New residential community in Apopka for DR Horton; December 19, 2019

An aerial view of the planned residential project across from Orlando Health's envisioned medical campus in Apopka.
An aerial view of the planned residential project across from Orlando Health’s envisioned medical campus in Apopka. (Orange County Property Appraiser/GrowthSpotter)

Orlando Beltway Associates is trying to successfully pass off plans for the remaining roughly 50 acres of land it owns within Apopka’s Kelly Park Interchange Form-Based Code area.

According to the most recently submitted site plan, the company is looking to rezone the property to allow for a residential development that will feature a mix of townhomes and single-family homes.

The plans come about year after Orlando Beltway Associates sold the land across from the site to Orlando Health. The property at 5401 Effie Dr. sold for about $2.34 million. Prior to the closing, the hospital announced it envisioned building a medical campus that would serve communities in both Apopka and Mt. Dora.

Plans for the lot to the east call for about 140 single-family homes and about 60 townhomes. The conceptual site plan shows a minimum lot width of 40 feet and 20 feet.

Because the site falls within the Kelly Park Interchange District, developers are required to rezone the land to a Mixed-KPI zoning before receiving any development approvals from the city.

The site is also located within the KPI Transition Overlay District, which is intended to provide a buffer between the higher density projects to the south. Developments there are permitted residential densities between five dwelling units per acre and 10 dwelling units per acre.

The zoning amendment went before Apopka’s Development Review Committee last week.

City planner and project manager Bobby Howell told GrowthSpotter the request for the Orlando Beltway East project did not move forward with approvals. The developer must therefore resubmit plans and address some outstanding staff comments, he said.

Orlando Beltway Associates banked the land in Apopka almost 30 years ago in anticipation of a future Orlando Beltway. The company is led by Full Sail University founder James “Bill” Heavener, real estate developer Patrick Morley and Chuck J. Mitchell Jr., CEO of First Capital Property Group.

VHB is the project engineer, along with consultant Jim Hall. The site plan shows the community will link to a neighboring residential subdivision to the north called Bridle Path. The BurnBrae Companies, a real estate company headquartered in Washington, D.C., planned the 150-lot residential subdivision.

The developments are among the first to rise near the Kelly Park Road interchange — one of four interchanges opening in part of the $1.6 billion, 25-mile Wekiva Parkway project that will complete the beltway around northwest metropolitan Orlando.

The expressway was designed to provide an alternative to I-4, and relieve U.S. 441, S.R. 46 and other area roads of traffic congestion.