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After commission defeat, developer pulls out at Bayshore Heights



The neighbors are happy, but city staff is not.

Residents of Bayshore Heights neighborhood scored a recent win with the City Commission when developer D.R. Horton decided not to pursue a plan to finish off the partially-built subdivision.

Following three hours of protests from neighbors, the Commission voted 3-2 last week not to authorize a zoning change that would have allowed D.R. Horton to squeeze an extra nine homes into a space now zoned for 42.

City Manager Mark LeCouris, who recommended the zoning change to commissioners, is disappointed the city will lose out on the development opportunity and revenue. 

Townsend Tarapani, who voted against the proposal, said it’s a shame a compromise couldn’t be struck but he believes “other developers will come in soon.”

But attorney Ed Armstrong, attorney for D.R. Horton, said that’s doubtful. 

“I don’t know what developer would be interested in undertaking that obligation,” he said, adding that his client was being asked to replat land and possibly reconfigure a road system. “That’s impractical in a half-built subdivision. You can’t support that level of demand from the local government.”

[Last modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:31pm]


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