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The School Impact Fees Waiver program allows a full waiver of educational impact fees when construction takes place in areas with available school capacity as defined in the ordinance. To view properties that qualify for the waiver, visit the Lake County School District’s Educational Impact Fees Assessment map.

The funding for the program is limited, and contingent upon the Lake County School Board setting aside sufficient funding to cover the waived amounts. A property must also meet one of the two location criteria listed below:

  1. A lot meeting one or more of the following criteria may be eligible for an educational impact fee waiver under this section:
    1. Within a plat recorded on or before June 30, 1991; and
      1. Within a three (3) mile radius of a municipal city hall; or
      2. Within a two (2) mile walking distance of a public school as that distance is determined by the School Board; or
      3. Within a historic preservation district as officially designated through a federal, state, or local designation program.
    2. Within a platted subdivision that has a dwelling unit on eighty (80) percent or more of the platted residential lots if the plat was recorded on or before June 30, 2001; and
      1. Within a three (3) mile radius of a municipal city hall; or
      2. Within a two (2) mile walking distance of a public school as that distance is determined by the School Board; or
      3. Within a historic preservation district as officially designated through a federal, state, or local designation program.
    3. Within a blighted area as defined in Section 163.340(8), Florida Statutes.
    4. Lots located within gated subdivisions shall not be eligible for the waivers established under this Section.

Application Process:

  1. Ensure that the property you will be building on is within the educational impact fee waiver zone area (Educational Impact Fees Waiver Map).
  2. Provide a copy of the following documents to Lake County’s Office of Planning & Zoning:

Architectural Requirements:

In order to receive the waiver, one of the following minimum architectural requirements must be met:

  1. Select an Architectural Style from the Architectural Style choices below, and incorporate a minimum of four (4) Architectural Features for that style (as certified by a licensed Architect); or
  2. Utilize a custom design or contemporary design that includes a minimum of four upgrades from the Upgrade List below; or
  3. Utilize a custom design that includes a minimum of four features from a particular Architectural Style described below.

Architectural Styles:

  • CRAFSTMAN (Bungalow, Arts & Crafts, Prairie):

    • Main body massing is typically a simple rectangle. Smaller add0on gable roof forms can be appended to the main body.
    • Gable roofs are very typical and are low to moderately pitched.
    • Eaves have broad overhangs with exposed rafters which can have either a vertical cut or decorative cut on the exposed ends. Knee brackets or stepped beams are used on the gable ends.
    • Wide and deep porches with a low beam line help to define horizontal proportions of the craftsman style. Square columns are thick, usually tapered, and are supported by a massive column base. Railings or solid knee walls infill between the column bases. Lattice or louvered panels cover the porch crawl, space.
    • Gable roof or shed roof dormers occur on 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 story homes.
    • Windows are wide-proportioned, single, or double hung, with munitions on the upper sash only. Windows are placed symmetrically on the main body or symmetrically on the porch.
  • FLORIDA VERNACULAR (Folk Victorian, Key West Victorian, Southern National):

    • Southern National and Folk Victorian styles are nearly identifying in their forms and steeply pitched roof massing. The most distinguishable difference is in the level of detail used, with Southern National homes using basic detailing and Folk Victorian using more elaborate elements such as turned column, spindles and brackets.
    • The simpler Southern National style may have added ornamental elements such as column capital or boxed bays.
    • Key West Victorian have similar detailing to Folk Victorian, but differ with their moderately pitched rectangular roofs and front porches.
    • Florida Vernacular homes are vertically portioned following a 3-bay or 5-bay pattern on the front elevation.
    • Main body roofs are steeply pitched. Porch roofs have a shallow pitch.
    • Eaves have broad overhand with exposed rafters.
    • Porches are vertically proportioned replicating the main body bay spacing.
    • Dormers are in line with the outside wall providing an interruption of the main roofline.
    • Double hung windows are tax and narrow.
  • COASTAL (Low Country, Acadian):

    • The main body has equally spaced three bay or five bay arrangement. The house and porch are elevated well above grade.
    • Main body roofs are steeply pitched and often include a 1/2 story. Porch roofs have a shallower pitch.
    • Eaves have moderate overhangs with boxed return detailing on Low County homes and exposed rafters on Acadian style homes.
    • Front porches are the full width of the main body and columns follow the main body bay spacing. Front porches can also wrap one or both sides of the main body.
    • Entry doors are usually centered on the main body. Pairs of narrow doors can be used in place of windows when opening on to the front porch.
    • Windows are centered on the bays. Dormer windows can be center don bays or centered between bays.
  • MEDITERRANEAN (Spanish Eclectic, Italian Renaissance, Monterey)

    • These styles can be represented in varied massing arrangement. Symmetrical rectangular volume and asymmetrical vertical volumes are both typical.
    • Roof are generally low pitch (4/12 to 5:12), clay barrel tile in natural tones of red, orange, and brown, Gables, when used, do not span more than 16-foot in width. Wider volumes utilize hip roofs.
    • Very little or no eaves are utilized and the gable end consists only of one-barrel tile on edge. Exceptions are open rafter tails with 1’4” or 2’ overhand and Italian Renaissance with 2’4” or greater overhangs supported by brackets.
    • Porches or Loggias can be incorporated with an entry or almost anywhere a view may be taken of an outside place of interest.
    • Entries typically are built of stone or flow the pattern of an arch whether or not they are a part of a loggia. As a stand-alone element the entry is sometimes recessed a minimum of 2’ from the exterior facade.
    • Windows are a critical element in these homes. A minimum 3” recess from the face of stucco to window frame is required to show the mass of this minimally detailed facade. Casement windows should be used for Spanish Eclectic and Italian Renaissance, single or double hung for Monterey.
  • CLASSICAL (Georgian, Greek Revival):

    • Simple rectangular volumes are combined creating a main body and side wings.
    • Roof are simple forms with pitches ranging from 6:12 (Greek Rival) to 7:12 through 10:12 (Georgian). Gable and hip roofs are appropriate.
    • Eaves are crucial elements of these styles and must be represented carefully. Proportions of eaves are similar to the porch entablature, in that the eave size relates directly to the scale of the mass below it.
    • Porches are either added elements or integral with the main body roof. Appropriate orders for these styles are Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.
    • Entries are typically centered on the front facade, or off centered with the three bay Greek Revival. Doors are solid four-panel or six-panel, with transom light above and side lights on both sides.
    • Windows to be single or double hung, have vertical proportions and munition patterns of 9 over 9, 6 over 9, or 6 over 6. Georgian homes often have 12 over 12 munition patterns. All windows on each floor shall have the same head height and similar proportion. Windows on first floor are taller than windows on second floor.
  • REVIVAL (Colonial, Dutch Colonial):

    • Simple rectangle volumes are combined creating a main body and side wings.
    • Roof are simple forms with pitches from 7:12 to 10:12. Gable, hip (Colonial Revival) and Gambrel (Dutch Colonial) are appropriate.
    • Eaves are less embellished than Classical eaves, but elements such as the architrave and crown are options often taken. Overhangs in central Florida have been broadened to accommodate the climate.
    • Porches are most common as side wing elements and may be enclosed if porch detailing (column, balustrade element, entablature) remains.
    • Entries are the most dramatic part of the facade. Single 6 panel doors with side lights and/or fanlight above are most common. This is contained by a pediment supported by pilasters or protruding out supported by columns.
    • Windows are double hung, vertical in proportion and have many variations. Typical windows have multiple panes with a 6 over 1 munition pattern. Variants include 3 over 1 and 6 over 6 patterns. Windows are sometimes brought together separate only by a mullion.

Upgrade list for Custom or Contemporary Designs:

  • Roof:

    • Metal Standing Seam, Tile or Slate Roof (credit for two upgrades)
    • Dimensional (architectural) shingles
  • Exterior Finish:

    • Cultured or natural stone facade or facade accents
    • Clapboard (vertical with battens), horizontal siding, wood shake or faux shake shingles
    • Brick facade or facade accents
  • Doors:

    • Custom Front Door (e.g. wood, glass, sidelights, glass windows)
    • Garage Door with Architectural Accents (e.g. windows, faux handles, faux hinges)
  • Windows:

    • Customized windows (single/double hung with casement; multiple panes)
    • Transom windows
  • Accents or Special Features:

    • Dormer windows
    • Columns (e.g. tapered, Tuscan, Doric, ionic, square, fluted, Corinthian, flared)
    • Elevated Foundation (stem wall or crawl space with brick, stone, lattice, or stucco)
    • Front Porch with columns; railing
    • Chimney (brick or stone)
    • Shutters
    • Decorative fencing or walls (e.g. wrought iron, wood pickets, brick, stucco, stone, tabby)
    • Customized casement around windows
    • Cast Stone embellishments or casings
  • Driveways:

    • Brick or concrete pavers (credit for two upgrades)
    • Concrete with paver accents


Impact Fee Waiver Architectural Photos

For more information about the Educational impact Fees Waiver program, contact Lake County’s Office of Planning & Zoning at 352-343-9855, or email mharris@lakecountyfl.gov.

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