Ocoee became the second city along the S.R. 429 Western Beltway in recent weeks to move toward passing a temporary moratorium on development for land adjacent to the toll road, which would allow the city to prepare a plan specifying the type of development it wants to encourage along the rapidly growing corridor.
The Ocoee City Commission held a hearing and first reading of the ordinance on Tuesday night, with no vote taken. Commissioners approved the plan that would apply to acceptance, processing and consideration of applications for development orders, permits, and building permits for land at and around the corridor, which runs on the edge of its city limits.
Winter Garden City Commission took its first step toward a temporary moratorium on development along S.R. 429 in its city limits Thursday night, voting unanimously in favor of a provision meant to provide time to refine and finalize the city's vision for development along the Western Beltway.
Moratoriums have been used before in the area. Apopka imposed a six-month moratorium on development in 2014, when the city updated its code for a small area of focus near the site of the new Florida Hospital Apopka.
It is that hospital's construction, just down the road from Ocoee and Winter Garden, that is one trigger for the cities to get their planning ducks in a row, before the hospital generates more development along the roadway.