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Oriented on its side, this map shows the study area around S.R. 429 for which Ocoee is considering placing a moratorium on development through July.
Oriented on its side, this map shows the study area around S.R. 429 for which Ocoee is considering placing a moratorium on development through July. (City of Ocoee)

The cities of Ocoee and Winter Garden are considering a temporary moratorium on development along S.R. 429, the Western Beltway, while they take time to create design standards for development and redevelopment.

With a new Florida Hospital Apopka rising quickly nearby at the intersection of 429 and the Maitland Bypass, and other development heating up, the cities' management wants to take time to make sure the future growth along the corridor fits their vision.

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Ocoee and Winter Garden have an agreement to coordinate planning and development along the 429 corridor, which runs through both cities.

Ocoee's city commission approved on Jan. 19 two new master plans to provide infrastructure for economic development, with those master plans applying to S.R. 429 and the city's downtown. Approval of those plans prompted the call for a moratorium, to provide time for a large land development code update.

If approved, the moratoriums would apply to the acceptance, processing and consideration of applications for development orders, development permits, and building permits for land at and around the S.R. 429 corridor through Ocoee and Winter Garden.

The moratorium would expire July 31 unless the commission votes to end it earlier or extend it.

Ocoee's City Commission is scheduled to vote on the moratorium on Feb. 16. Michael Rumer, city planner, said the ordinance language is still being fine-tuned.

Winter Garden's commission is scheduled to vote on its proposed moratorium on Feb. 11.

New projects currently in the review process by Ocoee for development plans or building permits would not be stopped by the proposed moratorium, said Angel de la Portilla, an Ocoee city commissioner.

Last May, plans for a major distribution center that would sit near the 429 in Ocoee on the edge of Winter Garden, were filed in Ocoee. Winter Garden objected to the plan, and eventually the proposal went away.

Apopka also imposed a six-month moratorium to development in 2014 when that city updated its code for a small area of focus near the site of the new Florida Hospital Apopka.

Teresa Burney can be reached at 352-455-1955 or at Teresaburney4@gmail.com. Follow GrowthSpotter on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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