By LAURA KINSLER
JAN 20, 2021 AT 4:15 PM
Taylor Morrison is revising the master plan for the proposed 2,717-acre Solivita Grand Planned Development just west of the Poinciana Parkway toll road. (CBRE)
After laying dormant since it was approved 15 years ago, one of the last major components of the Poinciana Planned Development is moving closer to construction.
Taylor Morrison Homes is seeking to amend the PD master plan for Solivita Grand, the mixed-use community that stretches across 2,717 acres from Cypress Parkway north along the Poinciana Parkway.
The previous plan, originally approved in 2006, split the project down the middle into a two villages. Taylor Morrison will unite the project into a single master-planned community with entitlements for 4,448 single family homes (including townhomes) and 1,653 multifamily units, for a total of 6,101 dwelling units. It represents a decrease of 2,150 dwelling units from the vested rights of the Poinciana PD.
Taylor Morrison’s revised master plan for Solivta Grand entitles the property for 4,448 single family homes (yellow) and designates specific areas for multifamily development, schools, and commercial areas.
The revised PD also entitles the property for 210,000 square feet of commercial uses — a reduction of 812,751 square feet of the vested rights.
Officials with Taylor Morrison met Wednesday with Osceola County’s Development Review Committee, which approved the application to move forward to the county’s Planning Commission. The Arizona-based homebuilder engaged planning firm VHB and Waldrop Engineering.
It follows a similar request in Polk County earlier this month for a comprehensive plan amendment to change the future land use and zoning on 91 acres of Solivita Grand directly north of the Solivita retirement community in Polk. Taylor Morrison plans to build 632 townhomes and a gas station with convenience store there on what becomes Pod A.
The Osceola PD divides the community into four pods, B-E, with a 4-lane divided spine road running parallel to the Poinciana Parkway between Cypress Parkway and Marigold Avenue. Pod B starts at the county line and comprises 796 acres, including an east-west connection at Koa Street, where a community park and the bulk of the neighborhood commercial (185,000 square feet) would be built.
Pod B would be approved for two multifamily communities along the spine road totaling 669 units, a K-8 school and 1,357 single family homes. The submitted plans indicate that most of the single family homes would be in gated communities.
Taylor Morrison, through a spokeswoman, declined to speak with GrowthSpotter about the project. The builder noted in some documents that portions of Solivita Grand would be age-restricted, continuing the development pattern of Solivita, which is in its final development phase.
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Pod C is the largest section, covering 1,134 acres. It would be entitled for 470 apartment units and 2,039 single family homes and townhomes. Pod D is the only section of Solivita Grand east of the Poinciana Parkway. It comprises 133 acres and would be approved for 514 apartments, 246 single family homes or townhomes and 25,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial.
The northernmost Pod E, which covers 654 acres, is separated from the rest of the community by wetlands. It be approved for 806 single family homes and connected to the rest of the development by a local road.
Solivita Grand is one of several projects Taylor Morrison absorbed when it acquired AV Homes in 2018. A year later, the homebuilder listed the former AV Homes properties in Poinciana and Kissimmee for sale. At the time, Orlando Division President Brian Brunhofer told GrowthSpotter the company wasn’t looking to divest of the entire portfolio.
“We are not divesting our remaining positions in Solivita, or the various other active communities we have in the Poinciana area, but rather running a parallel track to develop and build both of these parcels should we not find buyers we feel are an appropriate fit for these sites,” he said.
The major PD amendment makes a number of technical changes to the development plan, such as reducing the minimum lot size for single family homes to 40 feet and increasing the permitted height for apartment buildings from three to four stories. It also doubles the side-yard and front-yard setbacks to 10 feet and 20 feet, respectively, and reduces minimum rear yard setback to 10 feet.
The text of the amendment states that Taylor Morrison will develop the project over multiple phases and subphases utilizing the county’s subdivision process, in compliance with the standards in the land development code. It is anticipated that the developer will sell various phases of the property to third party builders during the life of the project.
Taylor Morrison is also prepping for construction later this year for Phase 3 of Stepping Stone, one of the former AV Homes assets in the at Solivita Marketplace PD in Poinciana, after selling out of Phase 2 in 2020. The approved plans call for 252 lots, with 90 lots in Phase 3A.
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