Commission Meeting Agenda Item

Agenda Item

Consideration of the Water Oak Estates Sales Center Site Improvements — Major Modification to Site Plan MJM 09/19-001 and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) — Proposing to Construct a New 2,900 Square-Foot Administrative Building, a New 2,841-Square-Foot Sales Center Building, Placement and Realignment of Three New Model Homes, Addition of Approximately 16 New Parking Spaces, and Associated Pavers and Amenities; Referenced by Alternate Key 3538951


Growth Management

Staff recommends approval of the Water Oak Estates Sales Center Site Improvements — Major Modification to Site Plan 06/19-001.


On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Town staff received a Major Modification to Site Plan application and plans submitted by Daniel R. Gibbs with Atwell, LLC, in representation of property owner, Sun Communities Finance LP, for the Water Oak Country Club Estates site as per Town of Lady Lake Land Development Regulations, Chapter 7, Section 7-11.

The property is zoned “Manufactured Housing up to 9 dwelling units per acres” (MH-9) and the Future Land Use is Manufactured Home High Density (MH-HD), which allows for the proposed land uses and improvements and is compatible and consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.


The plan proposes the redevelopment of an area of approximately 1.65 acres consisting of the existing Sales Center located to the right off of the Water Oak Country Club Estates main entrance along Highway 27/441.

A main element of the proposed Sales Center redevelopment is the demolition and removal of the existing sales office building, the existing three model homes, removal of gravel parking and the removal of trees including seven Crape Myrtle, two Magnolia trees, and two palm trees to create a large open space area.

The applicant proposes to redevelop the former gravel parking into a plaza setting featuring a green landscape area that exhibits a more organic structure with a mixture of native plant material and landscaping upgrades. Paver sidewalks give path to walkways connecting the new three model homes to the new sales center and administrative buildings. The applicant will be providing a four open-sided outdoor fireplace with a stone finish and multiple sitting benches to accommodate gathering customers, residents, and the general public needing to access the Sales Center.

The new sales center building will be approximately 2,841 square feet, while the new administrative building will encompass 2,900 square feet of floor area. An additional 16 parking spaces will be added to the existing 12 parking spaces, bringing the total to 28 parking spaces, including two Florida ADA Accessible parking spaces.


As a result of the site modifications, the applicant has provided the St. Johns River Water Management District office an updated stormwater calculation for the site. The applicant indicated that the original permit showed approximately 18,000 square feet of roadway and cul-de-sac with 16 lots; each of which would contain an estimated 2,800 square feet of impervious area including the home and driveway. Total existing impervious surface allotted for this area was 61,800 square feet, while the new proposed impervious surface is now approximately 22,415 square feet or a 63.7 percent reduction.


As part of this approval process, the applicant has submitted a Memorandum of Understanding between Sun Communities Finance, LP and the Town of Lady Lake regarding NFPA 1, Chapter18 Fire Requirements.

Fire flow testing of two hydrants in near proximity of the Sales Office project yielded a flow of 1019 gallons per minute at 20 psi residual, not meeting the required flow of 1500 gallons. Sun Communities has recently placed two additional wells and feels confident that upon completion of the addition of the wells to the existing system, a minimum water pressure of 1500 gallons per minute at 20 psi can be achieved by a period not to exceed 18 months.

The applicant explored the cost of fire sprinkling the buildings, and it was determined that it would be cost prohibitive to add the fire suppression equipment when a few months down the line the completion of the two wells would take care of the fire flow requirement of 1500 gallons per minute at 20 psi. The Town’s Fire Inspector, Kerry Barnett, reviewed and concurred with the applicant.

The site plan was reviewed to determine if it is in compliance with the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) including drainage, grading and erosion control. The application was determined to be in compliance with the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) and the Comprehensive Plan.

The civil engineering site plans, consisting of nine sheets, have been submitted on 24” x 36” sheets and certified by Daniel R. Gibbs, Professional Engineer with Atwell, LLC, drawn on September 10, 2019 with final revisions dated February 27, 2020.

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

Review No.4 for the general site development completed by Neel-Schaffer Engineering, dated March 20, 2020 (Satisfied).

Review by Fire Inspector Kerry Barnett dated February 1, 2020 (Satisfied).

Review by Building Official Ron Rowe dated December 16, 2019 (Satisfied).

St. John’s River Water Management District Storm Water Permit No. 19000-21 dated February 27, 2020.

Past Actions

The Technical Review Committee members individually reviewed the application regarding the Site Plan application on Monday, December 16, 2019 and determined the submittal adequate for review and provided comments.

The Planning and Zoning Board does not review Site Plan Modifications.

Fiscal Impact

Not applicable.

Source of Funding

Not applicable.

Funding Account

Not applicable.