More industrial space is planned on the east side of the county, just north of the Walmart Distribution Center. At the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on July 12, 2022, the board unanimously approved a petition by Cardinal Point Management, LLC / One Hernando LLC to establish a Master Plan on property on the east side of Kettering Road, about 1300 feet south of Cortez Blvd.
Commissioner Wayne Dukes motioned to approve, and Commissioner Beth Narverud seconded.
The 146 acre parcel is currently zoned PDP(IND) (Planned Development Project (Industrial)) and will provide industrial space for 4 – 6 individual parcels, totaling approximately 2,400,000 square feet of gross floor area.
The petition was unanimously approved by the planning and zoning committee on June 13, 2022, however, Planning Director Michelle Miller stated that the petitioner, Cardinal Point, asked for the elimination of a condition requiring 20-foot side setbacks so that two units may be joined together, separated by a firewall. The request was approved by the BOCC.
Don Lacey, Vice President of Coastal Engineering added that his firm is working with the county’s engineering department, citing improvements needed along Kettering Road. Traffic studies are being prepared to be provided to the county at a later date.
Back in January 2022, the county approved two master plan revisions for distribution centers on Kettering Rd. The two distribution centers are to be located on the east side of Kettering Rd near I-75, south of the Walmart Distribution Center and are on adjacent properties owned by separate entities. The properties are within the I-75 – State Road 50 planned development district. One distribution center is planned to be 750,000 square feet while the other is proposed to be 600,000 square feet.
At the following meeting in January County Administrator Jeff Rogers remarked, “The east side of the county, I-75, you know, is growing a lot in the future. I believe, we haven’t seen the peak of the intensity of the growth out there. At the last meeting you approved two huge logistics centers potentially rezonings out there. That hasn’t happened in many, many years.”
Rogers further added, “You approved a couple of subdivisions already out there- six seven hundred homes out there being developed. And the future potential is out there. What you really need to do is plan the east side of the community. What it’s going to look like by 10 years from now. It’s gonna be another small exit like you see on 54-56 almost like another Wesley Chapel… In the future you’re going to have as much population out there as you do in the Spring Hill side. It’s gonna grow that much.”