TAVARES — Residents from the communities of Mount Plymouth and Sorrento are encouraged to attend a design workshop on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Round Lake Elementary School cafeteria, located at 31333 Round Lake Road, Mount Dora.
The workshop will explore design standards and guidelines for the “main street” district of the Mount Plymouth and Sorrento communities. The focus of the meeting is to discuss two projects local property owners are proposing to develop in the “main street” district. The planning at this event will be used as a reference in creating new land development regulations for the Mount Plymouth and Sorrento “main street” district.
The event is one of many recent public meetings to shape how the two distinct communities of Mount Plymouth and Sorrento grow in the future. In 2001, Lake County hired a consultant to conduct a study of the Mount Plymouth and Sorrento area. After many focus groups, workshops and meetings, three of the resulting recommendations were to:
- Form a community advisory group to continue to provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners;
- Study and develop policies for Lake County’s Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map; and
- Establish design standards and guidelines.
The Board of County Commissioners created the Mount Plymouth Sorrento Planning Advisory Committee in October 2004. This year the advisory committee came to an agreement on policies to guide future growth in the community. The policies created three overlay districts: rural, suburban and main street.
The Lake County Growth Management Department asked for technical assistance from the Central Florida Sustainable Communities Initiative, a nonprofit planning organization, in exploring design standards and guidelines that reflect the community’s values for the “main street” district.
For more information about the meeting, or to obtain a copy of the draft design guidelines and map, call the Lake County Department of Growth Management at (352) 343-9632.