Polk County Developments

Haines City approves 349-home gated community on Little Lake Hamilton

The new Bellaviva gated community is approved for a former citrus grove near the intersection of U.S. 27 and Scenic Highway in Haines City.

Haines City Commissioners this month approved a modified Planned Unit Development (PUD) and preliminary plat for a 349-home subdivision on Little Lake Hamilton.

Marsan Real Estate Group is the developer for the gated community that stretches from Scenic Highway to U.S. 27. Owner Jean Marsan was seeking approval to modify the previously approved PUD to eliminate about five dozen 65-foot-wide single-family lots and replace them with 74 duplex units.


The community is approved for a former 149-acre citrus grove, and it reserves an 11.4-acre tract for future commercial or residential development. In addition to the duplexes, Dubbed "Bellaviva," the project would have 68 40-foot-wide lots and 207 50-foot-wide lots, about two dozen of which are lakefront.

The preliminary plat for Bellaviva has more than two dozen lakefront lots on Little Lake Hamilton and 11.4 acres set aside for future commercial or residential development.

Haines City's Land Development Code typically requires single-family homes to be at least 1,400 square feet. Marsan had requested a PUD modification to allow minimum home size of 1,200 square feet, but city commissioners adopted the staff and planning commission recommendation to set a 10-percent cap on those units.


Bellaviva is about a 1.5 miles south of Balmoral at Waters Edge, a vacation home community that abuts the new Ronaldo R9 Soccer Academy on U.S. 27.

Richard Greenwood, the city's director of development services, told GrowthSpotter the Bellaviva project is not approved for short-term rental. And while the site plan doesn't show any boat docks along the half-mile of lakefront in the community, Greenwood said there's nothing in the city code that would prevent homeowners from applying for dock permits.

Marsan Real Estate Group has its own land development subsidiary, PCLP Florida, that sells finished lots to regional and national home builders, and its own homebuilding division: Better Built Homes.

The Bellaviva project is being permitted by the PCLP company, with Askey Hughey, Inc. as civil engineer. The developer is also seeking permits from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The land is currently owned by Homer Thompson Revocable Trust, which has authorized Marsan to pursue permits for the project.

Marsan's Davenport-based firm has been active in the U.S. 27 corridor. He currently has two projects in construction: a 40-unit townhome community on Holly Hill Grove Road, and Natures Reserve, a 145-unit subdivision on FDC Grove Road.

Marsan also received permits in February from the South Florida Water Management District for Fox Run, a vacation home resort at the intersection of U.S. 17-92 and Kinney Harmon Road. That 147-acre community will have 251 units on a mix of lot sizes ranging from 40 feet to 60 feet.

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