Developers postpone Rezoning Application for Powell Rd Property

The BOCC voted 4-1 at the regular meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to postpone the application of Sycamore Engineering and J.D. Alsabbagh to rezone the parcel located at Powell Road and Raines Road from agricultural (AG) to a planned development project (PDP).

The applicant postponed with the intention of modifying the application to bolster their position in a future meeting.

Commissioner Steve Champion voted against the measure.

BOCC Approves Subdivision South of Sterling Hills

At the regular meeting on January 14, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning of a 20.2-acre parcel on the southeast side of Sterling Hills Boulevard, approximately 900' of its southern terminus.  The entrance to the parcel will be an extension of Windance Ave from Sterling Hills Blvd. 

The proposed name for the subdivision was not mentioned during the meeting.

County approves private school site

Commissioners approved a Master Plan Revision to allow the For Each 1 Reach 1 Mentoring Program to proceed with construction of their new facility on Sunshine Grove Road.

Lynette Mackey, Executive Director of the private school, which will focus on K-8 students who have had difficulty in traditional learning environments, dispelled some circulating rumors which likened the program to a detention center or punitive environment from which students would try to escape.

Kass Circle 'CRA' approves area plan without tax increment financing option

The Board of County Commissioners acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency met on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to approve the Community Development Area Plan, as well as adopt the 2020 budget and meeting schedules.

The Agency unanimously approved all of the items, with the modification that the Area Plan be approved without a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) option.  The simplest definition of a TIF comes from Wikipedia: “A public financing method that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure, and other community-improvement projects.”

Commission to Consider Bid by Hartland Homes

An agenda item that was not heard during the previous (October 22, 2019) Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting and generated provocative reports in traditional and social media was finally heard and discussed at the November 5, 2019 meeting.  After the legal department deemed the action appropriate and proper, the board voted unanimously to approve consideration of the offer submitted by Hartland Homes to purchase six parcels of land currently owned by the county.  The bid for the parcels is $408,000.

BOCC approves update to tree permit exemption standards

(Brooksville, FL) On October 22, 2019, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance amendment to Chapter 10, Article II and Chapter 23, Article IV to update standards for tree permit exemptions. These updates were required to comply with the recent changes to the Florida Statutes made by the Legislation during the past Legislative session.