Commission Meeting Agenda Item

Agenda Item

Consideration of Approval of the Lady Lake Commons Outparcel “D” ― New Major Site Plan MJSP 02/21-001 ― Proposing a Multi-Tenant Building Offering 3,600 Square Feet of Retail Space and 2,560 Square Feet for a Bank Institution with Drive-Through Facilities Featuring 39 Parking Spaces, Including Two Florida ADA Accessible Parking Spaces; Proposed on a 1.68-Acre Outparcel within the Lady Lake Commons Plaza Located at the Southeast Corner of North Highway 27/441 and Fennell Blvd.; Identified by Alternate key 3305451


Growth Management

Staff recommends approval of the Major Site Plan for the Lady Lake Commons – Outparcel D, referenced as MJSP 02/21-001, with the following waivers:

  1. Chapter 10, Section 10-3).a.)2). — All commercial properties must have a minimum of 160 tree caliper inches per acre.
  2. Chapter 10, Section 10-3).b.)B).1). — Landscaping Buffer Class “A” – Reduction in buffer width along the north elevation.
  3. Chapter 20). Section 20-3C).3).A). — New commercial buildings should adopt and must closely follow one of the four recommended architectural styles: Frame Vernacular, Craftsman/Bungalow, Mediterranean, or Mission.


On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the Benchmark Group submitted Civil Site Plans, Landscaping Plans, and Architectural Elevations for the Lady Lake Commons Outparcel “D” MJPS 02/21-001; a New Major Site Plan proposing a multi-tenant building featuring approximately 3,600 square feet of retail space and 2,560 square feet for a banking institution, on a 1.68-acre parcel owned by Benchmark Lady Lake 25 Associates, LLC, and identified by Alternate Key Number 3305451.

This outparcel would be the last piece to be developed within the Lady Lake Commons Plaza.

The Developer has constructed the inline shopping plaza building which consists of approximately 71,810 square feet of retail area. Miller Ale’s Restaurant was developed under Outparcel “A” as a sit-down restaurant featuring 235 seats, and Mission BBQ and Heartland Dental have been developed under Outparcel “B” and “C “respectively.


In accordance with the Land Development Regulations, Chapter 20, Section 20-3C).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 will incorporate a few elements of the Mediterranean and Craftsman Architectural design styles, mostly contemporary building elements similar to the Lady Lake Commons Plaza inline building exterior elevations where Goodwill and Total Wine currently operate.

The elevations feature diverse exterior building materials including fiber-reinforced cement panels, aluminum storefront system, split face concrete masonry units, smooth concrete masonry units painted, exterior insulated finishing systems, metal coping/cornices, glass storefront, windows, and doors, etc. Please see elevations enclosed.


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

In accordance with Chapter 10, Section 10-3).a).2)., all commercial properties must have a minimum of 160 tree caliper inches per acre. The applicant has designed location and planting of landscaping in accordance to Town’s Landscaping Code as it refers to spacing, native vegetation, and water use requirements, while taking into consideration site visibility and overcrowding of plant material.

The site is approximately 1.68 acres, so the site must provide 268.8 tree caliper inches in trees (1.68 acres x 160 TCI). By the number of trees proposed (47 canopy trees and 21 understory trees) and the planting specification requirement, it appears that the proposal for total tree caliper inches is 235.5. There is a 33.3 tree caliper inches deficit.

Tree Bank Donation: Chapter 10) Section 10-5). f). — Tree bank option. In cases where any or all replacement trees cannot be adequately accommodated on a site, or off-site where applicable. At a minimum, the replacement fee per tree shall be the average retail, installed cost as quoted by three local landscape contractors or plant nurseries.

Chapter 10, Section 10-3).b).B).1). — Landscaping Buffer Class “A” requirements along the north elevation.

The applicant proposes a landscaping buffer width of 6.10 feet; however, landscaping plant material will be planted, providing a total of 12 canopy trees on the buffers combined. There is a cross-access easement drive proposed and designed for connectivity to other outparcels, which highly restricts the placement of additional landscaping plant material within the north buffer.

All other landscaping tree planting requirements have been met.


On February 19, 2021, engineer of record Robert Robb submitted a Minor Modification of Permit No. 153572-1 for the Lady Lake Commons Out lot D Commercial Office project for the 1.68-acre parcel to be developed as a 3,600-square-foot retail space and 2,560-square-foot bank institution. The site will be serviced by one existing master stormwater pond with two basins that was constructed with the shopping plaza improvements. The site will require a minimum of two water and sewer ERUs to service the property.


The Lady Lake Commons Shopping Plaza is a community development at approximately 102,725 square feet and has been developed in phases, with the inline building and associated parking spaces being completed first, and each outparcel A through D being subsequently developed. A master traffic impact analysis for the entire plaza was conducted by Kimley-Horn and Associates with a final revision dated October 2018, and a final review was conducted by the Lake-Sumter MPO dated December 7, 2018.

With a maximum buildout of 102,725 square feet, the shopping plaza generates (ITE Code 820) approximately 4,041 net new daily trips per day per every 1,000 square feet of gross leased area after accounting for Pass-by Traffic. The project is anticipated to generate an aggregate of 366 new PM peak-hour trips; 176 entering and 190 exiting for the entire plaza. The engineer of record anticipates 200 peak-hour trips for the drive-in bank and 26 peak-hour trips for the retail/office space. It was determined upon review by the Lake-Sumter MPO that the project meets the intent of the criteria in the Lake-Sumter Traffic Impact Analysis Methodology and Guidelines.


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; with the exception of the requested waivers and granted variance.

The civil engineering and landscaping site plans, consisting of 16 sheets, have been submitted on 24" x 36"sheets and certified by Robert F. Robb Professional Engineer with Robb 7 Taylor, drawn with final revisions dated April 15, 2021. Sight Lighting and Photometric Plans consisting of five sheets drawn by Kevin G. Carlson P.E. with KBA Engineering Inc., are dated February 25, 2021. Landscaping and Irrigation Plans consisting of seven sheets drawn by James D. Brown with KPM Franklin are dated February 3, 2021. Architectural Elevation Plans consisting of three sheets drawn by Daniel Currea, Principal with DC Studio are dated February 3, 2021.

Town staff completed the following reviews which are included in the packet:

Review #2 for the general site development completed by Neel-Schaffer Engineering, dated May 6, 2021 (Satisfied).

Review by Fire Inspector Kerry Barnett dated April 25, 2021 (Satisfied).

Review by Public Works Utility Supervisor Butch Goodman dated March 24, 2021 (Satisfied).

Review by Building Official Matt Adair with Safebuilt dated April 1, 2021 (Satisfied).

Past Actions

At the March 10, 2021 meeting, the Parks, Recreation and Tree Advisory Committee voted 4 to 0 to forward the site plan for Lady Lake Commons - Outparcel “D” to the Town Commission with the recommendation of approval of the landscaping waivers.

Fiscal Impact

To be determined.

Source of Funding

Not applicable.

Funding Account

Not applicable.