On Monday afternoon, the Osceola County Board of Commissioners narrowly turned away a controversial residential development along Alligator Lake. The early 10AM hearing drew a full room of residents voicing concerns to Commissioners.
The Hanover Lake Development consisted of a 543 lot development, which drew concerns from residents over increased traffic to Alligator Lake through a boat lift, and the possible effect dredging attached to the project would have on water quality in the area, in addition to possible run-off concerns from the added housing.
Public comment lasted over 90 minutes with residents and developers dueling for the votes of the Commission. Residents argued that development would cause irreparable damage to the lake, while developers went over the steps they were taking to ensure the project was environmentally sensitive.
In the end, Commissioners were also divided.
District 1 Commissioner Peggy Choudhry supported the development under the conditions that the developer would invest $100,000 in funds to preserve the lake and make a written pledge that the developers would oversee the area after the project was completed saying.
District 2 Commissioner Viviana Janer opposed the development including a previous commission pledge to oppose dredging saying “Our job as Commissioners in our community to ensure planned and positive growth in our community while at the same time protecting our natural resources. Our lakes being are one of our most precious resources. This board made it clear we were against lake dredging.”
The final vote was 3-2 with Janer and Commissioners Brandon Arrington and Fred Hawkins opposing the development and Choudhry and Cheryl Grieb voting “yes”.