How does nearly 400 more homes on Lakeshore sound?

There are currently TWO large subdivisions planned for a short segment of Lakeshore drive near 561.  The two projects are unrelated, aside from using the same law firm and consultant teams to represent them. While the projects are separate, the principals of the larger project are carefully watching the outcome of the smaller project before deciding to file for their own comp plan change to do exactly the same thing as the smaller project is proposing.

The first project is for 102 houses to be built behind the church (polling place) on Lakeshore drive, across from Denali Drive.  This project is using a provision within the comprehensive plan to allow density as high as one house per acre, provided they set aside 50% of the net build-able acres in conservation easements.  This is of course the highest density allowed within their designation in the Comp Plan.  Alternative density options available to them are 1 house per 3 acres, with 35% set aside in conservation, or the native 1 house per 5 acres they are allowed without going through the PUD process.  Why do developers insist on squeezing every last drop out of an area, rather than building projects that are compatible? In this case, Pillar Homes – the developers, are a local family and should easily recognize the existing challenges facing the Lakeshore corridor.  For far longer than the 6 years this group has been active, residents in the area have been sounding the alarm over the same concerns with no relief, yet developers are still lining up to see if they can be the one to drive the last nail?!

Of course, at any density all developments should be required help mitigate (or at least not compound) challenges faced within their area.  For the Lakeshore corridor specifically, we know our roadways are constrained as well as over crowded, and the ever increasing loads they are expected to support are destroying the character and quality of life in the area.  The levels of congestion are making the corridor more and more unsafe, and eroding the character and qualities that attracted us to raise our families here.  The developers have submitted a report containing over 135 pages to refute what we live with daily.  We don’t need consultants to know we have absorbed too much over just the last 6 years since this page was born – we cannot continue to absorb more.

This project is due for a deciding vote on Tuesday June 22, 2022.  Let’s hope the commission shows the strength and leadership to stop these density increases in areas where they lack right-of-way or the ability to provide the necessary infrastructure improvements to support them.  Better yet, make sure they hear YOUR voice, and let them know how you want to be represented.

Shown below,  Lake Nellie Crossing looks a lot like a standard Florida tract community, with buffering around the church providing convenient conservation open space:

Lake Nellie platting

Waiting on-deck, right behind Lake Nellie Crossing is an even bigger proposal, for 287 additional homes, between Little Lake Nellie and Lakeshore.  This second project which abuts Little Lake Nellie as well as the boundary of the Green Swamp is currently allowed 1 house per 5 acres in the comp plan.  The developers would like to change their designation from rural to rural transition to match the nearby Lake Nellie project, which will open up the same densities via PUD – all the way up to 1 house per acre.  And guess what?  The proposal they shared via community meetings again seeks the highest density allowed – 1 house per acre if they are granted the comp plan change. 

When will it end? 

 

Green Swamp Sand Mining

The battle over the Green Swamp is heating up yet again.  On Feb 23, 2021 the Central Florida Sand Mine Association is making yet another attempt at removing restrictions on mining in the Green Swamp.  Their request to amend Comprehensive Plan Policy 1-4.2.1 from adhering to open space requirements effectively puts the entire Green Swamp in play for sand mining.  See what the Orlando Sentinel had to to say about this last time they attempted it, and a noted Florida environmentalist has to say about it now –  then email your Lake County Commissioners below to let them know how you feel: Commissioner Shields – DShields@lakecountyfl.gov, Commissioner Campione – LCampione@lakecountyfl.gov, Commissioner Parks – SParks@lakecountyfl.gov, Commissioner Smith – KSmith@lakecountyfl.gov, Commissioner Blake – JBlake@lakecountyfl.gov

UPDATE: As of June 2021, the sand mining association has WITHDRAWN their application.  We can expect that they will be back as soon as they have a more favorable Commission, but for now, THANK YOU!  We stopped them for now!

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The following paragraph pertains to a battle we lost in 2019 and are now fighting at the state level…The below image shows a zoning change to allow subdivisions within the boundaries of the Green Swamp. Existing homes are noted by the blue number 1. The images with the numbers 14 and 15 show 29 homes squeezed into the usable acres (the rest of their 284 acre parcel is swamp land). We are asking the community if this is how we envision the future of the Green Swamp – 1 home every 5 or 10 acres, or subdivisions sprinkled throughout the Green Swamp, with a net increase of 1500 homes with wells and septic tanks? (By reworking the zoning, they have gone from 6 homes on the property to 29.  If this passes, other developers will quickly follow…) You can read what the Orlando Sentinel thinks about this issue here


Welcome to KeepClermontRural.org.  This website was developed by residents of South Lake County who are concerned about the uncontrolled high density housing growth in our area.  We have recently been battling a rezoning of the southwest corner of Sawmill Lake which would increase the density of that land by 20 fold, from rural to a crowded subdivision, but other issues have arisen in the interim (see below). 

What has actually been proposed?

Please click the following link to see a PDF file from the most recent community meeting held by the developer: Community Meeting Flyer 2015

Why should you be concerned?

What can you do about it?