D.R. Horton preps next phase of Waterleigh & site near Amazon center

National homebuilder D.R. Horton is readying its next phase of lots in the master-planned Waterleigh community in Horizon West, and separately is pursuing part of 99 acres south of Orlando International Airport for a development near Amazon's new fulfillment center.

Construction began on the first phase of Waterleigh in 2014, which is planned to include up to 3,600 homes across 1,400 acres around Hickorynut Lake, based off of Avalon and Seidel roads in Horizon West's Village H.

New homes are being built there by D.R. Horton and Emerald Homes, with site work now nearly complete and homes under construction up through phases 2A and 2B. 

D.R. Horton filed a Preliminary Subdivision Plan (PSP) on Monday to subdivide 354.8 acres for 711 single-family home and townhome lots in Waterleigh's Phase 3, of which 151.48 acres are net developable.

Development of the 711 lots in Phase 3 will follow four sub-phases. A breakdown of the lots by their width is listed as: 95 townhome lots of 22 feet, 260 rear load single-family homes of 40 feet, 106 rear load single-family homes of 50 feet, 133 front load single-family homes of 50.1 feet, and 117 front load single-family homes of 60 feet. 

Phase 3 includes 11.18 acres of dedicated public park space, which will include a community pool, cabana building and tot lot. 

The homebuilder also filed a Change Determination Request on Monday for its Waterleigh Phase 2A/2B PSP, originally filed in December 2014, to modify some uses within open space tracts and add a fountain to a roundabout.

Phase 2A/2B cover more than 166 acres (76.08 net developable), with plans for 361 lots, which break down as 72 townhome lots of 22 feet wide, 108 rear-load single-family homes of 40 feet, 122 front load single-family homes of 50 feet, and 59 front load single-family homes of 60 feet. 

Separately, D.R. Horton requested a pre-application meeting last week with Orange County planners to discuss land it has under contract at 4402 E. Wetherbee Road in Orlando, southwest of Orlando International Airport. 

The homebuilder is considering an estimated 154 lots on what appears to be roughly half of 99 acres. The property lies directly east of Beazer Homes' Reserve at Sawgrass subdivision, and less than two miles from the entry to Amazon's new fulfillment center now under construction on Boggy Creek Road. 

A sketch of the lots and new stormwater retention ponds provided to county planners show the project to be focused on the northern half of the property. The southern half is wooded and appears to be part of the Greeneway Park DRI's conservation area. 

The land owner is Wetherbee Acres LLLP, an investment affiliate of J. Thomas Cardwell, a veteran attorney in Orlando and former CEO of law firm Ackerman Senterfitt & Eidson. 

VHB, Inc. is the homebuilder's planner on both projects.

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