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Revisions needed for apartment complex rezoning

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Maya Motels requested the rezoning of 2.68 acres (on a 4.29-acre parcel) on the north side of Cortez Boulevard, approximately 300 feet west of Deltona Boulevard. The entire property is currently General Commercial (C-1) and Highway Commercial (C-2), and they’d like to rezone the 2.68 acres to Planned Development Project – Multifamily (PDP(MF)) for the construction of an apartment complex.

The proposed rental complex will contain 1- and 2-bedroom apartments and associated amenities. The target market for this development is doctors in residency at Oak Hill hospital.

On Feb. 14, 2023, Wayne Walker of Civil Coastal Engineering, representing Maya Motels, requested a continuance after a motion to deny by Commissioner Steve Champion. Champion made the motion based on structure height, density, and potential parking issues.

Walker requested the continuance to revise the project plan based on the concerns discussed during the meeting. The matter will be brought to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the April 11, 2023, meeting.
Walker was unaware at first that the staff report limited the project to 56 units rather than the 64 units that were previously approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Planning Director Michelle Miller explained that the requested 64 units exceed the maximum density parameters, so the staff report calculated that 56 units would conform.

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Next, the number of parking spaces concerned Commissioners, currently at 1.45 spaces per unit. Miller again explained that this number does not comply with code, which is 1.5 per unit for one and two-bedroom units and two parking spaces per unit for three or more bedrooms.

“You’re startling me with saying this is not something you would support,” Walker said after stating that the numbers in question made it past the application process, and Planning and Zoning voted unanimously to recommend approval.

The height of the buildings will also be going back to the drawing board, as the petitioner asked for 50-foot buildings when the maximum structure height is 45 feet. Commissioners and one nearby homeowner commented on potential privacy issues faced by homeowners just northeast of the development.

Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil is a reporter for the Hernando Sun as well as a business technology developer, specializing in website development, content management systems, and data analysis.
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