds presented background information on the neighborhood and described much of the work the NID's done since it started in 2011. Billingsley and Scherzinger then toured the proposed town center and surrounding areas with Presley and Orange County Principal Planner, Karen McGuire, AICP. Following the tour, they met with multiple members of Orange County's Planning Division.