Overview

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Satellite Image of the Harmony area - Buck Lake, Cat Lake, and Route 192 east to Holopaw; with an overlay of the DRI Boundary.Located along U.S. 192 in eastern Osceola County approximately 10 miles east of St. Cloud, the Harmony DRI (Development of Regional Impact) was originally an 11,030-acre master planned project, designed from the outset as a mixed-use community.

The Harmony CDD, established pursuant to Ordinance #00-05, as originally adopted by the Osceola County Board of Commissioners, made effective a/o March 6, 2000, and supplemented & amended by Ordinances #00-16, #01-35, & #05-02, consists of 1,020.2 acres of land near the center of the greater DRI project area.  Due to this placement, the District is sometimes incorrectly cited as being “Harmony Central”.

View Establishment Ordinances: #00-05, #00-16, #01-35, & #05-02.

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Aerial View of Harmony Town Square area, including the Swim Club and the Golf Course Club House.Being a Traditional Neighborhood Development, the Community of Harmony features 70% open spaces, with nearly 1,000 acres of natural lakes known as Cat Lake and Buck Lake.  The overall development was configured to have 7,200 residential units, 350,000 sq-ft of commercial space, 500,000 sq-ft of office space, & 1,000,000 sq-ft of light industrial space; all surrounding a professional 18-hole golf course.  The community also includes numerous play grounds and community parks; an interconnected bikeway and pedestrian path system; a Town Center providing a mix of uses for the entire community; onsite water and wastewater facilities; large wetland preserves; upland preservation areas for gopher tortoises, sand hill cranes, & rare plant species; plus both an interconnected water management system, and a wastewater reuse system to minimize consumption.

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District Boundary & Property Served

The District is surrounded by the balance of the Harmony DRI, including Harmony High School which is part of the Harmony DRI but is not included within the District boundary.  U.S. 192 runs along the southern boundary of the District.  Buck and Cat Lakes serve as the northern boundary of the District, and their contributory wetlands define the eastern and western boundaries of the District.    Click here to view the District Boundary Map.

District Infrastructure

Park Facilities Montage - sculpture, splash-pad, & playground.

Summary of Infrastructure Improvements

The infrastructure improvements of the District include the following:

  • Roadways
  • Alleys & Sidewalks
  • Water, Wastewater, & Electrical Facilities
  • Stormwater Management Facilities
  • Landscape & Hardscape
  • Recreation & Parks

Roadways

The roadways within the District consist of 4-lane divided, 2-lane divided, and 2-lane individual sections.  These roadways were designed as collector roadways serving the individual development tracts within the District.  The Developer constructed these roadways and conveyed the improvements to Osceola County from back of curb to back of curb.  The sidewalks and bikeways constructed adjacent to the roadways are conveyed to and owned by the District (see maintenance stipulations listed below).

Roadways consist of a sub-grade, lime-rock base, curbing, striping, and signage in conformance with the Land Development Regulations of Osceola County.  There were approximately 5 miles of collector roadways initially constructed in the District, with more added as other neighborhoods were developed.  Once conveyed, the County took ownership and is responsible for the perpetual care and maintenance of the roads.

Alleys & Sidewalks.

In those neighborhoods that have them, alleys are maintained by the District.

Sidewalk maintenance in all 1st & 2nd phase Harmony neighborhoods (i.e., Town Center [TC], Ashley Park [A1], Birchwood [B], Cypress 1&2 [C1 & C2], Drake 1&2 [D1 & D2], The Estates [E], Green [G], and Rosewood [H1]) is a shared responsibility between the homeowner and the District.

In 3rd & later phase neighborhoods (viz., Cherry Hill [F], Hawthorne [H2], The Lakes [I, J, K, & L {South, East, North, & West}], Waterside [O], & future neighborhoods), sidewalk maintenance is the responsibility of the Road & Bridge Office of the Osceola County Department of Public Works.

Appearance maintenance of sidewalks along the front and side of a property is the responsibility of the owner.  Appearance maintenance of the walkways not adjacent to a residence is the responsibility of the District.  Structural integrity maintenance of all sidewalks & walkways throughout the community is the responsibility of the District (except in F, H2, I, J, K, L, O, & future neighborhoods [as noted above]).

Appearance maintenance consists of sweeping and mold & mildew removal (via power washing &/or chemical application).  Structural maintenance consists of elevated edge grinding, cracked edge or corner repair, and defective slab replacement, as needed.

Water, Wastewater, & Electrical Facilities

Lakeside Picnic Table with sun gleaming off of the water.This infrastructure consists of potable water mains, wastewater gravity mains & force mains, lift stations, effluent reuse & irrigation mains, and underground electrical cables.  These facilities were constructed in accordance with the Land Development Regulations of Osceola County, the (FDEP) Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), & the Harmony DRI Development Orders in effect at time of construction.

The potable water system includes all the necessary valving, fire hydrants, and individual services to serve individual lots and development parcels.  The system design provides for both domestic demand and fire flow.  Approximately 5 miles of water mains were constructed initially, with more added as other neighborhood parcels were developed.

The wastewater infrastructure includes the gravity lines, forcemain, lift station, and individual lot services sufficient to serve all individual lots and development parcels in the District.  Approximately 3.7 miles of gravity lines, 3.2 miles of forcemain, & 3 lift stations were constructed initially.  More were then added as each parcel was developed.

An effluent reuse system was constructed to serve as the primary irrigation system for the project. Highly treated effluent is discharged from the wastewater plant into a hydro-pneumatic tank.  Over 5 miles of effluent reuse mains, including the valving and individual services to individual lots and development parcels, have been constructed.  Treated effluent is supplemented with Stormwater & groundwater to satisfy the irrigation demands throughout the District.

Once the construction for a parcel is completed, the water, wastewater, and effluent water systems are conveyed to the Toho Water Authority utility system for perpetual operation and maintenance.

Harmony Street Light with sky, trees, and park in background.Electrical cabling was constructed adjacent to all collector roadways sufficient for service to all individual lots and development parcels. Street lighting is also included along the collector roadways.  Areas north of U.S. 192 (encompassing entirety of the Harmony CDD) are located within Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) service region.  Areas south of U.S. 192 (which includes Harmony High School) are located within the service region of Duke Energy Florida (formerly known as Progress-Energy/Florida-Power Corporation).

Stormwater Management Facilities

A master stormwater system was constructed in accordance with the requirements of the SFWMD, Osceola County, and applicable DRI Development Orders.  This system consists of interconnected wetland retention/detention ponds, which were designed as unfenced project amenities.  Stormwater runoff from development parcels are routed via a secondary drainage system into the retention/detention ponds.  These ponds ultimately discharge into adjacent and nearby wetlands through the District.  Design criteria include meeting water quality and quantity criteria, as well as providing for compensating storage for any development within the 100-year floodplain areas.

The stormwater and drainage systems are overseen and maintained by the District.

Click here to view the Ponds Layout & Drainage System Map.

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Landscape & Hardscape

Landscape & hardscape are provided along the project collector roadways, the project entrance on U.S. 192, throughout the Town Center, and within the park & recreation areas. Xeriscape landscaping is emphasized throughout to minimize irrigation water demands and to maintain a natural look within the community.  Wherever possible, existing or other native vegetation is employed.

Recreation & Parks

Butterfly-shaped wrought-iron Bench.The District provides & maintains parks located throughout the various neighborhoods.  Notable among these are the Harmony Square (Town Center) Park, the Swim Club at Harmony Square, the Dog Park on Cat Brier Trail, Long Park along the edge of the front & back nine holes of the Harmony Golf Preserve, Lakeshore Park along the tree line of Buck Lake, & Linear Park along the north side of Butterfly Drive.  These parks provide picnic facilities, children’s playgrounds, and passive recreation.  The District also owns & operates boats that are available to Harmony residents at Lakeshore Park, and Harmony residents are able to enjoy Buck Lake and its lakeshore facilities pursuant to an agreement between the District and the lake owner.