Commission Meeting Minutes

Draft Minutes of the January 22, 2020 5:30 p.m.
Commission Workshop Meeting

The special meeting of the Lady Lake Town Commission was held in the Commission Chambers at Lady Lake Town Hall, 409 Fennell Blvd., Lady Lake, Florida with Mayor Jim Richards presiding. The meeting convened at 5:30 p.m.

A. Call to Order

Mayor Jim Richards

B. Roll Call

Commissioner (Ward) Present
Hannan (Four) NO
Kussard (One) YES
Holden (Two) YES
Vincent (Three) YES
Richards (Five) YES

Staff Present

Kris Kollgaard, Town Manager; Derek Schroth, Town Attorney; Thad Carroll, Growth Management Director; C.T. Eagle, Public Works Director; Wendy Then, Senior Planner; Pam Winegardner, Finance Director; and Nancy Slaton, Deputy Town Clerk

C. Public Comment

Kris Kollgaard, Town Manager; Derek Schroth, Town Attorney; Thad Carroll, Growth Management Director; C.T. Eagle, Public Works Director; Wendy Then, Senior Planner; Pam Winegardner, Finance Director; and Nancy Slaton, Deputy Town Clerk

D. New Business

1. Conceptual Presentation for the Bailey Property — Proposal to Develop a 50.4-Acre PUD Zoned Parcel into a Multi-Phase Project to Include Seven Condominium Buildings Totaling 483 Units with Community Pool and Recreation Center Amenities, 38,400 Square Feet of Commercial/Professional Offices, a Five-Story 200-Room Hotel Site, and 12,000 Square Feet of Restaurant Floor Area under Parcel #1, and a 9.90-Acre Area to be Rezoned into Multifamily Apartments (MF-18) under Parcel #2; Located North of Lake Ella Road and West of Highway 27/441 (Alternate Keys 1282594, 1282608, & 3374916) (Thad Carroll)

Growth Management Director Thad Carroll presented the background summary for this agenda item (on file in the Clerk’s Office). He turned the presentation over to the development team which included David Springstead with Springstead Engineering of Leesburg, Florida.

Mr. Springstead noted that the Memorandum of Agreement was modified in 2015 for permitted uses. He stated he is currently working with Gary Merritt to develop this property. He reviewed the uses that are proposed for this property. Mr. Springstead noted that the design of the buildings is incorporating some of the slope of the property rather than using a lot of retaining walls.

Mr. Merritt passed out renderings of some of his other developments to demonstrate the style of his proposed development, and further explained the concept of his proposal.

Mayor Richards asked if there were any questions or comments from the Commissioners.

Commissioner Kussard questioned if the buildings would be three stories, and whether there would be commercial endeavors in the first floor of all the buildings.

Mr. Merritt replied that all the buildings will be five stories with parking underneath the buildings. He stated there will be commercial uses in only one of the buildings on the first floor. He noted there will be solar on the rooftops and will be 80% self-sufficient.

Commissioner Holden stated he likes the look of this development. He asked if the apartment residents will have a driveway exit onto Lake Ella Road, and Mr. Merritt replied affirmatively.

Commissioner Vincent asked about the condos for sale.

Mr. Merritt stated that the condos will range in price from $155,000 to $275,000, and will range in size from 900 square feet to approximately 1,400 square feet, and are targeted for people who are selling their homes and downsizing.

Commissioner Kussard asked if all of the condos will be for ages 55 and over. She also asked how many multi-family apartments will be planned for Phase Two.

Mr. Merritt replied that the condos will be for ages 55 and over. He stated they are not sure how many apartments they will include in Phase Two at this time.

Mayor Richards asked Mr. Springstead if he anticipates whether any waivers or variances will be required, and if so, he advised him to get those requests in early during the design phase.

Mr. Springstead replied that there may be some down the road, although they are trying to adhere to as many of the Town’s design standards as possible.

It was the consensus of the Commissioners present that they were in favor of this project as proposed.

E. Adjourn

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

s/ Kristen Kollgaard, Town Clerk

s/ Jim Richards, Mayor

Minutes transcribed by Nancy Slaton, Deputy Town Clerk