Veteran Orlando developer Jeff Fuqua has filed a revised and more detailed conceptual master plan (CP) for Fontana Lakes, an approved 677-acre mixed-use marina development on Lake Tohopekaliga.
The concept plan represents the first new filing for the project since 2015. But Fuqua, president of Amick Construction, said it's just the first step in what should be a lengthy permitting process, and he has not begun the engineering work.
"It has taken me a year to get to this point," he told GrowthSpotter. "These things go on for years, so you need a conceptual master plan everyone agrees to. I'd rather do it thoughtfully and get it right the first time."
Fuqua said the new CP maintains the same level of entitlements: 1,752 single-family homes, 1,200 multifamily units and 170,000 square feet of office space. But it provides more detail regarding lot sizes, adding on-street parking to serve the hundreds of rear-loaded lots, and expanding the 3.4-mile nature trail into a designated community center/multifamily site.
"It is calculated," Fuqua said Monday. "What we know now is this geometry works, which is important because at the end of the day you have to be able to build it."
Designed by Donald w. McIntosh Associates, Inc., the CP also relocates a future 15.2-acre school site so it has better access to the future Cross Prairie Parkway, which will link the community to Kindred and Tohoqua.
"We like this plan better," Fuqua said. "The school was in a bad location because of access. We talked to the county, and they agreed it was a much better location."
The CP also provides more detail for a new marina on Friar's Cove and a 248-unit condo community in the southwest corner of the property. It provides for 87 acres of stormwater ponds and 44 acres of parks and recreational amenities.
Fontana Lakes is one of six large master-planned and mixed-use communities that make up Osceola County's East Lake Toho element of the Comprehensive Plan. Combined, they comprise more than 11,000 acres and have entitlements for 16,380 single-family homes and 11,800 multifamily units as well as commercial centers, office parks and school sites.
D.R. Horton is three years into construction at Kindred, the northernmost community, and has filed plans for the commercial development to wrap up Phase 1.
Fuqua said he has no timetable for submitting a Preliminary Subdivison Plan for Fontana Lakes because the development would rely on factors outside of his control, such as completion of the Cross Prairie Parkway and securing firm utility agreements.
"That's way beyond where I'm at now," he said.