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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.
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)

Both Ocoee and Winter Garden have officially stopped accepting plans for new development along the 429 Western Beltway until July 31, while they come up with a detailed joint master plan to guide development and design for new growth in the corridor.

Ocoee's City Commission gave final approval to the moratorium on Tuesday night, while Winter Garden passed its own last week. The cities won't accept, process, or consider applications for development orders, permits and building permits for land at and around the corridor during the period through July 31.

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However, the cities added some wiggle room in the moratorium time frame for shortening or lengthening the time period, in case the planning gets done faster or takes longer.

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.

During the hiatus, GAI Consultants is working with the cities to come up with a detailed plan for the type of development and how it should look along the toll road.

In Winter Garden, one parcel at 111 11th St. has become caught up in the moratorium. A retail project is proposed for the SE corner of 11th and Plant Street that was submitted for review.

In Winter Garden, one parcel at 111 11th Street (highlighted in yellow) has become caught up in the moratorium. A retail project is proposed for the southeast corner of 11th and Plant Street that was submitted for review.
In Winter Garden, one parcel at 111 11th Street (highlighted in yellow) has become caught up in the moratorium. A retail project is proposed for the southeast corner of 11th and Plant Street that was submitted for review. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

"We are working with our attorneys and researching how we are going to handle that project," said Tanja Gerhartz, economic development director for Winter Garden.

Ocoee decided to allow the projects underway in its city limits along the corridor to continue, since most were already close to approval or underway.

The Arbours at Crown Point apartments, approved for 192 units, were allowed to stay in Ocoee's development pipeline. It's being developed by an affiliate of Arbour Valley Development, with Doster Construction as general contractor. A proposed charter school in Crown Point was also allowed to continue in the city approval process.

The Buchman property on Clarcona Ocoee Road was grandfathered in as well. It was applying for a large-scale Comprehensive Plan amendment, but is currently in limbo as the owners entertain offers from other possible buyers, who might have a different idea about how to develop the land, said Michael Rumer, Ocoee's city planner.

Weston Bay Commercial is already under construction, with a review in the process for a Dunkin Donuts on the land.

"The intent is not to stop permits for development already approved," Rumer said.

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

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