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Ocoee follows Winter Garden's temporary moratorium on new S.R. 429 development

Ocoee follows Winter Garden's temporary moratorium on new S.R. 429 development
Outlined in black is the S.R. 429 study area. Area in light yellow is Ocoee territory, and area in gray is unincorporated or Winter Garden. (City of Ocoee)

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.

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A second vote in favor of the ordinance, two weeks from now, would be needed for the moratorium to be enacted.

The moratorium is set to expire July 31, unless it is terminated early or extended by the city.

Last week, Winter Garden commissioners approved the same moratorium for its stretch of the toll road. The two cities have teamed up to plan for the development along the roadway together.

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.

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

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