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“East Rural Area” designation prompts land development code changes

The portion of Seminole County east of Sanford and Oviedo has been designated as the East Rural Area, where homes are relatively far apart and a "country" atmosphere has been preserved. Seminole County's Comprehensive Plan includes policies that call for protection of this rural character through development requirements for a variety of items including landscaping, fences, signs, and building design.

The Seminole County Planning & Development Division is currently undertaking an effort to rewrite portions of the Seminole County Land Development Code to better align with elements of the Comprehensive Plan. As part of this effort, we are gauging interest in design standards for commercial and other non-residential buildings to ensure that they are compatible with the rural character of the area.

Design elements may include but are not limited to:

  • Building materials and colors
  • Roof design and construction
  • Doors
  • Awnings

You are invited to participate in a Community meeting with County staff to share your thoughts in order to help us improve the Land Development Code. This meeting will be held on December 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the BCC Chambers at the County Services Building, 1101 East First Street in Sanford. You may also participate remotely through the following link:

You may reach out with questions by email to or by phone to (407) 665-7377.

Thank you for getting involved.