Elevation Development eyeing Osceola site for latest residential project

Orlando-based Elevation Development is eyeing 120 acres west of Lake Tohopekaliga in Osceola County for its latest residential development.

Elevation Principal Shaman Foradi met earlier this week with county planners to discuss issues related to access and zoning for the property, which is currently owned by the Bronson Family LP.

The site is pasture land situated between Pleasant Hill and Ham Brown roads. County zoning staff said the property would need to be rezoned from its current agricultural zoning, but it already has a Low Density Residential future land use.

Foradi said Elevation also has a contract on a slim parcel that extends east toward Gunn Road, but he wasn't sure if it would be wide enough to build an access road that meets county standards.

"The main objective here is to clarify if we can use this skinny parcel as an access point," Foradi said. 

Access shouldn't be a problem, Principal Engineer Jose Gomez said. The county's long-range transportation plan already shows a framework road in that location, so the developer would be eligible for mobility fee credits as long as he builds the road to standard - with sidewalks and bike lanes.

In addition, Gomez pointed out that the Bronson property abuts the proposed Woodland Park development, which already has an approved Site Development Plan calling for 1,018 single-family homes to be built over six phases.

Tramell Webb Partners filed a proposed Developer Agreement (DA) in late June calling for the firm to invest an estimated $8 million in improvements at Woodland Park, including construction of a new east-west connector road linking Ham Brown and Pleasant Hill roads. That road must be completed during Phase 1 of the project.

The DA also calls for a north-south road connecting to the Bronson property. The agreement spells out the county's obligation to acquire necessary right-of-way for the road. It's scheduled to go to the Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 7.

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