Ahmed had a conditional use permit and approved engineering plans from 2007 before he stopped work on the project, allowing the permits to expire. The plan called for a two-story, 25,300-square-foot shopping center.
"We want to put a medical office plaza and walk-in urgent care for the tourists," he said during Wednesday's pre-application meeting.
Ahmed brought his general contractor to the meeting, but Mahmoud Najda, development review director, advised him to hire an engineer to review the plans before resubmitting them. Najda said the plan likely wouldn't conform with the current land use codes and sign ordinance.
For example, Ahmed currently has a billboard on the property. But under the current ordinance, he would have to remove the billboard if he wanted to install a sign for his clinic.
"You can keep the billboard, but that would be your only sign," zoning manager Kelly Haddock said.
Jose Gomez, principal engineer for the county, updated Ahmed on the Sunrise City Plaza project, which is under construction on the adjacent 34-acre parcel. The developer, Intram Investments, is extending Poinciana Boulevard into its project, which also includes about 200 acres on Osceola Parkway entitled for 1,000 apartments. Eventually, the road will provide a direct connection to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores just over the county line, he said.
Gomez suggested Ahmed meet with Intram officials to see if he could buy capacity in their retention ponds. "I think it would really benefit you to tie into their stormwater system," he said.