Avex Homes' new 298-lot Narcoossee-area subdivision, which goes to the Board of County Commissioners next week for approval, is the first implement the new subdivision standards in Osceola County's updated Land Development Code.
"This is our first development in Osceola County," President Eric Marks told GrowthSpotter. "The obvious factor that attracted us to the market is the economic engine that is Lake Nona."
Dubbed "Wiregrass," the subdivision is located on a 78-acre assemblage on Jack Brack Road, in the Narcoossee Overlay District.
Eric Wills, Land Manager for Avex and parent company Avalon Park Group, said it took a year a half to assemble the various parces needed for the community. The rezoning and design also took longer than usual because of the county's moratorium and LDC update.
"Overall, I think the ordinance is a good concept to get some diversity of product and get a community that will have a better look and feel to it," Marks said.
The rezoning was approved in November, and Osceola's Development Review Committee signed off on the Preliminary Subdivision Plan (PS) on Wednesday.
The builder engaged Rj Whidden & Associates to make sure the PS complied with the county's new code and architectural standards. Vice President John Adams said the ordinance mandates that subdivisions with more than 60 lots utilize at three building products in their plans.
Avex accomplished this by using a traditional front-entry detached product, a rear-alley access detached product on 40-foot lots and a corner product with side-entry garages. Several of the floorplans are currently being sold in other Avex communities.
"The 40-foot product should be unique to that market," Marks said. "There's a little different look and feel to the house. Builders have historically tried to provide product types that hit as broad a spectrum of the market as possible."
They also broke up some of the monotony by adding on-street parallel parking and enhanced landscaping.
"It just gives a different vision than driving down a neighborhood street with shotgun houses every 50 feet," Adams said.
The new LDC also changes how the county calculates open space requirements, giving more credit for recreational amenities and buildings. Marks said Avex expanded the size of the clubhouse to accumulate the credits.
"It resulted in a well amenitized community," Marks said. "We will have a very nice pool and cabana, a play field and a tot lot."
The community will be built in at least two phases. Wills said Avex expects to have its entitlements wrapped up and permits in hand by the second quarter of 2019 and development underway by June.
"We're looking at a First Quarter 2020 delivery," he said.