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Sunnyside Lake development hearing expected to draw large crowd

The April 22 Leesburg Commission will be moved to the Venetian Center as the controversial Sunnyside Lake development public hearing is expected to attract a large audience.

The Sunnyside Lake development had been denied by the commissioners in 2022. The Sunnyside Lake Landholding LLC and Cenizo Ventures Florida filed a lawsuit against the city claiming that the development met all requirements and should be approved. The proposed development is located south of U.S. Hwy. 441 and west of Sunnyside Drive.

A special magistrate, Carlos Alvarez, was appointed to help resolve the dispute between the developer and Leesburg which arose in 2022 when the city denied the rezoning application to build a 159-residence subdivision. The magistrate found that the development met all legal requirements and that the city’s reliance on a the 2006 Sunnyside Task Force Study Report unfairly burdened the property owner. Leesburg’s commissioners agreed to accept the special magistrate’s recommendation and set the matter for a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. April 22.

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