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Southern Hills expansion denied

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A hotly contested rezoning petition was denied at the February 1, 2021 Brooksville City Council meeting.  By a vote of 3-2, the council denied the petition to rezone approximately 413 acres in Southern Hills from RPDP (Residential Planned Development Project) to PDP-MU (Planned Development Project-Mixed Use) to allow for originally planned 925 single-family homes in addition to 26 villa/duplex units and up to 15,000 square feet of floor space for office and professional use.

The area proposed is on the west side of Cotillion Boulevard immediately south of Southern Hills Boulevard is currently a model home center and recreation center.

Betty Erhard, Blake Bell and David Bailey all voted to deny the petition. City Attorney Becky Vose advised that minutes for the quasi-judicial hearing should reflect the reason for the prevailing vote, to which Erhard stated, “The reason for the denial is simply because the majority (in attendance) do not want it.”

23 residents filed requests to intervene as a party during the hearing.  Southern Hills resident Jennifer McCoskrie reported organizing a petition bearing 250 signatures in opposition to the petition.

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