The details have all been agreed upon for the massive master-planned Langley Estates project in Mascotte, but a date has not yet been set for the City Council to approve the development agreement. However, City Manager Annamarie Reno said it could go on the council agenda as early as July.
The city staff and council have spent many hours over the past year discussing the project, including a five-hour work session May 4 to review the development agreement.
Developer Chuck Piper said he has agreed to lower the density by 300 homes to get council approval.
“It was a five-hour work session to review the DA and we resolved all issues except lot count,” Piper said. “The city council asked us to reduce the total lot count from 2,800 to 2,500. We followed up with the city at the last city meeting and agreed to 2,500, assuming that was the last remaining issue. We are waiting for a meeting date for the city to vote on the DA.”
Owned by Langley Groves, Inc., Langley Estates is a proposed 945-acre master-planned community that would be located between C.R. 33 and Villa City Road, north and south of Simon Brown Road. Piper is under contract to purchase the property, once all the entitlements are settled and approved by the city council.
Initially, the developer agreement called for 2,300 single-family homes and 500 multifamily units. Piper did not say which units will be cut to meet the city council’s request to cut the number of units. The agreement does allow the developer to switch between the multifamily and single-family units, as long as the number of units does not exceed 2,500.
Reno said the council was adamant it wanted no apartments included, so those were eliminated, but multi-family townhomes and duplexes will still be allowed.
For now, the population of Mascotte, one of Lake County’s smallest municipalities, is about 7,321, according to the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Langley Estates has the potential to double Mascotte’s population.
The development agreement allows for living spaces in Langley Estates to range between 1,200 square feet for townhomes and single-family homes must be a minimum of 1,500 square feet.
“We’ve had some pretty long meetings over this for the past year,” Reno said, noting that the council was adamant that every detail must be considered and follow the city’s comprehensive plan and land development code. “They have talked about lot sizes, the types of housing that will be constructed, garage size and how many vehicles could park in a driveway.”
Reno said Langley Estates is the biggest development to come to the city. “Our town is growing just like the rest of Florida, and they (the city council) have had other developments come through, but nothing of this size. So, it has taken a bit of time to put it together.”
The city attorney and planner are reviewing details before the development order goes to the city council for a vote, she said. “There is no hold-up on getting it on the agenda, but this is a very large project for the city and there are a lot of items for everyone to go through. It just takes time.”