Save Deer Run Citizen's Action Group filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Seminole County Government on September 8, 2020. We requested all files, schematics, graphics, photographs, and any items submitted by the applicant who had requested a zoning change for the Deer Run Planned Development to allow for him to build a housing development on the former Country Club at Deer Run. We received the following files as having been submitted by the applicant and share them with the public for their information.
Deer Run Application Files - PROJ #: 20-20500022
1. Application Cover Sheet (Adobe PDF File)
2. Deer Run PD Amendment Development Proposal (Adobe PDF File)
3. Deer Run Concept Plan -- Land Use, Density, and Flood Plain Data (Adobe PDF File)
4. Deer Run Open Space Area Calculations (Adobe PDF File)
5. Deer Run Application Concept Plan (Adobe PDF File)
6. Deer Run Plant & Wild Life Species Study (Adobe PDF File)
7. Deer Run Traffic Study -- Dated 2017 (Adobe PDF File)
8. FLUCFCS East Map (Adobe PDF File)
9. FLUCFCS West Map (Adobe PDF File)
10. Deer Run Planned Development Map (Adobe PDF File)
11. Applicant Seminole County Property Appraiser Parcel Information (Adobe PDF File)
12. Applicant Sunbiz Information (Adobe PDF File)
On Thursday, August 13, 2020, the Planning and Zoning Department of Seminole County received an official development application from the owner of the former Country Club at Deer Run Golf Course, Mr. Robert Dello Russo. Mr. Dello Russo, and his assigned representative, Dave Evans of Evan Engineering, have submitted a plan for 211 single-family homes.
As soon as the county received this application, the office of the home district county commissioner (District One), Bob Dallari’s office, reached out to Save Deer Run to inform us of the official submission by the owner of his proposed development plan.
While Save Deer Run has not received and/or reviewed the entire application, the following appears to be true:
1. The application appears to be the same exact plan that was submitted earlier this year in March 2020.
2. The plan still contains several inaccuracies and massive problems, as previously identified by county staff and communicated to the owner in March 2020.
3. Prior to August 14, 2020, county staff had no contact/interaction with the owner and/or his representatives for clarification or assistance on the substantial issues in the development preapplication proposal.
4. The development application continues to assume there is a Master Homeowner’s Association that has the right/ability to speak on behalf of all Deer Run residents (when, in fact, there are closer to 25 individual HOAs and no single master association).
5. The development application continues to assume legal right to lands owned by the Sterling Park Homeowner’s Association, the Village at Deer Run, and Deer Run Property’s Association #2. The owner’s plans include proposed demolition and/or development of these lands to which he has no legal right, despite having been informed of fact by legal notification provided by counsel retained by Sterling Park Housing Association.
Development Review Committee Meeting Held on 9/9/2020:
The owner of the former Country Club at Deer Run, Mr. Robert Dello Russo, has decided to proceed to meet with Seminole County's Development Review Committee. After Mr. Dello Russo's representative, David Evans of Evans Engineering, submitted the Development Application for 211-single family homes on the former golf course on August 13, 2020, the next step in the development process for county staff to review that application. They were allotted three weeks to complete their review. That three-week review process was completed on September 3, 2020. Staff forwarded comments to Dello Russo via Evans. They then requested that county staff place their application on the meeting calendar for the Development Review Committee. That meeting was held on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 9am via Zoom. This meeting wass open to the public. The public could witness the meeting. However, there was NO opportunity for public participation, public comment, or public input at this meeting. Participating in the Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting is the next step required in the development process before Dello Russo can request the application be sent to the Planning and Zoning Board.
The agenda for the Development Review Commission meeting on the 9th can be found at the URL below:
For everyone's review, you can view Dello Russo's original Application for Major Rezoning of the Planned Development by clicking here.
You can also view the comments made by Seminole County staff after reviewing his application by clicking here.
To listen to an audio recording of the DRC meeting, click here. (Youtube Recording)
On February 28, 2020, the Planning and Zoning Department of Seminole County received a pre application from Mr. Robert Dello Russo, owner of the land upon which the former Country Club at Deer Run Golf Course sits, asking for zoning changes in order to accommodate a new housing development.
Mr. Dello Russo has submitted his pre application for development to the county in his own personal name. Mr. Dello Russo’s plan calls for the following:
-Construction of a new neighborhood within the Deer Run Planned Development.
-The new neighborhood will contain 211 single-family homes.
-It will be an ungated community.
-Entrances to new homes will be located off the roads of Fairway Oaks Drive and Daneswood Way.
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