Site of the new Chick-Fil-A

Highlights of the City of Clermont Council Meeting on November 28

Chick-Fil-A is planning to build a 4,995-foot drive-thru restaurant on a vacant parcel located at the Southwest Corner of Highway 27 and Hammock Ridge Road. The City considered a request to allow a reduction of the required 30 feet special setback for accessory structure canopies and to allow the elimination of necessary wheel stops for vehicular interior landscape buffers. Council Voted 4-1 (Goodgame) to deny the reduced set back on the south portion of the layout. The applicant will do some redesign to conform to the city’s code.  Despite the negative vote, Chick-Fil-A is still coming to Clermont.

Greystone Healthcare received a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to construct and operate a skilled nursing facility at the southwest corner of Citrus Tower Blvd. and Hooks St.  The 73,000 sq. ft. building will be located next door to the Cranes View Lodge, an assisted living facility. Registered nurses and LPN’s will staff the facility, providing services and amenities such as specialized orthopedic, cardiac, and stroke programs.  A typical patient’s stay may last 20-to-30 days and would not be considered a permanent housing facility.

Quick Lane at Ford of Clermont was seeking to expand the Ford of Clermont automotive dealership to add a 12-bay quick service center. The existing service, located at 1101 East Highway 50, will be used for major service. The council did not like the expanded layout so the petitioners decided to go back to the drawing board and discuss how plans can be adjusted to suit the council’s suggestions and return to council on January 9th.

The Shops at Waterbrooke requested that the City rezone a 45-acre piece of property, located at the southwest corner of Emil Jahna and SR 50, to a Planned Unit Development. This will pave the way for up to 162,000 square feet of C-2 General Commercial Use and 85 townhomes.The proposal shows three buildings along Hwy 50, two retail and a central building for a restaurant. The easternmost part of the project will have a gas station. The property will back up to Hooks Street. Across Hooks Street will be nine buildings for townhomes. After lengthy discussion, the council unanimously approved the development with many conditions.

CTV1 Project – The city approved a variance to the sign code for property located at the northeast corner of Citrus Tower Blvd. and Johns Lake Rd. The 7-acre piece of commercial property will consist of multiple buildings, housing mainly medical offices.

 Imports Professional Auto – The City approved a parking variance for construction of a new 4,000 sq ft automotive center. The new building, located in the Clermont Commons Industrial Park, will house 5 automotive bays.

The Boat Ramp Relocation is scheduled to be voted on at the next regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm.