MEETING DATE:   July 10, 2006


FROM:                       Laura McElhanon, AICP

                                    Community Development Director


SUBJECT:                  Ordinance to Rezone: J. Craig Lynch - Serenby, LLC




Staff Recommendation: 

The Planning staff and Planning Commission recommend approval of the proposed Ordinance to rezone the subject property from City R-1 (Single Family Residential) to City PUD (Planned Unit Development).



The project site is approximately 127 acres.  The property is generally located south of C.R. 48, east of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Road and west of Rumford Road, as shown on the attached General Location Map. The present zoning for this property is City R-1 (Single Family Residential). Currently, the property is undeveloped and contains several single family residences. The proposed uses are single family and town home uses. The surrounding zoning designations are County (Agriculture) to the north, and County A (Agriculture) and City R1-A (Single Family Residential) to the south and City R1-A (Single Family Residential) to the east and west.


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


The existing land uses surrounding the property are single-family residential and agricultural uses. 


Development of the property shall require connection to City utilities at the owner’s expense.


By a vote of 5 to 0, the Planning Commission recommended approval.



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

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


Fiscal Impact:

There is no fiscal impact to the City.


Submission Date and Time:    7/21/06 4:26 PM7/19/06 3:10 PM7/7/06 3:39 PM____


Department: Community  Development

Prepared by: Bill Wiley, AICP

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Revised 6/10/04


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Section 1


Based upon the petition of J. Craig Lynch, Serenby, LLC, the owner 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 R-1 (Single Family Residential) to PUD (Planned Unit Development), subject to conditions contained in Exhibit A, to-wit:


(See Exhibit B for legal.)



Alternate Key Numbers 3830068, 1301882, 3562348, 1208645, 3562356, 3830072, 2616369,                                                           1208661 and 1780101. 


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 24th day of July, 2006.









City Clerk




CASE #:066-1-050406                                                                                                          EXHIBIT A




MAY 4, 2006


This Planned Unit Development Conditions for a PUD (Planned Unit Development) District is granted by the City of Leesburg Planning Commission, Lake County, Florida to J. Craig Lynch, Serenby, LLC, "Permittee" for the purposes and subject to the terms and conditions as set forth herein pursuant to authority contained in Chapter 25 "Zoning", Sec­tion 25-278 "Planned Unit Development " of the City of Leesburg Land Development Code, as amended.


BACKGROUND:  The "Permittee" is desirous of obtaining a Planned Unit Develop­ment (PUD) zoning district to allow construction of a proposed mixed use residential development consisting of a maximum of 429 residential units on approximately 128 acres with 190 townhomes units and 239 single-family units located south of C.R. 48, east of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Road and west of Rumford Road, on a site with­in the City of Leesburg in accordance with their PUD application and supplemental information.


1.       PERMISSION is hereby granted to J. Craig Lynch, Serenby, LLC to construct, operate, and maintain a Planned Unit Development in and on real property in the City of Leesburg.  The property is more particularly described as follows:



          See attached legal Exhibit B.[FAM1] 


2.        LAND USE

The above-described property shall be used for mixed use residential uses, pursuant to City of Leesburg development codes and standards.

A.      Residential Development

 1.       The project shall contain a maximum of 429 residential units on approximately 128 acres at a gross density not to exceed 3.35 units per acre.


        2.       The minimum lot size shall be 6,000 square feet for single-family detached.


        3.       Minimum lot widths shall be 55 feet and minimum lot depth shall be 110 feet.


        4.       The following minimum yard setbacks shall be maintained for single-family detached:


            Front setback – 25 feet;

Rear setback – 18 feet; and

Side setbacks - 5’ feet per side except for attached units (townhomes) which may have                                   zero lot line with 10 feet between blocks of attached structures.


5.        Minimum distance between structures shall be 10 feet; measured from building wall to building wall and the roof overhang shall not exceed 40 percent of the distance between the building wall and the property line.


        6.       Corner lots shall have a minimum side yard setback of 20 feet from the public right-of-way.


        7.       Accessory structures shall have a minimum rear and side setback of 5 feet and single accessory structures that are not attached to the principal structure shall not occupy more than 30 percent of the required rear yard.


        8.       An attached swimming pool screened enclosure must maintain a minimum setback of five (5) feet from the rear property line.


        9.       City staff as part of the preliminary plan approval process shall approve final lot sizes and setbacks based on the general intent of the PUD for various type units such as town homes, zero lot line, common wall, single-family etc.


        10.      Impervious surface coverage for single-family detached shall not exceed 70 percent for residential uses. Other types of development may exceed this percentage; however, the overall project shall maintain open space of 30 percent.[FAM2] 


    11.      Maximum building height shall not exceed two and one-half stories or 35 feet for single-family residential units.


        12.      Permitted Uses:

            a.   Single-family dwellings (detached or attached);    

b.   Townhome single-family dwellings;

c.   New urbanism design units with staff approval including rear garages living units;

d.   Accessory structures;

e.   Temporary [FAM3] modular sales center office not to exceed one year and construction office not to exceed two years from the approval of the final plat for the subdivision or phase there of.

            f.    Model homes may be used for sales center during the duration of the project.

            g.   All residential units shall be developed through a subdivision plat.


         13.       In order to comply with the diversity of housing required by the City’s adopted Growth Management Plan, Future Land Use Element, Goal I, and Objective 1.2, projects shall incorporate the following requirements:


                          a.   In order to provide a balance of housing types, more than one type of housing shall be provided such as single-family detached and detached dwellings, town houses etc. with each having a minimum of ten (10) percent of the total project except where new urbanism design communities are approved by City staff.


        B.     Recreational Development

1.       Recreational development shall include active and passive uses, as   well as enclosed or unenclosed recreational space, devoted to the joint use of the residents and consist of a minimum of 2 +/- acres of the project. 

 2.       Such recreation space shall consist of not less than two hundred (200) square feet of space per dwelling unit. In computing usable recreation space, the following items may be considered at one and twenty-five hundredths (1.25) times the actual area.


a.   Recreational activities such as play grounds, basket ball, tennis and hand ball        courts, etc.

b.       Developed recreational trails which provide access to the public trail system.

c.       Swimming pool, including the deck area which normally surrounds such pools.

d.       Indoor recreation rooms provided such rooms are permanently maintained for the use of residents for recreation.


3.       Required stormwater areas and buffer areas shall not be considered as recreational space except for areas developed as recreational trails which provide access to the public trail system.

  4.       The Planned Unit Development shall provide planned accessibility from all areas of the development to any proposed recreational facilities including pedestrian access where possible. 


 5.       If a connection to the proposed City trail system is required, the development shall provide a public rail to trails access/connection through the development with a minimum of a twenty-five (25) foot wide trail within the required buffer area. Construction of any required trail will be the developer’s responsibility and shall be developed per City trail requirements. Some credit may be allowed toward the required recreation areas depending on final determination of overall recreation and trail development plans. Final location and design shall be determined during the preliminary plan/site plan review process.


      C.    The commercial use of a sales office and/or model center shall be a permitted use as long as              it is specifically related to the PUD residential development of the site.

D.      Limited commercial uses shall be allowed within buildings designated for recreational use and    shall be intended for the primary use of project residents. The location and intensity of such uses shall be approved by the City staff as part of the preliminary plan review process.  Examples of  uses are sales office, post office, ATM or bank services, coffee shop etc.

            E.      Open Space and Buffer Areas

                    1.       All wetlands on the project site shall be identified and the location and extent of each                                       wetland shall be determined by 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 plan application.

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

  3.       Wetlands shall have a minimum upland buffer of 25 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.

        4.       Land uses allowed within the upland buffers are limited to hiking trails, walkways, passive recreation activities and stormwater facilities as permitted by St. Johns River Water Management District.

        5.       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.

        6.       A wildlife/archaeological 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 management plan shall be submitted to the City as part of the preliminary plan application. The Permittee shall designate a responsible legal entity that shall implement and maintain the management plan. 

        7.       To the extent practical, wetlands shall be placed in a conservation easement, which shall run in favor of, and be enforceable by, St. Johns River Water Management District or another legal entity such as a homeowners association.  The conservation easement shall require that the wetlands be maintained in their natural and unaltered state.  Wetlands shall not be included as a part of any platted lot, other than a lot platted as a common area, which shall be dedicated to St. Johns River Water Management District or another legal entity such as a homeowners association for ownership and maintenance.

        8.       Landscaping of the required buffer areas shall be as follows:

                  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.

      F.               Development Phasing

        1.       The proposed project may be constructed in phases in accordance with the Planned Unit Development Master Plan (attached as part of these conditions). Changes to the Development Plan, other than those conditions described in this agreement, shall be revised in accordance with the Planned Unit Development review process.

        2.       Implementation of the project shall substantially commence within 24 months of approval of the site plan and construction plan approvals for this Planned Unit Development.  In the event, the conditions of the PUD has not been substantially initiated 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 R1-A (Single Family Residential) or another appropriate zoning classification less intense than the development permitted by these PUD Conditions. 



Prior to receiving final development approval, the Permittee shall submit a stormwater management plan and utility plan acceptable to the City of Leesburg. Water, wastewater and natural gas services will be provided by the City of Leesburg. Prior to any clearing, grubbing, or disturbance of natural vegetation in any phase of the development, the Permittee shall provide:

           A.      A detailed site plan that demonstrates no direct discharge of stormwater runoff generated by the development into any wetlands or onto adjacent properties.

           B.      A stormwater management system designed and implemented to meet all applicable St. Johns River Water Management District and City of Leesburg requirements.

           C.      A responsible legal entity for the maintenance of the stormwater management system on the plat prior to the approval of the final plat of record. A homeowners association is an acceptable maintenance entity.

           D.      The 100-year flood plain shown on all plans and lots.

           E.      The appropriate documentation that any flood hazard boundary has been amended in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements, if the 100 year flood plain is altered and /or a new 100 year flood elevation is established in reference to the applicable flood insurance rate map.

           F.       A copy of the Management and Storage of Surface Waters permit obtained from St. Johns River Water Management District.

           G.      A detailed site plan that indicates all the provisions for electric, water, sewer, and/or natural gas in accordance with the City of Leesburg Land Development Codes.

           H.      Developer shall bear all responsibility, financial and otherwise, for the construction and installation of utility infrastructure and other improvements related to the use and development of the property including such off site improvements required by the City, all of which shall be constructed to the applicable specifications imposed by the ordinances and regulations of the City in effect at the time of construction. Off site improvements required by the City shall include those necessary for the properties located immediately south of the project including utility all required infrastructure.

           I.        Developer shall be responsible for the installation of a natural gas water heater and natural gas furnace in eighty percent (80%) of all homes in the development.



           A.      Vehicular access to the project site shall be provided by a minimum of four access points, two on County Road 48 and two southern accesses. The two on County Road 48 shall be two lane divided boulevard type entrance roads. Actual locations and design of the roads shall be determined during the Preliminary Subdivision Plan review process and shall include consideration of sidewalks, recreation paths etc. The public accesses to the south will be reviewed during the development review process. 

           B.      The Permittee shall provide their fair share of all necessary improvements / signalization within and adjacent to the development as required by Lake County and City of Leesburg.

           C.      All roads within the development including potential frontage roads along highways shall be designed and constructed by the developer to meet the City of Leesburg requirements.

           D.      Sidewalks shall be provided on both sides of the boulevard roads and shall provide cross connections to all recreation and residential areas.  Internal road rights-of-ways shall be of sufficient width to contain one sidewalk.  All sidewalks shall be constructed in accordance with City of Leesburg Codes.

           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 preliminary plat 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.      Should the Permittee desire to dedicate the proposed project’s internal road system to the City of Leesburg; the City, at its discretion, may accept or not accept the road system. Prior to acceptance, the Permittee shall demonstrate to the City the road system is in suitable condition and meets City of Leesburg requirements. As a condition of accepting the roadway system the City may create a special taxing district or make other lawful provisions to assess the cost of maintenance of the system to the residents of the project, and may require bonds or other financial assurance of maintenance for some period of time.

           H.      A traffic/transportation study, if applicable, shall be submitted prior to Site/Subdivision plan approval for review and determination of any necessary access improvements. Said improvements will be the responsibility of the Permittee.

           I.        At such time that traffic signals are warranted at the proposed project entrance(s), the Permittee shall pay their pro-rata share of the cost of the signal(s) as determined by City staff.



           A.      Residential Development

            1.         Building Design

a.       Detached single-family homes shall have garages located with the following provisions.

1)       Front access garages must be off set a minimum of five (5) feet from the attached primary structure or the front building line.

                 2)     Rear garages must be setback a minimum of twenty (20) feet from an alley                        or rear access drive.

3)       Side entrance garages may be in line with or off set from the primary structures front setback provided the garage has front facade windows.

4)     Homes with covered front entrees and/or porches of a minimum fifty (50)     square feet may have front access garages setback in line with the porch or five (5) feet forward of the porch.         

                        b.        The distance between any principal building and accessory building shall be a                                                minimum of ten (10) feet.

                        c.        Alternative new urbanism design and rear alley access units, if applicable, shall have the following:

1)       Ten (10) foot front setback.

2)      Traditional/Cracker style front elevations (See attached Examples urban-  style, traditional design).

3)       Covered front porches of at least forty percent of the length of the front      elevation at a minimum depth of four (4) feet.

              2.       Additional Design Features 

a.      All buildings shall utilize at least three of the following design features including garage auto doors to provide visual relief along all elevations of the building. Designs may vary by individual buildings or by building groups. If design variations are by individual buildings, they may be repeated in the next building group. If designs are by building groups, every other building must have a different design elevation.

         1)       Dormers

2)      Gables

3)      Recessed entries

4)      Covered porch entries

5)      Cupolas

6)      Pillars or posts

7)      Bay window (minimum 12 inch projections)

8)      Eaves (minimum 6-inch projections)

9)      Off-sets in building face or roof (minimum 16- inch trim).

10)      Repetitive windows with minimum 4-inch trim.

B.      Exterior building materials contribute significantly to the visual impact of a building on the                     community. They shall be well designed and integrated into a comprehensive design style                   for the project. The total exterior wall area of each building elevation shall be composed of                 one of the following:


                    1.        At least thirty-five percent (35%) full-width brick or stone (not including window and                                door areas and related trim areas), with the balance being any type of lap siding and/or                           stucco.


                    2.        At least thirty percent (30%) full-width brick or stone, with the balance being stucco                                      and/or a “cementitious” lap siding. (A “cementitious” lap siding product is defined as a                                             manufactured strip siding composed of cement-based materials rather than wood                                fiber-based or plastic-based materials. For example, Masonite or vinyl lap siding would                                     not be allowed under this option.).


                    3.        All textured stucco, provided there are unique design features such as recessed                                           garages, tile or metal roofs, arched windows etc. in the elevations of the buildings or                            the buildings are all brick stucco. Unique design features shall be reviewed by the                                  Planning and Zoning Manager for compliance.


           C.      Other similar design variations meeting the intent of this section may be approved by the                                Planning and Zoning Manager.



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




The proposed land use change or approval would 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 (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.








 [FAM1]This reference is redundant since the document itself is      Exhibit “A”

 [FAM2]The interpretation of this is not clear.

 [FAM3]Do you want to define or limit the “temporary” nature of this use?