The 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.
The commission needs to vote yes a second time on the moratorium on Feb. 25 before it becomes law, which would expire July 31.
The City of Ocoee, on the other side of the 429, has partnered with Winter Garden to create a shared plan for the type of development they want to attract to the area, and is also voting on a similarly worded moratorium on Feb. 16.
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.
New projects currently in the review process by Ocoee for development plans or building permits would not be stopped by the proposed moratorium.
Moratoriums on development have been used before to hold off development until cities can create a plan to grow in a way that the city's planners devise.
Apopka 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.
Construction of Florida Hospital Apopka, marked by the huge cranes at the intersection of S.R. 429 and the Maitland Bypass, is one reason why the two cities are expecting development to flock to their towns along the roadway.