A new residential and commercial development, Vista Hills, was approved by Mount Dora City Council on December 20. The project sits on 33.38 acres located north of State Road 46 and on the west side of Norton Lane. The owner of the property is Route 46 Properties, LLC.
The Planned Unit Development (PUD), which required a zoning change, will be mixed use with 442 apartments and up to 55,000 square feet of commercial space for retail and office uses. Construction will occur in three phases: Phase one includes 256 apartments and roadway, Phase Two will build 186 apartments and 27,500 square-feet commercial, and Phase Three completes the project with up to 27,500 square-feet of commercial space.
The apartment complex will consist of 15 buildings with plans for a fitness center, pool, playground, tennis, trails, basketball court, and dog park for its residents. Vista Hills will also provide trails to the City’s overall planned trail network, as well as provide land for a planned east-west connector roadway.
The commercial portions of the development will be along the southern portion of the property adjacent to SR 46 with the apartments being on the northern section of the project. Directly west of the project is the planned Wekiva Ridge development.
There are .80 acres of wetlands on the property which will remain undeveloped. The development plans include a 50-foot upland buffer adjacent to those wetlands.
Mount Dora Planning and Zoning Commission previously approved the project with a 6-0 vote. City staff recommended approving the PUD, stating the project is consistent with the land use pattern in the emerging Wolf Branch Innovation District (WBID). The City Council approval came after two public hearings on the development. Find more upcoming local development projects here.