ORANGE CO., Fla.
The controversial Lake Pickett development in Orange County is moving forward. Commissioners reached that decision early Wednesday morning during a 7 and half hour Tuesday night meeting. More than a hundred of people packed the meeting protesting the idea.
In a 4-to-3 vote the county agreed the project should move forward with Lake Picket South and agreed to send the plans for Lake Picket North for the state to review.
The 2,800 acre development is split into 2 projects: Sustany and The Grow. Together, they would bring more than 4,000 homes to the area. The board found both Lake Pickett South and North consistent with the comprehensive plan. People against the development said this would cause traffic nightmares as traffic is already bad in that area. In addition, opponents say the new development will destroy their rural lifestyle.
But people for it say we need the houses, to meet the demand of the growing population. The developers would be required to contribute millions of dollars for road improvements. More than 90 people spoke out about it on both sides Tuesday night.
The county still has to adopt the final plans. If approved, the projects would combine to be larger than existing subdivisions east of Orlando, Waterford Lakes and Avalon Park. The next meeting is scheduled for September.