Developer Lake Pickett North will move forward with its plan to build a 1,999-home community in east Orlando by taking its proposal to the state level for review, reports Orlando Business Journal staffer Rachel Williams.

Orange County agreed to push the project forward to seek the state’s review. The state’s feedback will then be sent to Orange County's board of commissioners, who later this year are expected to hold a final vote on the project.

The community, Sustany, calls for 1,999 single-family homes on 1,435 acres behind the University of Central Florida.

Plans for Sustany, formerly known as Lake Pickett North, first were submitted in November 2014. The growth of UCF and Research Park are the factors that led to these plans. If approved, construction of the first roads could start a year later, and the first 250 homes could be built in 2018. A new fire station and public middle school also are slated for the community, if approved.

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