ABOVE: A portion of the Amco Development's revised plan as presented to Mount Dora City Council on February 5, 2024. Due to the site's topography, some of the actual building heights could have been approximately 40 feet taller or more than indicated on the rendering.
Tonight Mount Dora City Council voted to reject a mediation agreement with AMCO Development pertaining to its proposed development on S.R. 46. The vote was 4-3 with Council members Bryant, Cataldo, Walker and Dawson prevailing in their vote against the agreement. Mayor Stile and council members Rolfson and Crail voted in favor of the revised plans above.
AMCO filed legal action last March utilizing Florida Statute 70.51 which allows any property owner to apply for relief if they believe that a development order is unreasonable or unfairly burdens the use of their property. A magistrate, selected by both the City and AMCO, mediated the agreement which was negotiated by representatives of the developer and three representatives for the City, including Mayor Crissy Stile, City Planning Director Vince Sandersfeld and the city attorney.
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The developer's rendering above represents a portion of what the revised development would have looked like from S.R. 46. The maximum building height allowable in that area is 100 feet measured from grade (the ground), not SR 46. Due to the topography of the site, measuring from SR 46 means some of the buildings could have actually been approximately 40 feet taller than the developer’s measurements provided in the rendering.
Last night's City Council vote isn't the end of the legal proceedings. A "Hearing on the Merits" has been tentatively scheduled for March 11 and will be conducted by the same magistrate that facilitated the failed mediation agreement. For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, visit the area's websiteand download the area's free mobile app. Be sure to followMount Dora Buzz's Instagram and Facebook page for more local info.