A second attempt by Pulte Homes to create a residential subdivision in the Clermont/Lake County Joint Planning Area (JPA) was voted down by the Clermont City Council earlier this week.
The homebuilder wants to expand its presence in the area with an 80-lot subdivision across from its 323-lot Lakeview Preserve residential community it’s building with development partner Taylor Morrison.
But Clermont council members rejected the idea, citing a number of concerns about access into the neighborhood and the traffic impacts of the development.
City Councilwoman Heidi Brishke told the applicant “come back in five years" when road improvements can support the additional rooftops.
Pulte’s proposed 40-acre subdivision is west of Lakeview Preserve, now under construction on the northeast corner of Buoy Circle and Hartwood Marsh Road.
The property is located in the city’s JPA with Lake County, meaning the Lake County Board of Commissioners must work with the city to approve the development.
Plans call for 78, 70-foot-wide lots and two estate lots that span about five acres each. The site is about five miles away from Orange County’s Winter Garden town center and about 10 minutes from S.R. 429.
Daily Design Group, on behalf of Pulte Homes, is requesting a future land use change and rezoning from Agriculture to Planned Unit Development (PUD).
Last year, Pulte tried to gain approval for a 102-lot residential subdivision in the same location.
The latest plans show the applicant reduced the number of lots and is proposing to create access into the development through its Lakeview Preserve community.
City Council members expressed concern with the access, stating it would lead to traffic woes for residents in both neighborhoods. As it is currently, the land links to an unimproved roadway with a width of about 33 feet.
Council members said they are seeking road improvements from Lake County in the area.
The council has a history with disapproving developments along roads that need improvements.
Earlier this year, it rejected plans for a proposed 281-unit apartment community, which featured affordable housing units, called Hancock Commons.
Lake County announced plans to widen part of Hancock Road, but Clermont Mayor Gail L. Ash said the development “is not going to happen” until the streets are completed.