Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Townhouse owners could rent units under new plan

BROOKSVILLE — Owners who buy townhouses near the Withlacoochee State Trail could have the option of renting to vacationers.

The Hernando Planning and Zoning Commission approved the zoning change Monday after Brooksville developer Joe Selway said the ability to lease seasonally would better suit those who might purchase in the development. The change must still be approved by the County Commission.

Plans call for 241 two- and three-story homes to be built on a 25-acre parcel east of Interstate 75 and north of State Road 50, near a popular trailhead. Originally approved by the county last April, the units are expected to sell for as little as $150,000.

"We've found a lot of our customers still want to be snowbirds (because of the economy)," Selway said. "For example, there are a couple of firemen from the Midwest who can't afford not to lease."

Not all potential owners have indicated that they want to rent, he said. Selway added that such short-term leases are a much-needed option in the county, especially for larger families when hotels fill up.

Last year, the townhouse proposal created controversy among nearby residents and those opposed to development near the trail. The Withlacoochee trail has long been a regional hub for hikers, runners and cyclists.

In a county that touts ecotourism, some said the trail won't be as attractive when the townhomes are built. Selway's tract of land is considered a bridge between commercial property owned by a restaurant company to the south and the single-family houses in Sherman Hills to the north.

On Monday, planning commissioners also approved a separate request by Selway to move ahead with plans to build a gated recreational vehicle community. The 162 homes would be built with bays large enough to accommodate RVs.

"It's basically a house with a very large carport," Selway explained.

Homes will be constructed on a 50-acre tract off McKethan Road, south of SR 50. Commissioners approved the plan with two access points on McKethan Road and an emergency outlet on Westlake Boulevard.

Unlike traditional RV resorts, the development is expected to serve as a temporary home base where RV drivers won't hook up and continue running their vehicles. When traveling, owners will most likely rent to other RVers.

Commissioner Bob DeWitt said that such a community would be great for those who come through the county in large mobile units.

"I think this is something we need in this county," DeWitt said.

The plan now goes to the County Commission for consideration.

Chandra Broadwater can be reached at cbroadwater@sptimes.com, or (352) 848-1432.

>>In other business

Proposal rejected for Lions Club

The Planning and Zoning Commission denied a request to rezone property at the south end of Hallcrest Avenue, behind Rainbow Hills Estates, in Spring Hill. The plan called for turning the Lions Club building into a restaurant and office space. Commissioners followed the staff's recommendation, rejecting it because the building is surrounded by a residential area.

Townhouse owners could rent units under new plan 05/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2008 6:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. East Tampa store owner who survived one shooting is targeted again with fatal results

    Crime

    TAMPA — In the 2011 video, Mahamoud Ibrahim stands behind the counter of his tiny East Tampa convenience store, his back to the surveillance camera meant to discourage thieves.

    A memorial has sprouted in front of the 29th Street Store in East Tampa, where a robber fatally shot owner Mohamoud Ibrahim on July 16. Security experts say small mom-and-pop stores in high crime areas are easy targets for robberies and typically don't have the budgets for extra security measures. [TONY MARRERO/Times Staff]
  2. AARP still waiting for the two Ricks to sent voter education videos

    Blogs

    AARP Florida wants to educate St. Petersburg residents on Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker’s views on how to make the Sunshine City more livable.

    It's been a frenetic St. Pete mayor's race so far. Maybe that's the reason AARP hasn't received voter education videos from the campaigns
  3. Rowdies part of a record-setting season for USL attendance

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Although Rowdies fans haven't had many recent opportunities to show out at Al Lang, the United Soccer League turnstiles keep turning at a record rate.

    A Rowdies fan waves flags ahead of the first half of the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and Orlando City B at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
  4. Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

    In this May 9, 2017, file photo, White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned over hiring of new communications aide.   [AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File]
  5. William March: Sharp divide on health care's next step for Kathy Castor and Dennis Ross

    News

    ACA repeal fail: Castor happy, Ross furious

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, has been one of the strongest backers of the Affordable Care Act.  [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]