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New 24,000-Acre development announced for mormon lands in Orange, Osceola counties

A nearly 24,000-acre mixed-use development plan was announced Monday for two areas of Orange and Osceola counties that are rural holdings for the Mormon Church.

Tavistock Development Co., which developed the nearby Lake Nona and Lake Nona Medical City projects in Orlando, submitted plans to Orange County on Monday to develop 4,787 acres off State Road 528 in eastern Orange County. In doing so, the company also announced the Orange County development would be part of a larger development known as Sunbridge that also will include 19,111 acres in Osceola County.

All of the land is part of the massive Central Florida holdings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

However, the Orange County land Tavistock intends to develop is not officially part of the church’s Deseret Ranches empire in Central Florida, made up of more than 200,000 acres covering most of southeast Orange, northwest Osceola and west-central Brevard counties. The church has held most of the land as working cattle ranches for generations but has, in recent years, disclosed its long-term intentions to develop parts of it, over generations.

The Tavistock proposal releases details only for the Orange County portion, which would be built on Mormon holdings known as the Suburban Land Reserve. Tavistock proposes 5,720 single-family homes and 1,650 multifamily units; 9 million square feet of commercial space, most of it office space; and 490 hotel rooms.