A 46-acre mixed-use development on U.S. 192 at Narcoossee Road is set to go to the St. Cloud City Council for final approval this week after being stalled last year under the old administration.
Developer/Engineer Randy June is seeking annexation and Mixed-Use zoning for the property, known as Thompson Grove. He put the project on hold in June of 2018, after it had already cleared City Council by unanimous vote on the initial reading.
At the time, Councilman Donald Shroyer told June he would not support the project unless he agreed to a condition that all residential lots must have an average width of 62.5 feet: the minimum lot size under the city's Low Density Residential zoning. Such a requirement would have conflicted with city policy to encourage mixed-use development, which allows a density range of between five and 25 units per acre.
June offered to engineer the community and file a Site Development Plan for consideration with the final annexation vote. He told GrowthSpotter the decision could cost at least $50,000, with no guarantee that the council would accept the annexation.
Shroyer, one of three city council members who voted in 2018 to deny the annexation of Center Lake Ranch, lost his reelection bid in November to Keith Trace, General Manager of Mattamy Homes' Orlando division. Mattamy is the exclusive homebuilder for Tohoqua, another mixed-use community in St. Cloud.
Trace, former chair of the Osceola County Planning Commissioner, now has the swing vote on City Council.
Pineloch Management, owner of the 2,016-acre Center Lake Ranch, has also refiled its annexation request and is slated to to to the city's Development Review Committee on Thursday.
While June was originally seeking approvals for up to 278 residential units, the PS calls for 83 detached homes and 90 townhomes, for a total of 173 units. The 10 acres fronting on U.S. 192 would be reserved for non-residential uses, with entitlements for 120,000 square of commercial space and 30,000 square feet of office uses. Multifamily development is not permitted.
The largest lot size would be 50 feet wide, and those would hug the western boundary of the property, abutting the Live Oak Estates subdivision. The interior lots would be 40-feet wide, while the townhomes would be located immediately south of the commercial section and along the eastern and southern boundaries.
The Conceptual Master Plan, also up for approval Thursday, allows for live-work units on the southern portion of the commercial area. Those are limited to certain professions, such as architect, artists, accountants, attorneys, real estate agents, consultants and hair salons.
Live-work units must provide customer parking and have separate entrances for the residential use.
The site is just north of Live Oak Lake and west of a new 329-home subdivision now in development by Pulte Homes.