At the Nov. 16, 2021 regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to approve a rezoning request on a 72.7-acre property just south of the Walmart Supercenter and Sam’s Club on Cortez Blvd. The petitioners requested a rezoning from AR/(Agricultural/ Residential), AR-2/(Agricultural/ Residential-2) and C-2/(Highway Commercial) to PDP(SF)/Planned Development Project (Single Family) with deviations. The parcel has the potential for 246 homesites.
The approval stems from modifications from the original site plan, which contained two access points on Delbarton Street and no access at the north end of the property, which is adjacent to Sam’s Club. The new plan removes the Delbarton Street entrances and uses an 80-foot public easement to provide a boulevard entrance from the north. At the southern end, a secondary access point is to be from Gainsboro Avenue.
Also eliminated from the current plan is emergency access on the east side of the development from Lola Drive. Additional recreational and green space has also been added.
Several residents who live on Delbarton Street spoke during Citizen’s Comments, opposing the development of the property. A number of children were among the speakers, concerned about their safety during cycling and playing outside. Imara Vazquez’s biggest concern is that the Delbarton entrance was to be 5 feet from her property.
Other planning and development actions at the Nov. 16 meeting include:
Approved rezoning: 51 Acre tract of undeveloped land on Anderson Snow Rd, approximately .60 mile south of Spring Hill Drive. Rezoning from CPDP/(Combined Planned Development Project) to PDP(SF)/Planned Development Project (Single-Family) with Deviations, with modified performance conditions. Applicant plans to develop a residential community with approximately 185 single-family detached homes. There will be a treed boulevard entrance from Anderson Snow leading to a central recreation facility.
Approved Special Exception Use Permit for a Place of Public Assembly, namely a venue for
Special Events and Retreats with performance conditions. The property is 120 acres located at 2248 Culbreath Rd. The property owners plan to operate a dude ranch with RV and primitive camping sites, provide ATV trail riding on existing trails, host up to 100 guests at an event pavilion.
Approved Rezoning 60.825 acres located at Winter and Evergreen Avenues from AG/(Agricultural) to PDP(SF)/Planned Development Project (Single-Family) and PDP(SU)/Planned Development Project (Special Use) with deviations modified performance conditions. The rezoning proposes a maximum of 267 single-family residential units. Included is .44 acres set aside for a recreational amenity center. The rezoning was in conjunction with a small-scale comprehensive plan amendment to change the Future Land Use Map for a 49.6-acre portion of the property to Residential from Rural.
Denied (4-1) rezoning and small-scale comprehensive plan amendment for 50 acres of 119.33-acre property west of Lockhart Rd and south of Old Trilby Rd to change the designation from rural to residential. The rezoning is from AG/(Agricultural) to PDP(SF)/Planned Development Project (Single-Family) with Deviations. The petitioners stated in their application to support the request,
“Immediately across Lockhart Road from the subject Ballard property, west of I-75, is the new Trilby Crossing development with 430 homes on 40’ wide lots under construction. Several other projects within the adjacent I-75/SR 50 PDD are in the final planning stages. With burgeoning interest in Hernando County and the recent six-laning of I-75 and SR 50, the I-75/SR 50 PDD is now evolving into the eastern Hernando County community anticipated when creating the PDD.”
Denied Special Exception Use Permit Petition Submitted by Out of Bounds, Inc. (SE2104). This was covered by Hernando Sun on Nov. 26, 2021.
Approved Rainbow Glen Rezoning- 40.5 acres off of Linden Dr. and Augustine Rd. (Covered by Hernando Sun Nov. 26, 2021)