Commission Meeting Draft Minutes

Draft Minutes of the December 17, 2018 5:30 p.m.
Commission 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.

Call to Order

Mayor Pro-Tem Ruth Kussard

Roll Call

Commissioner (Ward) Present
Hannan (Four) YES
Kussard (One) YES
Holden (Two) YES
Vincent (Three) YES
Richards (Five) YES (arrived late)

Staff Present

Kris Kollgaard, Town Manager; Thad Carroll, Growth Management Director; Wendy Then, Senior Planner; C.T. Eagle, Public Works Director; John Pearl, I.T. Director; and Nancy Slaton, Deputy Town Clerk

Public Comment

Mayor Pro-Tem Kussard asked if there were any comments from the audience. There were no comments at this time.

New Business

1. Conceptual Presentation by Sawmill Holdings, LLC — Discussion for the Submittal of Large Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment and Rezoning Applications for a Proposed Project Consisting of 128 Age-Restricted Single Family Residence Lots with Clubhouse and Recreation Amenities on a 53.15 Acre Parcel at 3105 Hartsock Sawmill Road, Approximately 1,500 Feet East of Highway 27/441, in Lady Lake, Florida (Alternate Key 1771358) (Thad Carroll)

Growth Management Director Thad Carroll presented the background summary for this agenda item (on file in the Clerk’s Office).

Mr. Greg Beliveau of LPG Urban and Regional Planners, Inc. gave a presentation on the proposed development. He stated that Larry Kohler, property owner, is also present.

Mayor Pro-Tem Kussard asked if anyone had any questions or comments.

Commissioner Hannan stated he has concerns regarding HOAs. He asked when the HOA turnover from the developer to the residents would occur.

Mr. Larry Kohler replied the turnover will occur at 60 to 70 percent, or after approximately 65 homes are sold.

Commissioner Hannan asked if the deed restrictions will mirror the Town’s Land Development Regulations, and if all home sites will have the same deed restrictions.

Mr. Beliveau replied that the deed restrictions may be more stringent than the Town’s Land Development Regulations.

Mr. Kohler stated the home sites on the water will have different setbacks than the other homes.

Mr. Beliveau stated the homes near the water will also have protections on what they can and cannot do because of the wetlands.

Commissioner Hannan stated the home prices seem high for the area.

Mr. Kohler stated he has done research and it honed in on the $200 to $220 a square foot total cost for 1,400 to 1,800 square foot homes with more amenities included in the pricing for this area.

Mayor Richards arrived at 5:44 p.m.

Commissioner Hannan stated he preferred this use to the previously proposed RV park development.

Commissioner Kussard asked if a manager would be on-site when the residents take over the HOA.

Mr. Kohler replied that they establish a budget to include managerial compensation prior to the turnover and they would encourage the residents to have a manager on-site.

Commissioner Kussard stated this development seems similar to Green Key Village, and she feels this will be popular.

Commissioner Holder asked the size of the lots.

Mr. Beliveau replied that the lots are 50 feet by 100 feet, or 5,000 square feet.

Mr. Carroll confirmed that this is allowed in the MX-8 zoning designation, although the typical lots in The Villages are 60 feet by 90 feet.

Commissioner Holden confirmed that the HOA will take care of all the grass. He asked if the residents could change that and take care of their own grass once they take over the HOA.

Mr. Beliveau stated that the HOA will maintain all the common areas, and they would most likely get a better rate if they included all of the green spaces, including the lawns.

Commissioner Hannan commented that a manager-run HOA has been known to work well.

It was the consensus of the Commissioners that they were in favor of the Sawmill Holdings, LLC project as presented.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:49 p.m.

Kristen Kollgaard, Town Clerk

Jim Richards, Mayor

Minutes transcribed by Nancy Slaton, Deputy Town Clerk