Winter Garden Commission approves rezoning downtown properties

Winter Garden City Commissioners approved rezoning about 1.25 acres of property near Downtown Winter Garden.

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  • | 1:19 p.m. February 23, 2018
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Winter Garden City Commissioners unanimously approved Thursday night the second reading of two ordinances that both pertain to property located near Downtown Winter Garden.

Ordinance 17-22 rezones about 1.25 acres of property located at 304, 310 and 314 W. Bay St. in addition to 419, 429, 439 and 455 W. Plant St., from Residential (R-2) and Central Commercial (C-1) to Planned Commercial Development (PCD).

Ordinance 17-23 changes the future land-use designation of about 1.01 acres of property located at 304, 310 and 314 W. Bay St., as well as 439 and 455 W. Plant St. from Low-Density Residential to Traditional Downtown.

City Manager Mike Bollhoefer said the rezoning opens up more possibilities for the area as the rezoning will allow for “residential and/or commercial (businesses) with limitations based on the zone rules.

“It’s very common in a lot of smaller cities,” Bollhoefer said. “What’s on there now are just single-family homes and residential … The (new) zoning allows for options.”

Bollhoefer said the property owners requested to rezone the property.

“As the city is growing, it (rezoning) makes more sense than the current zoning (of the property),” Bollhoefer said.

Community Development Director Steve Pash said there are no plans yet for the property after the rezoning and changing the land-use designation.

“I don’t know what’s going to become of it,” Pash said. “The owners just requested (rezoning) it. I don’t know if they’re going to sell it or what.”

Commissioner Lisa Bennett abstained from voting on the ordinances because she works for a company that manages property on the land. No one from the public commented on the ordinances during the meeting.


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