Seminole County gives preliminary OK to new upscale subdivision
By Mike Salinero
Nov 18, 2019 | 4:46 PM
Red Ember Estates, a proposed 76-lot, single-family subdivision near Seminole State College’s Oviedo campus, has won preliminary approvals from Seminole County planners.
The project is being developed by DLC Red Ember LLC, an affiliate of Delaney Land Co. Delaney was founded by Raymond Harrison of Geneva.
The project area will cover 40.43 acres south of Lockwood Road and east of Old Lockwood Road, just south of the state college campus and north of the Econ River Wilderness Area.
The subdivision will be divided into sizable lots of at least 70 by 120 feet. Homes will be priced from the mid-$400,000s to the mid-$500,000s, according to Troy Drinkwater, an executive with Delaney Land Co.
Drinkwater said the company plans to develop the site and get it ready for a homebuilder.
“We’re in the process with the county of circulating our final engineering plans, but we haven’t got a builder yet,” Drinkwater told GrowthSpotter.
The company has worked with Taylor Morrison on Whitetail Run and with M/I Homes on Hideaway Cove, both residential subdivisions in Seminole County, near Oviedo.
Delaney has yet to close on purchasing eight parcels that make up the project site, Drinkwater said, but he and Harrison hoped to do so before the end of the year. Once the land is acquired, the company could start site development in the first quarter of 2020, he said.
The 40+ acre site includes nearly 10 acres of wetlands. Drinkwater said he thinks there will be some wetlands impacts. The company is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the St. Johns River Water Management District on necessary mitigation measures.
The site also lies within the Econlockhatchee River Protection Area and must comply with development regulations that include a 50-foot upland buffer to protect all wetlands connected to the Big Econlockhatchee River and its tributaries. The development must also provide buffers to protect all isolated wetlands on the site that lie in the Econlockhatchee River Basin, according to county documents.
The Seminole County Planning and Zoning Commission, at its Nov. 6 meeting, recommended approval for Red Ember Estates’ final development plan.
“We have a lot of interest in Seminole County,” Drinkwater said. “It’s a fantastic submarket. The Seminole County school system is tier 1, and the location and proximity to UCF (University of Central Florida) is perfect.”