WG Commission approves changes to PAM Rehab Hospital

The City Commission approved the applicant’s request to amend the property’s existing Planned Commercial Development zoning.

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The city of Winter Garden hosted a rescheduled commission meeting and budget hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 5, after the original Thursday, Sept. 29, meeting was canceled due to Hurricane Ian. 

One of the main topics of conversation was the approval of an ordinance relating to the PAM Rehab Hospital where the applicant requested an amendment to the subject property’s existing Planned Commercial Development zoning.

The ordinance addresses the 5.51-acre property, located at 541 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, and includes amended PCD requirements to permit the development of the site with a new single-story 50,000-square-foot physical rehabilitation hospital with associated site development such as landscaping, outdoor rehabilitation areas, sidewalks and stormwater infrastructure.

Community Development Director Steve Pash said the proposed PCD amendment is consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan and the city of Winter Garden Code of Ordinances.

The ordinance was passed unanimously.


  • The City Commission unanimously approved four ordinances in a second reading and public hearing to adopt proposed budgets and millage rate for Fiscal Year 2022-23. For this budget, Finance Director Laura Zielonka said the ad valorem taxable value increased by 12.1%. The city is recommending keeping the millage rate at 4.5 mills, which will generate about $21.3 million in revenue, an increase of about $2.3 million.
  • Mayor John Rees read a proclamation announcing Sept. 24 through Oct. 2 as Diaper Awareness Week. 
  • Two properties, 0.59 acres at 13023 West Colonial Drive and 0.75 acres located at Ninth Street, were annexed and rezoned into the city as City C-2 Arterial Commercial District after a second reading. 
  • Pash presented the second reading and public hearing of a request to rezone 31 acres of land located at 115 Roper Road, and 705 and 721 Winter Garden-Vineland Road from Single-Family Residential District, R-1, to Planned Unit Development, PUD. He said the property has a low density residential future land use designation, which would allow a maximum of six dwelling units per acre, meaning the property could be developed at its maximum capacity of 186 units. However, the developer has proposed 2.8 units per acre, coming in at a total of 87 homes. The ordinance passed 4-1, with Mueller dissenting. 
  • The City Commission approved an RFQ ranking for a Construction Manager at Risk services contract for Crest Avenue WWTF upgrades and to begin negotiations for Task Order 1 pre-construction services with Wharton Smith, Inc. 
  • Commissioners approved two site plans: One at 1275 E. Story Road for Manheim Inspection Building and Rim Shop and one at 411 N. Dillard St. for Health Central Park Addition & Renovation. 
  • The City Commission approved the change of location for the American Legion Post 63’s Ruck Walk special event from Veterans Park to Plant Street Market/Crooked Can Brewery on Saturday, Nov. 12.
  • Erik Halluska and Bruce Schobel were appointed to the Police and Firefighters’ Pension Board for a four-year term through Nov. 30, 2026. 
  • Ed McKinney was appointed to the General Employees’ Pension Board for a four-year term through Sept. 30, 2026.  



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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