After getting an initial green light to move forward with a long-time planned residential community in Mount Dora, Lennar Homes is back in front of Orange County planning staff with new terms to its preliminary subdivision plan.
Located in northwest Orange County near the Lake County border, the Mount Dora development of Stoneybrook Hills has been built out slowly since the mid-2000s.
The recession and a quarrel with the owners behind Foothills of Mount Dora LLC to build a contractually promised boulevard as part of its development, pushed the 229-acre expansion project, at 6591 N. Orange Blossom Trl., back by years.
That future “Boulevard A” (an extension south of Stoneybrook Hills Parkway) would connect the Foothills property to N. Orange Blossom Trail, and is contingent to activating the Foothills’ own 294 land-locked acres for development.
Eventually, Lennar was able to move ahead with the project, scoring approvals earlier this year to its PSP, but only under certain conditions. For one, it would have to prioritize building Boulevard A within a two-year time frame from starting construction. Another condition was getting rid of a previously proposed plan that would that break up Phase 3 into seven sub-phases.
The developer agreed, and shortly after filed an application asking a non-substantial change to the PSP to split the project into three phases for platting and development purposes. An updated PSP shows the development will consist of 352 lots.
At an Orange County Development Review Committee meeting on Wednesday, Orange County’s engineer Diana Almodovar said she’s concerned the roadway may not get built.
“They want to come back and phase the project again,” Almodovar said. “My issue is Boulevard A, it needs to be in place or separated to be constructed and given a Certificate of Completion with the very first subdivision phase they want to build.”
Representatives for Lennar confirmed construction of the road began Jan. 2. In an email, Lennar’s vice president of land acquisitions and development, Richard Rosello, said the project has been under site development since mid-January.
Though Lennar representatives said their plans intend to be consistent to previous conditions and that the firm fully expects to complete Boulevard A, no consensus was reached. A motion to approve the non-substantial change was postponed, and representatives for Lennar were asked to continue negotiating with Almodovar in a separate meeting.
The next DRC meeting will be held June 12.