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Oakland’s Hull Island property is under significant development. Land that once resembled an island in West Oakland was filled in for better access long ago. Now, steps are being made to make way for a new 118-home community. Re-zoning for 73 acres along Hull Island Drive is currently 50% complete. The current zoning provided for agricultural, county agricultural and single-family residential.

Under the new proposal, zoning would be for a planned-unit development. The town commission already approved the first ordinance reading on July 12th. They will soon have a meeting to make a final vote. As part of any re-zoning, certain pockets of wetland areas will be preserved.

Much of the natural beauty of the area is going to be kept intact. In addition to 30 acres of wetland being protected, the developer will make a $5,000 donation to the Oakland Nature Preserve. That sum of money will go towards a trail head feature. There will also be a community dock/pier built on Lake Apopka and a sidewalk that connects the homes to the West Orange Trail. The houses built will add some prime real estate to the area. They are expected to range in price from the high $300,000s to the $800,000s.

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