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Scaled-back Hernando housing plan lives on

BROOKSVILLE — A scaled-down proposal for a housing development near the coastal community of Bayport got a nod of approval Monday from the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission.

The proposal will include 18 or fewer residential units — both single-family homes and townhomes — on 37 acres along Cortez Boulevard, both east and west of Mary's Fish Camp Road.

Earlier this year, Curtis H. Norman and Zeneda Partners Limited sought permission for 37 units on the same site, but then county planners determined the entire property was in a velocity zone, the zone most vulnerable to storm damage.

That meant a maximum density of one unit per upland acre. The site is thought to have 18 or fewer acres of uplands.

An exact number of units will be determined after a new survey is completed by one of the many agencies that still must issue permits due to the sensitive nature of the site, said Don Lacey who represented the applicant.

The property includes springs that feed the Mud River, and nearby residents voiced concerns about negative impacts on the environment in general and manatees in the river.

"This is old Florida,'' said Weeki Wachee resident Jacqueline Victor, urging planning commissioners to consider the implications of the project on such pristine property.

The County Commission will hear the application early next year.

Also, Monday, the planning commission:

• Approved a special exception use permit to allow Spring Hill resident Paul Hargis to sell firearms from his home on Hague Court. Neighbors objected to the plan. Hargis will be limited to one customer per day on his property.

• Okayed a conditional use permit to allow the Hernando County Farmers Market to operate in the parking lot of the old Kmart parking lot on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. The market generally operates on Saturdays, but was given permission to add days.

• Recommended that the County Commission approve the rezoning of a 129-acre parcel north of Cortez Boulevard on both sides of Mondon Hill Road owned by Wayne Wetzel. Plans call for an RV park, ministorage units, a primitive camping area and resort residential units.

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

Scaled-back Hernando housing plan lives on 12/12/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 10:57pm]
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