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By Meta Minton
Published March 12, 2018
A developer made a second pitch to the Lady Lake Commission on the idea of
smaller lot sizes for a family subdivision on Lake Ella Road.
It was strike two.
Bob Holston of Holston Properties and Development LLC presented on Monday night
his revised plan for Lake Ella Estates.
A representative for Holston made an
unsuccessful pitch for the subdivision in December.
Holston’s revised plan trims the subdivision down to 265
units from 279. It provides slightly larger lot sizes for
“For the last 50 years lots have gotten smaller. In the past
15 years, they have really gotten smaller,” Holston said.
“Seniors, millennials and professionals want smaller yards.
Smaller yards are easier to maintain. Larger yards take time
and money,” Holston said.
He added that smaller yards don’t require the amount of
pesticides that end up in lakes and streams.
the development would have 2.5 acres of open space in the front and a large
park in back.
“It’s a place for dogs to run and catch frisbees,” Holston said.
But his pitch didn’t capture the imaginations of some commissioners.
Commissioner Tony Holden said a homeowners association at the development
likely wouldn’t have any teeth.
He spoke of the HOA in the 53-unit development in which he lives, and serves
on the board.
“The only power you have is to put a lien on the property. They’ll be
parking everything they own on wheels in the front yard,” Holden said.
He added that in close quarters, barking dogs can fray neighbors’ nerves and
the HOA is powerless to effectively regulate anything.
Commissioner Dan Vincent, a resident of Water Oak, shared his own HOA woes.
He said that of the 1,100 occupied homes at Water Oak, “less than 300 pay
Mayor Jim Richards, a retired engineer, voiced concerns about drainage at
Commissioner Paul Hannan, absent Monday, sent word ahead of the meeting
indicating his concern about more cars on Lake Ella Road feeding into the
heavy traffic on Rolling Acres Road.
Commissioner Ruth Kussard offered the only support
Commissioner Ruth Kussard offered the only support for the project. She said
family housing is sorely needed in town.