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Brooksville zoning hearing moved to Dec. 17 to adjust for signage error

BROOKSVILLE — The fate of a 171-acre parcel on the east side of Brooksville where up to 427 single-family homes could be built must wait a couple of weeks because of a minor sign-posting error.

The Brooksville City Council agreed to move the final zoning hearing to Dec. 17 after learning that signs posted near the land notifying nearby residents of Monday night's public hearing advertised the wrong date.

Although published legal notices had the correct date, council members felt it would be more fair to give residents additional notice should they want to attend the final hearing.

The parcel, which is presently owned by Evans Financial Services of Fort Lauderdale, is on the south side of Mondon Hill Road and immediately east of Jasmine Drive, adjacent to the planned Majestic Oaks development.

City planner Steve Gouldman said that while present plans do not name a specific developer, owners of the property are looking to change its suburban residential status to allow for a higher-density designation.

"Right now, it's a speculative deal," Gouldman said.

In October, the city Planning and Zoning Commission approved a change of the property's present agricultural zoning to residential. Plans call for the construction of moderately priced homes in three pods, with lots ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 square feet.

The wooded subdivision would include entrances from Mondon Hill and Jasmine, and residents would be provided with ready sidewalk access to the nearby Good Neighbor Trail. So far, the council has backed the zoning change, voting 4-1 in favor at an initial hearing two weeks ago.

Gouldman stressed that before construction can go forward, the eventual developer would be required to address concerns such as roads, sewer and sidewalks, and would have to apply for environmental permits from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Vice Mayor Lara Bradburn said she wouldn't approve the plan without assurance from developers and county planners that traffic concerns on Mondon Hill Road would be addressed.

"With Majestic Oaks so close, there have to be some significant improvements there to accommodate the increase in traffic," Bradburn said. "That's a dangerous road. Too many people die on it already."

The final reading on the zoning issue will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Brooksville City Hall.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or [email protected]

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