Lake County Developments

Development activity picking up in Umatilla with two new subdivisions

Developer JTD Land paid $1 million for the 39-acre parcel in Umatilla.

A new residential community that has been on the books since 2005 is moving toward construction in the City of Umatilla.

Kissimmee-based developer JTD Land has filed construction plans with the St. Johns River Water Management District for the 131-home community called Woodsong, which will be just south of Lake Umatilla in Lake County. It would consist of a mix of 59 single family homes and 72 fee-simple townhomes on 39 acres.


The property already had residential medium density land use, which would have allowed a max of 152 units. The subdivision was initially approved in 2005 by Lake County for 138 homes and later was annexed into the city before being shelved during the Great Recession.

The approved plan for Woodsong calls for a mix of homes on 64-foot lots and fee-simple townhomes.

The new plan reduces the unit count and increases the lot sizes for the detached homes to 64 x 120 feet. The townhomes will be 20 feet wide. The plan also offers recreation amenities in the form of a tot lot/playground equipment, a pavilion with picnic table and grills, and a dog run/park.


The Umatilla City Council unanimously approved the PUD zoning in August. That same week JTD Land purchased the land from Palmer Homes for just over $1 million.

The project engineer is HALFF.

The property is just north of County Road 450-A, and Magnolia Pointe, a PUD that was approved two years ago for 515 homes. The city’s planning department said construction will commence soon on the project, which will be the largest residential subdivision in the city.

The subdivision will be built in three phases with the majority of lots (371) averaging about 50 feet in width. The remaining 28% of lots will range between 60, 70 and 80 feet in width. Amenities will include gated access, recreational trails and multiple park spaces.

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