Winter Park Council votes to give developers plat extensions
November 11, 2009
The Town of Winter Park eased its timeline on developers Tuesday, Nov. 3, changing the town code to allow as many extensions to the 180-day subdivision plat recordation deadline as seems reasonable and necessary.
Last spring council amended the year-old ordinance to allow only a one-time extension.
In light of the current economic situation, “We may have been a bit heavy-handed last May,” said town manager Drew Nelson.
Nelson proposed the original plat recordation ordinance in November 2008 to protect the neighbors of planned developments and to encourage developers to move forward on projects that were otherwise stalled.
Tuesday’s action took into account the economic woes of four developers who are holding properties with unrecorded plats, including:
• 24-unit Fireside Creek condominium project on Forest Trail, which is in foreclosure;
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• 10-unit Hideaway Pines condos at the corner of Forest Trail and Elk Trail;
• 24-unit Creeksedge Condominiums on Lions Gate Drive; and,
• Winter Park Square, a 105-unit condo project with 25,000 square feet of nonresidential space on the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Miller Road.
After amending the ordinance, council approved, 4-2, all four requests for second 180-day extensions. Council members Chris Seemann and Jimmy Lahrman voted against the motion, citing concerns over the condition of “The Shed” at Winter Park Square and suggesting that it should perhaps be demolished before any further extensions are granted.
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