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Still farmland, as protest prevails

Spring Hill residents object to a proposed subdivision of 99 homes on quarter-acre lots.

By SAUNDRA AMRHEIN

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001


BROOKSVILLE -- Plans to build a new subdivision in Spring Hill had trouble at the first hurdle Monday when the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend against it.

A request by Dr. Tony Massie to develop 99 homes on 41.2 acres west of Linden Drive and south of Sleepy Willow Court, between Oakridge Estates and Orchard Park subdivision, must now go to the County Commission for approval.

Neighbors turned out to complain about the proposed subdivision, Cul-de-Sacs of Spring Hill, because it calls for homes on quarter-acre lots, more crowded than the half-acre lots in nearby subdivisions to the north and south.

However, the residential units on property to the east are on quarter-acre lots.

"This is not compatible with the surrounding area," said John Murphy, representing the Orchard Park Homeowners Association. He complained about possible traffic problems and a drain on water services.

"I think the whole thing is wrong."

Planning commissioners agreed and voted unanimously to deny the petition to rezone 41 acres from agriculture to residential.

Later for Rivard: Flood plain may sink golf plan

In other business, the planning commission agreed to postpone a request by Rivard to change its master plan, a revision that would add 196 units on 191 acres, bringing the total of residential units to 784. The new units will be a combination of villas, singe-family homes, neighborhood commercial, resort residential and a golf course.

The revision calls for expanding the golf course and using current golf holes west of the railroad for an executive course.

However, the plan shows that the golf course sits in a flood plain. The planning staff recommended in its report that the item be postponed so Rivard could submit more information about how it will address the flood plain concerns.

The planning commission agreed and put off the item for another month.

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