OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Osceola County is ready for a housing market explosion in their county. The county already has 1,477 homes already under construction, plus 416 town homes, and 222 multifamily units. Osceola County Community Development Administrator Dave Tomek says as Central Florida continues to expand, more builders are looking to Osceola.
"A lot of it is because of the vacant land that's available in the county. You've got a lot of land that's been developed in Orange and Seminole counties over the years, but they're actually running out of land."
The county expects the population to double to almost 600,000 by 2040, and Tomek says they have to be ready for the challenges that come with all of that growth.
"We're going to try and balance some of the land uses so that we have services and employment opportunities closer to some of these neighborhoods."
Tomek believes the first wave of growth will continue to happen south of the city of Orlando, in and around Lake Nona and the Medical City.
"Long term, we will expect some employment type business in that same corridor, some spin offs from medical city as well as the city of St. Cloud as it starts expanding from its center into that Narcoossee corridor."
The county plans to leave 70 percent of its total land for ranching and agriculture.