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Massive development near Spring Hill clears key hurdle

BROOKSVILLE — The massive Lake Hideaway development in Hernando County won a key approval Monday over objections that there is no need in this depressed housing market for such a huge project.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the County Commission approve the 885-acre development of regional impact. The project is east of U.S. 19 and north of Spring Hill. It includes up to 2,400 single-family homes, 1,300 multifamily units, and commercial and office professional areas. Developers also envision a multiuse trail system, a 20-acre park site, 30 acres set aside for a new school and 100 acres of open land.

Land-use lawyer Joel Tew said the owner, Lake Hideaway Trust, already has a development order that spells out many of the details of how the mixed-use project would be built. He said the owner had no concerns over the more than 100 conditions that county planners set.

Some residents near the project raised questions about the commercial areas planned and the impact on local roads. Mostly, they wondered why such a large development is needed when there are so many available homes on the market.

Tew said that even during a tough housing market, there was a need to plan for when the situation turns around. "As bad as this is, it will not last forever," he said.

By taking the time to do a master-planned development like Lake Hideaway and other similar projects, "you will get the communities you want in Hernando County," he said.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

Massive development near Spring Hill clears key hurdle 01/11/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 8:55pm]
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