The Groveland City Council introduced a comprehensive plan amendment and zoning change on Aug. 15 that if approved on second reading, will allow a developer to construct a village neighborhood on 132.6 acres on the west side of Wilson Lake Parkway north of Cherry Lake Road.
The City’s Planning and Zoning Board voted to recommend approval of the changes at its Aug. 4 meeting. Planning and Zoning Division Manager Andrew Landis told that board he expects more details for the development to come before it by October, “with the actual nuts and bolts of the neighborhood” included.
Mattamy Homes, which bills itself as the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, purchased the property from Orsi Development, Inc./Sunfield Homes, Inc. for $9 million about six months ago.
Landis said the city staff has been working with Mattamy for about 18 months on the concept, which he saw as the best of three proposed by various developers for the land.
He said the development plan for a village/new urbanism concept “is very much in line with our staff direction,” and Mattamy is a mid-price point developer, which Groveland needs.
Second reading to get public input and consider approval of the rezoning and comp plan amendment has not yet been scheduled but should be addressed before the end of the year.
The Rainwood project is expected to have 167 townhomes and 270 single-family homes on 40-foot, 60-foot and 70-foot lots, with the largest lots on the outer boundary of the development. Price points for the homes have not yet been established, nor has it been decided which parts of the development might be constructed first if the city gives approval. Mattamy Homes is now pursuing final approvals for construction.
The comp plan amendment changes the Future Land Use Plan designation from City of Groveland Established Neighborhood to City of Groveland Village.
The rezoning would change the land from City of Groveland to City of Groveland Village Edge, Village Center and Village Core.
There was a planned unit development approved previously for the land, but it expired, Landis said. That PUD received approval before the city’s land use code was updated to include the village concept.
The main entrance to Rainwood, according to preliminary plans, includes a boulevard entrance off Libby Road No. 3. “We have worked with the applicant to save a lot of mature trees,” Landis said. Mattamy is proposing five types of open space, including pocket parks and greenway trails.
There will be about 14 different floor plans.
According to the city land use code, Village Edge, Village Center and Village Core make up the Village designation. A village is “a medium sized community made up of several neighborhoods connected by a street grid and surrounded by conservation and/or Agriculture. Villages include three zoning districts: a Village Core with retail, office, and attached housing, Village Center with smaller lot housing, and Village Edge with larger lot housing. Most homes are sited within a quarter mile from the Core. Public elementary, middle and high schools are permitted in all zoning districts in this future land use category. Due to the Village’s lower intensity, a high school may be too land intensive to be compatible within a Village.”
Some of the units will be live/work units, Landis said.
Mattamy sells homes in 120 communities in the U.S. and Canada and had closed on 8,221 homes by May 2021. It is currently working on projects in Celebration and Meridian Park.