Chamber member and developer Jim Lentz and his team presented more exciting details on the development for Harmony on Lake Eloise at a series of adjacent neighborhood meetings and to the planning commission on April 5. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the plans for the site. It will be taken up by the City Commission in May. A few highlights:
- The development will include 8 neighborhoods to be developed in phases over an estimated 10 years. The 1,500 units (well below the density allowed in the city code) will include everything from estate homes, small lot single family residential, townhomes/condos, a 150-room inn with restaurant, the renovation of the Orleans house for meetings and events and resort residential homes.
- The height of the homes are restricted depending on their location within the development to keep the 48 grand oak trees as a centerpiece for the development as well as be respectful neighbors to the nearby existing communities.
- The lakefront will be preserved as a park/recreational area in addition to "pocket parks" throughout the neighborhoods.
- The developer will be realigning W. Lake Eloise Drive to be a 'complete street' including a landscaped median, minimum 11-ft lanes, a bike lane on each side and a sidewalk. This will improve the functionality of the existing roadway. An updated traffic study will be submitted prior to starting each phase of development.