Just as Horizon West was nothing but rural land filled with orange groves, the land sitting directly to the west of Horizon West remains largely rural and undeveloped. However, as Florida’s population continues to boom and people move to Orlando, expansion of our area will continue. Lake County has implemented a similar economic development plan for the South East portion of lake county, formerly known as the South Lake Sector Planning Area, but now referred to as Wellness Way.
What is Wellness Way?
Wellness Way encompasses 15,471 acres and is generally located east of US 27 and south of State Road 50. Similar to Horizon West, Wellness Way is divided into smaller portions, including a Town Center and 4 additional land use categories, each with different density requirements. It is anticipated Wellness Way will include 16,531 residential units, but that number will adjust as more development occurs.
What is Olympus?
So far not much development has happened that would impact Horizon West, but the biggest project in Wellness Way is called Olympus, and you may have heard about it before in the news. Olympus is a 15,000+ acre project that will provide state-of-the-art sports and medical facilities to the region. Olympus will combine multi-sport training, competition venues, leading-edge wellness, health and fitness facilities, and a town center featuring restaurants, shops, hotels, cultural and community events. Olympus has the support and has already been approved by both Lake County and Clermont governments. Olympus will be located along US 27, to the south and west of Schofield Road, directly across from Lake Louisa. More information can be found on our Olympus Clermont Site Map page.
Will Wellness Way Improve Roads?
Yes, Wellness Way includes a variety of new roads and road improvements throughout Lake County. This includes several new connector roads that will easily connect Horizon West to the neighboring communities. Most communities in Horizon West that are on the Lake County boarder typically include openings in the road design to connect in the future. Major road improvements include the extension of New Independence Parkway to US 27, connecting Sawgrass Bay Blvd to Flemmings Road (which will allow direct access from US 27 to Disney through Western Way), and extending Hartle Road to be a new north/south thoroughfare. Lake County has already completed the extension of Sawgrass Bay Blvd to Orange County from developers building the road, and the connections now is waiting on the expansion in Orange County, which will be completed by 2025 by housing developers. The map does not include the additional 429-US 27 toll road connector, which will give high-speed access between these communities.
Official details on Wellness Way can be found at LakeCountyFL.gov.
If you receive a public hearing notice or zoning change request in the mail, please share it in the Horizon West Development Discussion Group.