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Ashton Woods eying Mount Dora site for new subdivision

The proposed subdivision is just south of the Wolf Branch Innovation District.
The proposed subdivision is just south of the Wolf Branch Innovation District. (Daly Design Group)

An Atlanta-based homebuilder has proposed a 264-unit subdivision on what is currently an active cattle-grazing pasture in Lake County, just outside of Mount Dora.

Ashton Woods is seeking a Comprehensive Plan Amendment from the county to build the residential community on 78 acres located at 30226 Round Lake Rd., approximately one-half mile south of State Road 46 and just north of the Orange County Line. Round Lake Road is a two-lane rural road connecting Lake and Orange counties.

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The property owner is CSD Groves, represented by Charles Brown of Mount Dora. The property is valued at $688,500. CSD Groves has applied to rezone the property from Agricultural to Planned Unit Development (PUD).

The 78-acre CSD Groves is currently uses as a grazing pasture.
The 78-acre CSD Groves is currently uses as a grazing pasture. (Universal Engineering Sciences)

The comprehensive plan amendment calls for 50-foot by 120-foot single-family lots to the west of Sullivan Ranch, a residential neighborhood first approved in 2007 with 690 attached and detached homes.

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The Ashton Woods development would include active and passive recreation in the form of buffers, open space, and community recreation. A PUD is required to include provisions for the protection of open space and for the conservation and protection of significant natural resources that may be located within the development site.

The company is one of the nation’s largest private homebuilding companies, delivering more than 45,000 homes during its 30 years in business. The company markets its homes through two brands, Ashton Woods Homes and Starlight Homes.

It is estimated that the new community will accommodate approximately 772 residents.

The site is within the Mount Dora Job Planning Area and would receive potable water, sanitary sewer and reclaim water services from the Mount Dora utility department. The community would use 77,200 gallons of water a day, and the city has capacity to serve the area.

The conceptual site plan calls for 264 lots surrounding a 1.3-acre recreation site.
The conceptual site plan calls for 264 lots surrounding a 1.3-acre recreation site. (Madden Moorhead & Stokes)

Daly Design Group of Winter Park is project manager of the development, and the civil engineer is Madden, Moorhead and Stokes.

Ashton Woods has six active communities in the Orlando market. It also currently operates in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Raleigh and San Antonio. This year, the company moved up three spots to number 15 on Builder Magazine’s Top 100 list.

The homebuilder is also pursuing plans in Orange County.

Ashton Woods recently submitted an application seeking to change the Future Land Use Map designation and rezone roughly 60 acres at 7625 Clarcona Ocoee Rd. to allow for a higher density of dwelling units per acre. If approved, the Planned Development would allow Ashton Woods to build up to 88 residences. Records show the assemblage of land is currently owned by the heirs and beneficiaries of the Estate of Alice Brewer.

The homebuilder also has new projects in the pipeline in Sanford, where it’s under contract for 22 acres, and in Horizon West. The Northlake at Ovation neighborhood, purchased through a land banking arrangement with Sun Terra Communities, will be constructed in four phases. The development program calls for 127 townhomes and 258 detached single-family garden homes and village homes.

GrowthSpotter reporter Amanda Rabines contributed to this report.

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