MEETING DATE:   July 11, 2011


FROM:                       Bill Wiley, AICP, Community Development Director


SUBJECT:                  Ordinance for rezoning for Norhen Properties, Inc. property from County R-6 (Urban Residential) to City PUD (Planned Unit Development)


PROJECT:                 To allow for a commerce park



Staff Recommendation: 

The Planning staff and the Planning Commission recommend approval of the proposed rezoning for the subject property from County R-6 (Urban Residential) to City PUD (Planned Unit Development).



The project site is approximately 10 acres.  The property is generally located west of U.S. 27, north of Ravenswood Court Subdivision and east of Chase Landing, as shown on the attached General Location Map. The present zoning for this property is County R-6 (Urban Residential). Currently, the property is used for undeveloped and a single family rentals and the proposed use is for a commerce park. The surrounding zoning of adjacent properties is County RMRP (Mobile Home Rental Park) and County C-2 (Community Commercial) on the north, County R-6 (Urban Residential) on the south, City P (Public), City C-3 (Highway Commercial), County CP (Planned Commercial), City PUD (Planned Unit Development) and County C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial) on the east, and County R-6 (Urban Residential) and County RMRP (Mobile Home Rental Park) on the west. The proposed Land Use designation for the subject property is City General Commercial.


The proposed zoning district of City PUD (Planned Unit Development) is compatible with the adjacent and nearby properties in the area and with the proposed future land use designation of City General Commercial.


The existing land uses surrounding the property are undeveloped, commercial, single family homes and County EMS repair facility.


Future development of the property requires City utilities.


By a vote of 6 to 0 June 16, 2011, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed request.



1.         Approve the proposed rezoning to City PUD (Planned Unit Development) thereby allowing consistent zoning and development standards for this area.

            2.         Other such action as the Commission may deem appropriate.


Fiscal Impact:

There is a positive fiscal impact to the City through the further development of this property.


Submission Date and Time:    9/22/11 10:02 PM____

Department: Community  Development

Prepared by:  Bill Wiley, AICP                    

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Section 1


Based upon the petition of Norhen Properties, Inc., the petitioner of the property hereinafter described, which petition has heretofore been approved by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg Florida, pursuant to the provisions of the Laws of Florida, the said property located in Lake County, Florida, is hereby rezoned from County R-6 (Urban Residential) to City PUD (Planned Unit Development), zoning district subject to conditions contained in Exhibit A, to-wit:


Legal Description



Section 2.   


This ordinance shall become effective upon its passage and adoption, according to law.


PASSED AND ADOPTED at the regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, held on the                            day of                                          , 2011.




By: _________________________________




City Clerk







CASE #:  034-1-061611                                                                                                                              EXHIBIT A




                                       PLANNED DEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS

                                                                     June 16, 2011


These Planned Development Conditions for a PUD (Planned Unit Development) District are granted by the City of Leesburg Planning Commission, Lake County, Florida to Norhen Properties, Inc, "Permittee" for the purposes and terms and conditions as set forth herein pur­suant to authority contained in Chapter 25 "Zoning", Sec­tion 25-278 "Planned Development Process" of the City of Leesburg Code of Ordinances, as amended.


BACKGROUND: The "Permittee" has submitted an application requesting a PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning dis­trict to permit industrial and commercial uses on an approxi­mately 9.99 acres site with­in the City of Leesburg in accordance with their Planned Development application and supplemental information.


1.        PERMISSION

          Permission is hereby granted to Norhen Properties, Inc. to operate, and maintain a PUD (Planned Unit Development) development in and on real proper­ty in the City of Leesburg. The property is generally located west of U.S. 27, north of Ravenswood Court Subdivision and east of Chase Landing. The property is more particularly described as shown in the attached legal description below.



See Exhibit B.


3.        LAND USE

The above-described property, containing approximately 9.9 acres, shall be used for a commercial and office park pursuant to City of Leesburg development codes and standards.

A.             Uses

                    1)       Uses shall be those listed as permitted uses in this document and shall occupy the approximate area as shown on the Conceptual Plan dated April 2011.


                    2)       Permitted Uses shall be as follows:

                              a.       Commercial and office park development and associated uses.


                    3)       Uses prohibited shall be as follows:

                              a.       internet sweepstake cafe

                              b        group homes

                              c.       crematoriums

                              d.      gas station or convenience stores

                              e.      car wash

                              f.       transient accommodations

                              g.       vehicle sales, service and repair

          h.       truck stops

          i.        animal kennels

          j.        heavy industrial uses

          k.       stockpiling

          l.        all waste related services

          m.       Any other similar uses which are not considered office or commercial in character or intensity which may adversely impact the adjoining properties do to traffic, noise, dust, etc.

          B.       Area  

The Impervious surface coverage for this site shall not exceed eighty (80) percent of the gross site area.


          C.       Open Space

A minimum of twenty (20) percent of the site shall be developed as open space, including retention areas, buffer and landscaped areas. Parking areas and vehicle access areas shall not be considered in calculating open space. 


4.       SITE ACCESS

A.      Access to the property will be from C.R.25A and US 27. Any additional access shall be subject to the City of Leesburg PUD amendment and site plan application review process.



          A.    The minimum development standards shall be those required for the PUD district except as amended by these conditions including the Conceptual Plan.


          B.       Property shall be required to be platted through the City of Leesburg subdivision plan approval process prior to development of the site.                  


6.       PARKING

A.             The permittee shall construct off-street parking spaces within the development per the conceptual site plan, pursuant to the City of Leesburg Code of Ordinances, as amended, which shall include the required number of handicapped parking spaces. 


7.       WETLANDS

A.     All wetlands on the project site shall be identified and the location and extent of each wetland shall be determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District and/or U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.  Each wetland shall be placed on a suitable map, signed and sealed by a surveyor registered to practice in Florida and shall be submitted as part of the preliminary plat application.


B.      Buildings or structures shall be a minimum of 50 feet from any wetland jurisdiction        boundary.


C.    Wetlands shall have a minimum upland buffer of 30 feet or the upland buffer established by St. Johns River Water Management District and/or U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; whichever is more restrictive.  All upland buffers shall be naturally vegetated and upland buffers that are devoid of natural vegetation shall be re-planted with native vegetation or as required by St. Johns River Water Management District and/or U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.


D.     Land uses allowed within the upland buffers are limited to stormwater facilities as permitted   by St. Johns River Water Management District.


E.    If wetland alteration is permitted by St. Johns River Water Management District and/or U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, wetland mitigation shall be required in accordance with permit approvals from St. Johns River Water Management District or U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, whichever is more restrictive.


F.    A wildlife management plan for the project site shall be prepared based on the results of an environmental assessment of the site and any environmental permit required from applicable governmental agencies. The wildlife management plan shall be submitted to the City as part of the preliminary plat application.  The Permittee shall designate a responsible legal entity that shall implement and maintain the wildlife management plan.



          A.      Prior to receiving Final Development Plan Approval, the "Permittee" shall sub­mit, if applicable, a Master Site Drainage Plan and Utility Implementation Plan accept­able to the City of Leesburg. Prior to removal, renovation or demolition of any existing development on the site, the per­mittee shall provide:

                     1)      A detailed site plan demonstrating no direct dis­charge of storm­water run­off generated by the devel­opment into any natural sur­face waters or onto adjacent properties shall be required.


                    2)       A detailed site plan indicating all provisions for electric, wa­ter, sewer, and natural gas in accordance with the site plan review process as required by the City of Leesburg Code of Ordinances.



           A.      Any transportation improvements or right-of-way that may be required shall be based on projected needs and shall be contingent upon site plan approval by City staff during the development review and permitting process.

           B.      Vehicular access to the project site shall be provided by County Road 25A and US 27 for both primary and emergency access. The accesses shall be a two lane divided boulevard type entrance road. Any other potential accesses such as to adjacent properties will be reviewed by the Development Review Committee during site plan process. 

           C.      The Permittee shall provide all necessary improvements/signalization within and adjacent to the development as required by Lake County, the MPO and City of Leesburg.

           D.      All roads within the development shall be designed and constructed to meet the City of Leesburg requirements.

           E.      The Permittee shall be responsible for obtaining all necessary Lake County permits and a copy of all permits shall be provided to the City of Leesburg prior to site plan approval.

           F.      The City of Leesburg will not be responsible for the maintenance or repair of any of the roads or transportation improvements.  The Permittee shall establish an appropriate legal entity that will be responsible to pay the cost and perform the services to maintain the roads and transportation improvements.

           G.      A traffic/transportation study shall be submitted prior to site plan approval for review and determination of any necessary access improvements, including any off site improvements required by Lake County, the MPO or the City of Leesburg. Said improvements will be the responsibility of the Permittee.  

           H.      The development shall dedicate a 40 foot easement for a multi-purpose trail, including utilities, drainage, amenities etc. along the eastern property line from the northeastern corner of the property south, a distance of approximately 1308 feet.  This easement shall be dedicated to the City upon platting and/or site plan approval of the property. If the City’s trail system is developed adjacent to the required trail easement and the project has not completed all of its building construction, the developer will be required to complete construction of the required trail section. However, if the City’s completed trail has not reached the proposed trail section, the developer shall escrow funds to the City for the cost of the improvements as determined by their engineer and approved by the City.



          A.      All landscaping and buffering shall be in accordance with regulations con­tained within the City of Leesburg Code of Ordinances including;

                     1)      For each one hundred (100) linear feet, or fraction thereof, of boundary, the       following plants shall be provided in accordance with the planting standards and         requirements of the City of Leesburg Code of Ordinances, as amended.

a.   Two (2) canopy trees

b.   Two (2) ornamental trees

c.   Thirty (30) shrubs

d.   The remainder of the buffer area shall be landscaped with grass, groundcover, and/or other landscape treatment.

                              e.   Existing vegetation in the required buffer shall be protected during construction.


B.       In addition, development of the required buffers as shown on the Conceptual Plan shall include an (8) foot high PVC fence with decorative posts and caps as seen on Exhibit D with landscape canopy trees installed along the property lines on the development as a visual buffer to adjacent residential properties.

           C.      Variations to the landscape requirements of the code may be approved by the Community Development Director as long as the intent of the PUD and the Landscaping Code are maintained including consideration of existing fencing on adjacent properties and existing natural vegetative buffers.



                   A.      With the exception of public utilities, maintenance of all site im­provements, including but not limited to drives, internal sidewalks, landscaping and drainage shall be the responsibility of the owner. 



A.     The applicant shall be subject to Section 12-19 Regulation of Public Nuisances of the City of Leesburg Code of Ordinances, as per attached Exhibit E.


B.      A noise/vibration/dust and/or traffic study by the applicant may be required to ensure compliance with this section if reoccurring formal written complaints from multiple complainants related to traffic, noise/vibration/dust are received by the City. The applicant shall have the right to a hearing on the requirement for the referenced study before Planning Commission if they believe the complaints are not valid.


C.      The operation of machinery or equipment shall be restricted to the interior of buildings, except for the use of fork lifts etc. to receive and ship products.


D.     No activity including but not limited to loading and unloading, truck traffic, storage, fork lifts etc. shall occur in the buffer set back area, as described per Section 10 LANDSCAPING AND BUFFER REQUIREMENTS above.



                    A.      The proposed project may be constructed in phases in accordance with the Planned Unit Development Conditions and Conceptual Plan. Changes to the Development Plan, other than those conditions described in this agreement, shall be revised in accordance with the Planned Development review process.


                    B.      Implementation of the project shall substantially commence within 36 months of approval of this Planned Development.  In the event, the conditions of the PUD have not been substantially implemented during the required time period, the PUD shall be scheduled with due notice for reconsideration by the Planning Commission at their next available regular meeting. The Planning Commission will consider whether to extend the PUD approval or rezone the property to another appropriate zoning classification.



           A.      The uses of the proposed project shall only be those uses identified in the approved Planned Develop­ment Conditions. Any other proposed use must be specifically authorized in accordance with the Planned Develop­ment amendment process.


           B.      No person, firm or corporation shall erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, improve, move, convert, or demolish any building structure, or alter the land in any manner without first submitting the necessary plans and obtaining appropriate approvals in accordance with the City of Leesburg Codes. 


       C.      Construction and operation of the proposed use(s) shall at all times comply with City and other governmental agencies rules and regulations.


       D.      The transfer of ownership or lease of any or all of the property described in this PUD Agreement shall include in the transfer or lease agreement, a provision that the purchaser or lessee is made good and aware of the conditions pertaining to the Planned Unit Development established and agrees to be bound by these conditions.  The purchaser or lessee may request a change from the existing plans and conditions by following the procedures as described in the City of Leesburg Land Development Code, as amended.


           E.     These PUD Conditions shall inure to the benefit of, and shall constitute a covenant running with the land and the terms, conditions, and provisions hereof, and shall be binding upon the present owner and any successor, and shall be subject to each and every condition herein set out.



As submitted, the proposed zoning change does not appear to result in demands on public facilities which would exceed the current capacity of some public facilities, such as, but not limited to roads, sewage, water supply, drainage, solid waste, parks and recreation, schools and emergency medical facilities. However, no final development order (site plan and building permits) shall be granted for a proposed development until there is a finding that all public facilities and services required for the development have sufficient capacity at or above the adopted level of service (LOS) to accommodate the impacts of the development, or that improvements necessary to bring facilities up to their adopted LOS will be in place concurrent with the impacts of the development.

A.       Utilities

           1)      Projected Capacities

                    a.        The City’s utility planning efforts draw upon phasing, capacity and service requirements, based upon information provided by the applicant.  The City develops its plans consistent with sound engineering principles, prudent fiscal practices and due regard for regulatory compliance.

        b.        The development will require construction of new distribution mains, since existing facilities in the service area are not adequate.  Should the developer wish to accelerate the construction of such facilities to provide service, the developer will bear the cost of design, permitting and construction.  Any such facilities must be constructed in a fashion consistent with the City’s master plans and to the City standards and specifications.

c.     The City is in the process of Consumptive Use Permit renewal.  The application provides for anticipated demands due to this and other potential development.        


B.       Commitment of Capacity

           There are no previous commitments of any existing or planned excess capacity.


C.        Ability to Provide Services

           1)       The City intends to provide water, wastewater and reclaimed water services within its service area for the foreseeable future.

           2)       The City updates its Ten-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) as part of our annual budgetary process.  Included within the CIP are water, wastewater, and reclaimed water improvements necessary to provide service to proposed development.

           3)       The City has completed an impact fee study, based in part on the CIP in order to assure adequate and appropriate funding for required improvements. The combination of master planning and CIP planning has allowed the City to issue bonds to fund new potable water facilities and substantial reuse facilities, among other infrastructure improvements.




LEGAL DESCRIPTION                                                                                           EXHIBIT B




Alternate Keys #:1293464, 1293952, 2872675, 1293944, 1293472, 3785445 & 3275209  












 SITE PLAN                                                                                                             EXHIBIT C      




CONCEPTUAL FENCING                                                                                EXHIBIT D        























REGULATION                                                                                                          EXHIBIT E