Wolf Branch Innovation District

The City of Mount Dora and Lake County adopted a joint Implementation Plan of the Wolf Branch Innovation District. Levey Consulting Group was authorized to prepare the study materials and recommendations. The consultant worked with elected officials, City and County staff, property owners, stakeholders and the public in the study area.  The study started in January 2018 and was adopted by City Council on November 5, 2019. A community stakeholders meeting was held on February 28, 2019 to preview the conceptual land use plan and highlight other study graphics and information within the study area and adjacent areas. Quarterly updates have been provided to both the Mount Dora City Council and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners.  

The Wolf Branch Implementation Plan updates and revises the prior planning documents from 2013-14 prepared by the City of Mount Dora and also makes recommendations that will require modifications to both the City and County Comprehensive Plans and Land Development Codes and other codes to support the implementation plan recommendations. 

Wolf Branch Innovation District Implementation Plan (PDF)

Wolf Branch Innovation District Implementation Plan

Implementation Plan Status

Design Standards & Guidelines

Placemaking is the process of designing places that people find desirous to live and work, resulting in a high-quality built environment.  Successful placemaking establishes locations that attract residents, businesses, and institutions that are all uniquely connected by a common identity.  The disciplines of architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture are used to create high quality places. 

These draft Design Guidelines are intended to implement the character of place that has been identified in the Wolf Branch Innovation District Strategy Report.  The approach taken in these guidelines will direct the form and character of development to achieve the overall objectives of the Master Plan, by using the most relevant principles of architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture.

The Master Plan envisions this area as a mixed use area with uses ranging from manufacturing to retail to multi-family housing to support the growth of Mount Dora.  Its urban form is intended to reflect a workplace environment with larger buildings that still honors the character of the community and its small town urbanism linked by pedestrian-oriented design.

Vista Ridge Drive

The success of the WBID is subject to a number of factors, including the ability of residents, employees, and visitors to have ease of movement to and through the study area.  As a result, overall mobility was a high priority during the planning process.  The Concept Plan contains a recommended secondary roadway network designed to provide a robust level of movement for vehicular traffic.

Innovation Trail

In addition to roadways, the Concept Plan includes an area-wide multi-use trail system to provide a unique amenity system and alternative means of moving people throughout the study area and to and from the WBID.