The would-be developers of "Buck Creek" are seeking a bevy of land use options from Seminole County planners, from offices to senior housing and everything in between, for a vacant piece of Oviedo property.
The thought behind the all-encompassing approach is to make the 5.31-acre property attractive to as many prospective buyers as possible, said David Axel of Axel Real Estate, who is representing the owner.
"It's not a great market out there for office and retail, but it's a pretty darn good market for residential," Axel said. "That's what we're doing, preparing the property for flexibility on the market."
Axel is seeking for the property, which lies southeast of W. C.R. 419 and Cosmos Way, a small-scale Future Land Use Map amendment and an addition of residential uses to the Planned Development, which established office and commercial uses in 2009.
This would give Oviedo resident Jack Campbell, who is listed on planning documents as the property's owner, the potential ability to use the land for public and private schools and day nurseries, single-family housing, multi-family housing, assisted living facilities, fraternal clubs sponsored by the state and all commercial zoning uses except funeral homes, laundromats and communication towers.
Based on staff's comments back to Axel during the Development Review Committee, there are a number of regulatory issues to be ironed out.
There were concerns about protection zones, requirements for a development order, buffer matters, comprehensive planning being undertaken, public works engineering and wetlands surveys, among other matters.
Those were all issues Axel foresaw being brought up, he said.
"We're really not doing anything but adding uses that are of a lesser intensity than what's already allowed," he continued. "We talked, for example, about this being up to 10 residential units per acre, in contrast it currently allows for 36,000 square feet of office and retail."
That commercial would stay as a possibility, but the potential residential use is far less dense. Axel will resubmit the FLUP amendment to DRC in the coming weeks after addressing staff comments.