Site plans by Stringfellow Planning & Design
Site plans by Madden, Moorhead & Stokes
Delaney Land Company‘s resume includes five subdivisions in Seminole County totaling 258 homes.
The Orlando-based developer isn’t done assembling property here with single-family dwelling units in mind. After tabbing M/I Homes to build out its 95-lot Red Ember Estates community across 50 acres in Oviedo, Delaney Land is now moving forward on another subdivision a short drive to the west.
For this project, Delaney Land Company is transforming 35 acres of vacant infill land east of Alafaya Trail and north of Lake Hayes Road into a 91-lot gated community with large lots called Paddock Way.
The seven-parcel assemblage is currently zoned agricultural with a future land-use designation of low-density residential —as many as four units per acre. The Seminole County Commission approved a rezoning request on Dec. 13 to allow the development, which calls for 2.5 units per acre.
The property, just outside the Oviedo city limits, is surrounded on all sides by subdivisions. Alafaya Woods, with 2,330 homes, forms a neighbor to the east and north. Hundreds of homes make up Stillwater and Brighton Estates to the south. Magnolia Pointe includes a dozen homes on adjacent land to the west while the 108-lot Chapman Groves community sits to the northwest.
Civil engineering firm Madden Moorhead & Stokes represented Delaney Land Company at the recent county commission meeting, where nearly a dozen neighboring residents voiced opposition to the project.
Chad Moorhead, the engineering firm’s vice president, told commissioners that the Paddock Way product will be similar to others nearby.
“This project is infill,” he said. “It’s got development all around it on all four sides with similar type lots. Everything around for the most part is low-density residential up to four units per acre.”
He said lot sizes will also mirror surrounding communities. On the west side of Paddock Way, 31 estate homes will rise on 90-foot lots, according to a conceptual plan by Stringfellow Planning & Design. On the east side, 60 garden-style homes will rise on 70-foot lots.
The minimum home size would be 1,300 square feet, according to site plans.
The project would be constructed in two phases, with each phase setting aside 15% of the land to open space.
Officials with Delaney Land Company, including Troy Drinkwater and partner Raymond Harrison, had not responded to requests for comment as of Monday afternoon.
Delaney Land Company typically goes through the government approval process and does the horizontal development on single-family sites before selling the land to home builders.
The company does not yet control the Paddock Way property. The seven parcels are owned by seven different deed-holders.
Of the six recent development projects listed on the company’s website, each of them is located in Seminole County.
Delaney’s portfolio includes:
Lukas Landing in Oviedo was completed by M/I Homes in 2016 and includes 55 lots along S.R. 426.
Oakmont Reserve in Longwood was completed by Meritage Homes in 2017 and consists of 41 units just west of N. Ronald Reagon Boulevard.
White Tail Run in Oviedo: completed by Taylor Morrison Homes in 2017 with 32 lots on Lockwood Boulevard
Hideaway Cove in Oviedo: completed by M/I Homes in 2019 with 130 lots on Simmons Road, across from the campus of Seminole State College.
In 2019, Delaney began planning a 95-lot residential subdivision south of Lockwood Boulevard and east of Old Lockwood Road in Oviedo.
M/I Homes purchased that 50-acre tract of land in August of 2021 for $11.8 million, according to Seminole County deed records.
Homes within Red Ember Estates will range in size from 2,317 to over 5,000 square feet and will range in price from the $700’s to over $1 million, according to its website.
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