Commission Meeting Agenda Item

Agenda Item

Consideration for the Miller’s Ale House New Major Site Plan ― Lady Lake Commons Outparcel ― MJSP 05/19-001 ― Proposing a 235-seat sit-down restaurant site on 2.42 acres, addressed as 635 North Highway 27/441, at the southeast corner of the intersection of North Highway 27/441 and Fennell Boulevard, currently identified by Alternate Key Number 3305451


Growth Management

Staff recommends approval of the Miller’s Ale House New Major Site Plan MJSP 05/19-001 with waivers from the following provisions:

Chapter 10, Section 10-3).a).2). — All commercial properties must have a minimum of 160 tree caliper inches per acre.

Chapter 10, Section 103).b).B).1). — Landscaping Buffer Class “A” width requirements along the south elevation.

Chapter 10, Section 103).b).B).2). — Landscaping Buffer Class “B” width requirements along the north elevation.


On May 9, 2019, the Town of Lady Lake received a new major site plan application and plans submitted by Benchmark Lady Lake 25 Associates, LLC, for the construction of a 7,702square foot sit-down restaurant building with 149 parking spaces, including five Florida ADA accessible handicap parking spaces. The restaurant will feature 235 seats and will employ approximately 16 employees at any given shift.

The property is zoned “HC” (Heavy Commercial) and the Future Land Use is RET-Commercial General – Retail Sales and Services; which allows for the proposed land uses and is compatible and consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Lady Lake Commons Outparcel A is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of North Highway 27/441 and Fennell Blvd.

The site plan was reviewed to determine if it is in compliance with the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) including parking, setbacks, landscaping, engineering, environmental protection and commercial design standards. The applications were determined to be in compliance with the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) and the Comprehensive Plan.

The Civil engineering site plans, consisting of nineteen sheets, have been submitted on 24” x 36” sheets and certified by Robert F. Robb, Professional Engineer with Robb and Taylor Engineering Solutions, Inc., are dated June 20, 2019. Photometric Plan consisting of one sheet and certified by Robert F. Robb, Professional Engineer with Robb and Taylor Engineering Solutions, Inc., are dated June 20, 2019. Landscaping and Irrigation Plans submitted, consisting of three sheets drawn and certified by James D. Brown, Registered Landscape Architect with KPM Franklin, are dated May 9, 2019. Architectural Exterior Elevations consisting of three sheets dated April 5, 2019 are drawn and certified by FRCH Nelson.

Town staff, Neel Schaffer Engineering, Fire Inspector Kerry Barnett, and Building Official Ron Rowe completed reviews. The following items are included in the packet:

Site Plan Review completed by Growth Management on 6/13/2019 (Satisfied).

Review No. 2 for the general site development completed by Neel-Schaffer Engineering, dated 6/24/2019 (Satisfied).

Review by Fire Inspector Kerry Barnett dated 6/12/2019 (Satisfied).

Review by Building Official Ron Rowe dated 6/18/2019 (Satisfied).

Review by Lady Lake Public Works dated 6/18/2018 (Satisfied).

FDOT comments dated 9/10/2018 (Satisfied).

Lake-Sumter MPO comments dated 12/7/2018 (Satisfied).


In accordance with Chapter 10Landscape and Tree Protection, the site is required to provide 387 tree caliper inches based on the 2.42acre site development area (160”x 2.42).

The applicant is providing approximately 295 tree caliper Inches with a remaining deficiency of 92 tree caliper Inches. The following number of trees are being provided:

1 Eagleston Holly tree at 2.5 tree caliper inches

8 Southern Magnolia trees at 3 tree caliper inches each

44 Live Oak trees at 4 tree caliper inches each

35 Crape Myrtle trees at 2.5 tree caliper inches each

2 Japanese Privet trees at an average of 2.5 tree caliper Inches each

The applicant will be mitigating any tree caliper deficiency via Tree Bank Donations.

It was found that the applicant has designed location and planting of landscaping in accordance to Town’s Landscaping Code as it refers to spacing, native vegetation, water use requirements, while taking into consideration site visibility and overcrowding of plant material.


In accordance with the Land Development Regulations, Chapter 20, Section 203C).3).A)., new buildings should adopt and must closely follow one of the four recommended architectural styles: Frame Vernacular, Craftsman/Bungalow, Mediterranean, or Mission. The applicant has incorporated elements of the Mediterranean Architectural Design Styles and contemporary building elements similar to adjacent developments found within the Lady Lake Crossings and Village Crossroads Plaza.

Past Actions

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Technical Review Committee members individually reviewed the application regarding the Site Plan application and provided final comments.

The Parks, Recreation, and Treed Advisory Committee reviewed this new Major site plan application at a special meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and voted 3 to 0 to forward the application to the Town Commission with the recommendation of approval.

On Monday, April 15, 2019, the applicant presented the proposed Architectural Design Style for the building at the regular Special Conceptual Town Commission Meeting. The Town Commission voted 4 to 0 to allow the project to move forward with the as presented.

Fiscal Impact

Not applicable.

Funding Account

Not applicable.