Sun Terra redesigns next major phases of Osceola's Harmony community

Sun Terra Communities has filed new Preliminary Subdivision Plans for the next phases of Harmony, a sprawling golf community in east Osceola County with two private lakes and its own town center.

The Oviedo-based land banker and developer bought the master-planned community last year from Starwood Land for $24.25 million, and subsequently sold off nearly half of the undeveloped land -- dubbed Harmony East -- to Deseret Ranch.

Months later the developer sold the golf course, town center and undeveloped commercial lots in late December to an affiliate of developer Steve Fusilier, owner of Fusilier Realty Group. That sale also included a pad-ready townhome site near the town center. 

At the time, Sun Terra Principal Richard Jerman said the company wanted to focus on Harmony West and Harmony Central. Starwood already had approved PSPs for Harmony West that divided the project into two main sections and entitled them for nearly 1,400 homes.

Sun Terra brought in planners from Rj Whidden & Associates and engineers from Poulos & Bennett to redesign Harmony West as a single project with four sub-phases and relaunch it as "The Villages at Harmony."

The Villages now comprise a total of 1,115 acres, more than a third of which is developable. The plan sets aside nearly 80 acres of parks, landscape and open space.

The new PSP adds density, partly by siting a 135-unit townhouse community on land near the main entrance that had previously been set aside for future commercial or multifamily development. The total lot count, including the townhomes, is 1,913.

The site plan calls for a mix of 40-foot, 50-foot and 60-foot lots and a blend of front-loaded and rear-loaded lots.

The Harmony master plan also includes Harmony Central, which comprises 268 acres just east of the existing Harmony Main community on U.S. 192. The Starwood plan was approved for 283 lots, but Sun Terra would increase the lot count to 463 units with 20-plus acres of park land and open space.

Sun Terra also filed an amended PSP for The Lakes at Harmony, an active adult community in Harmony main that was launched in 2016 by CalAtlantic and will transition to Lennar this year. The new PSP adds about 20 lots to a previously unplatted section of the community.

The Harmony East acreage had been entitled for more than 3,000 home sites, but if Osceola County approves the trio of new PSPs it would allow Sun Terra to recoup about 700 residential units. 

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