Development Target Areas
US HWY 441
This corridor is a regional transportation corridor that divides the east and west side of the City. US 441 serves as the primary highway gateway into the City that will change with the improvements to SR 46, but will continue to serve as the prime north/south highway artery through the City. There is significant development land in the 500 acre corridor (3.5 miles in length) approx. 250 acres is vacant. Current development consists of highway commercial and community uses, with residential behind the highway frontage uses. New commercial development is likely in the short term (< 5 years) to occur east of Donnelly Street. In the long term (10+ years), the area between Donnelly Street and SR 46 may transition in both density and intensity with mixed land use nodes near these two major intersections with connectivity of transitional uses. Project development sizes can range from 1-2 acres to over 100 acres based on current ownership patterns.
The corridor will also intersect the extension of the regional bike trail to connect to historic downtown Mount Dora. The trail crossing could be from the current railroad overpass just south of SR 46 up to Pine Avenue or Lincoln Avenue. The final trail crossing location will affect adjacent land use patterns to provide multi-modal access to surrounding properties.
Proposed target industries include:
- Medical laboratories
- Diagnostic Imaging Centers
- Optical Instrument & Lens Manufacturing
- Professional ,Scientific and technical services
- Financial Investment companies
- Management consulting firms
- Property Management and Real estate businesses
- Retail (grocers, pharmacies, optical goods, small shops retail)
The US 441 corridor will attract a combination of corporate chain stores and businesses not currently located in the City. Professional office and business services will be at the appropriate size and scale that will not compete with uses in the WBID area. The City will require a mixture of uses that will be master planned on larger parcels in excess of 10-15 acres. The type of development pattern will be urban in nature to maximize buildings at the street edge that will enhance the street appeal of the use(s).
The City has recently upgraded utility service in the corridor and will extend the fiber ring along the entire 3.5 mile corridor. The City will work with developers to ensure that the timing of development will allow for the fiber service to be provided as part of the project infrastructure.
Wolf Branch Innovation District
The City of Mount Dora and Lake County adopted a joint Implementation Plan of the Wolf Branch Innovation District. Levey Consulting Group was authorized to prepare the study materials and recommendations. The consultant worked with elected officials, City and County staff, property owners, stakeholders and the public in the study area. The study started in January 2018 and was adopted by City Council on November 5, 2019. A community stakeholders meeting was held on February 28, 2019 to preview the conceptual land use plan and highlight other study graphics and information within the study area and adjacent areas. Quarterly updates have been provided to both the Mount Dora City Council and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners.
The Wolf Branch Implementation Plan updates and revises the prior planning documents from 2013-14 prepared by the City of Mount Dora and also makes recommendations that will require modifications to both the City and County Comprehensive Plans and Land Development Codes and other codes to support the implementation plan recommendations.
Wolf Branch Innovation District Implementation Plan (PDF)