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SaveLakeCountyFL.org is opposed to growth that threatens our rural lifestyle and the character of the Wolf Branch road residential corridor. We resist the construction of high density housing and unnecessary roads.
In particular we oppose the Round Lake Road Extension.
Public Hearing Scheduled for May 7, 2019
Lake County will host the Public Hearing regarding transportation improvements to Round Lake Road on May 7, 2019. The Public Hearing will be held at the Lake County Administration Building in the Board Chambers (2nd floor), located at 315 W. Main Street, Tavares, Florida 32778. The County Commission meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the public hearing held after that time as determined by the meeting agenda. The Round Lake Road PD&E Study recommendations will be the focus of the public hearing.
Beautiful Lake County is home to several vibrant small cities, surrounded by lakes and verdant pastures/farms. Between the cities and open space, diverse, thriving neighborhoods run the gamut from higher density, gated communities, to semi-rural/rural neighborhoods with fewer properties on 1-5 acre lots. Lake County residents currently have a variety of aesthetic/lifestyle choices when choosing a neighborhood.
Along Wolf Branch Road, particularly the northeast corridor beyond Britt Road, the existing communities (4) are without question rural/semi-rural neighborhoods. Indeed, the scenic nature of this particular area is what inspired the City of Mount Dora and Lake County to note, in their Joint Planning Agreement, that “the City and County recognize the scenic nature of Wolf Branch Road and the character of established neighborhoods appurtenant to this roadway corridor.” Furthermore, the JPA insists, “It is the intent of the City and County to create a local scenic roadway designation for Wolf Branch Road and to develop Comprehensive Plan policies that protect the aesthetic characteristics of this residential corridor. Such policies shall include lighting, signage, buffers, protection of canopy trees, and restrictions on incompatible development.”
The proposed Round Lake Road Extension violates both the spirit and the letter of the JPA. This planned 4-lane road will intersect and divide the north side of the Wolfe Branch Road corridor. It is designed for commercial traffic, is projected to carry 22,000 vehicles per day, and is estimated to cost close to $80,000,000 to complete. The quiet and scenic nature of Wolf Branch Road, along with its rural semi/rural neighborhoods, will be forever unfavorably altered.
We are opposed to this proposed road and its negative impacts on our communities, including (but not limited to):
Increased noise, light, and air pollution
Loss of safe means of exit and egress into Hills of Mount Dora community
Loss of privacy
Loss of wildlife habitat, including protected species
Loss of green space and canopy trees
Potential for contamination of the aquifer and our wells
Decreased property values due to all of the above factors
Loss of rural/semirural lifestyle for current residents
Lake County is growing. We are neither against growth, nor planned development. However, we believe that controlled growth must include protecting the existing environment of current residents. What happens in this small corner of Lake County can happen anywhere in Lake County unless all Lake County residents speak up! We need your help! Tell our Lake County Commissioners “NO Round Lake Road Extension!
Our neighborhood is filled with natural wonders, including the spring phlox (photo, right). Beautiful live oaks are plentiful. Wildlife inlcludes gopher tortoises, sand skinks and other reptile species, small mammals, sandhill cranes, ibis, wild turkeys, hawks, owls, and a list of songbirds that seems endless. We enjoy breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. At night, our dark skies make the stars and moon shine brighter! It is blissfully quiet. We embrace and cherish our semi-rural lifestyle.
Our beautiful, quiet backyards are vital to our lifestyle and provide extended space for living. The video was taken from a neighborhood lanai one morning. It is representative of the quiet we enjoy. Do you hear traffic?