Special Commission Meeting Agenda Item

Agenda Item

Conceptual Presentation of the Architectural Elevations for the Portillo’s Restaurant – New Major Site Plan MJSP 05/23-001 – Proposing a 7,800-square-foot restaurant with drive-thru, 131 parking spaces and dumpster enclosure, on a 3.51-acre parcel zoned Heavy Commercial, located along Highway 27/441 and referenced by Alternate Key Number 1279445.


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Staff recommends advancing the proposal as recommended by the Town Commission.


Applicant, Jordan Draper of Kimley-Horn and Associates, submitted an application for a major site plan on April 27, 2023, for a Portillo’s Restaurant on a 3.51-acre parcel zoned Heavy Commercial, located along Highway 27/441 just south of the Tire Kingdom. Mr. Draper is proposing a 7,800-square-foot restaurant with a drive-thru, 131 parking spaces and a dumpster enclosure.  The restaurant has 212 total seats, 164 inside seats and 48 outdoor seats.


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.

Commercial Design Standard Waiver will be necessary since architectural style design is outside of the four preferred architectural styles. The proposed restaurant exhibits modern exterior walls featuring a combination of red brick, stone block, glass walls, sconces, and decorative mounted lights.


Landscaping waiver is needed for the planting at the base of the foundation of the building. The waiver from the four-foot minimum landscaping requirement around the foundation has been granted to many of the restaurants that have been constructed in the Town of Lady Lake.

In addition, landscape buffer waivers will be required for the south property boundary as well as the east property boundary.  The ten-foot width cannot be accommodated in these areas due to the location of the drive aisle.  Both sides of the drive aisle however are landscaped; essentially the landscape buffer will be divided by the roadway along these boundaries. There are also retention pond areas along a majority of the abutting parcels that will provide additional spacing from adjacent development.  The applicant will be providing a total of 592 caliper inches of tree plantings which exceeds the 523 inches of plantings as required by the Land Development Regulations based on the size of the property.


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