Windemere developer Brent Monk is asking Polk County to for a future land use and zoning change on roughly 49 acres to urban development from agriculture near Haines City.
Monk wants the change to build 220 single-family homes on what is now undeveloped and mostly citrus groves. The 4-parcel site is located in a booming area for residential growth in Haines City - south of Johnson Avenue (CR 580), east of Powerline Road and north of Hinson Avenue.
Although in an unincorporated area of Polk County, Haines City would provide water and sewer, according to a pre-application documents submitted to the county. The applicant is also seeking to move the land from the county’s Rural Development Area into its Urban Growth Development Area.
“We’re going to have to get (Haines City) involved,” county planner Erik Peterson told GrowthSpotter. “Going from ag to urban is a steep climb. This looks good because it’s abutting the city. We’re going to tell them to annex.”
Haines City may want to annex the property and assign a comparable city zoning classification.
“We have not heard anything about the Monk Property Project. I’ve asked the County for more information,” Mark Bennett, Deputy Director of Development Services/CRA Manager, told GrowthSpotter.
Lakeland’s Dennis Wood Engineering is the engineer of record. The company said it has a policy not to discuss its projects.
Monk, who owns three of the four parcels, worked with Miamisburg, Ohio-based developer and civil engineer David Oakes last year on plans for an 81-single family lot subdivision between rapidly growing Horizon West community and the small town of Windermere. The fourth parcel is owned by Crooked C Ranch LLC.
Hidden Lake Preserve are under construction and another community, Summerlin Groves, is in the works immediately to the west.
The Keewin Real Property Company of Winter Park has an approved site plan for Summerlin Groves – 155-lot single-family residential community on 45 acres that once was part of Hidden Lakes’ plans. Keewin also is under contract for 119 acres of citrus groves in Haines City that it wants to develop into a 626-lot residential community called Cypress Park Estates.
Meanwhile, Feltrim Group has a 495-home subdivision called Clay Cut Landings in the works nearby on the south side of Hinson Avenue.