Three separate developers are planning to combine three different properties into one community as a 256-acre, 418-unit “live/works,” “front porch” neighborhood known as The Village at Cherry Lake. The development will be located on Cherry Lake and Cherry Lake Road in the City of Groveland and parts of unincorporated Lake County.
Developers will use 136 acres of usable land for the project.
Lake County Developer Dale Ladd, Dan Jensen, a California-based developer, and Clay Frankel, manager for Red Jacket Development Group, of Orlando, representing trustee Lawrence E. White, plan to build a new neighborhood according to the City of Groveland’s new master plan of including “cohesive, walkable, mixed-use communities,” according to Groveland Community Development Director Tim Maslow.
“This will be the first development under the new master plan,” Maslow said. “This is kind of a new urbanism development.”
New Urbanism is defined by the Congress for the New Urbanism as “a planning and development approach based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries: walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity, and accessible public spaces.”
The Village at Cherry Lake will include amenities such as a pool and clubhouse.
The neighborhoods that make up Cherry Lake Village will be known as “The Cape and Vista,” a roughly 40-acre area owned by Jensen, “The Island”, 176 acres owned by Ladd, and the remaining 40 acres, “The Springs of Cherry Lake Village”, managed by Frankel. The development will feature three units-per-acre, with selling prices between $500,000 and $700,000. About 20 townhomes planned for the development will sell at a lower yet-to-be-determined price.
The Village at Cherry Lake will include 30 percent of open space consisting of amenable parks and greens as well as native plant landscapes and views.
The new development has raised concerns from residents who live in neighboring communities, particularly regarding traffic on area roads and water quality issues for Cherry Lake.
Notes from a November meeting with area neighbors indicated that developers commissioned a traffic study in August 2021, said that area intersections and roads, including the 60-year-old Cherry Lake Road, will be able to sustain new traffic at “satisfactory levels of service upon completion of the proposed development.”
Plans for The Village at Cherry Lake will create a “substantial buffer” to preserve wetland vegetation, and setbacks are increased from the shoreline, swales will be dug deeper underground, and water retention techniques will be used to capture runoff to avoid polluting the lake.
Maslow said the properties all have proper zoning for the development, but that developers must still get preliminary plat and rights-of-way approval from the Groveland Board of City Commissioners. The notes from the residents meeting indicate that the property has been zoned for residential, possibly since 2002.
Maslow said he expected the development plans to be heard before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission in January.
Alex Stringfellow of Stringfellow Planning and Design , Clermont, is the planner, and Thomas Knight, of Knight Engineering Inc., Clermont, is the engineer.
Red Jacket Development is also behind the Whispering Hills subdivision project in Howey-in-the-Hills.