WMNF | Development on 74-acres of land together Anclote River could come down to roads

Roads. In which the proposed Anclote Harbor residential community is going, it may possibly want roads.


The Tarpon Springs Metropolis Commission all over again postponed a vote to rezone 74-acres of land along the Anclote River right after additional than 8 hrs of public hearing. Visitors security and environmental things have emerged as considerations.

Developer the Morgan Team and environmentalists hoping to preserve the land pleaded their cases to the Fee in a hearing that begun Thursday night time, ended early Friday early morning and was inevitably postponed right up until subsequent Friday afternoon.

Extra than a decade back Environmentalists fended off major-box big Walmart when it needed to establish on the land. The site includes far more than 21 acres of wetlands and 14 acres of uplands a reside oak habitat bald eagle nests and is property to gopher tortoises – Environmentalists even now hope to see it turned into a park.

But for the commissioners whose career it will be to choose whether or not or not the land receives rezoned, the decision appears to be to be based on roadways.

A solitary gated entrance

The developer is inquiring for a waiver to enable only a person entrance, on U.S. 19. But with much more than 400 units proposed, it’s perfectly around the 50-unit threshold for demanding further entrances. Problem has been lifted in excess of whether or not motorists would be in a position to safely enter and exit the home going to and from southbound U.S. 19.

Joel Provenzano spoke on behalf of the Florida Department of Transportation.

“A overview of the site visitors displays that it should work at an acceptable amount of assistance,” he reported. “That usually means that all motorists need to efficiently be equipped to negotiate this.”

But a targeted visitors specialist hired by the group Worried Citizens of Tarpon Springs mentioned he wouldn’t approve the task. He mentioned the median that would be made wouldn’t make it possible for plenty of time for automobiles to journey throughout the highway. He additional the website traffic experiments that have been conducted do not choose into account greater targeted visitors when the pandemic is around and fewer folks are staying house.

“In my belief this project does not meet up with code and should not be accredited,” transportation planner Eric Houston claimed.

Who builds it

A person issue of a waiver could be a 2nd highway on the eastside of the home. It would  not only improve the jobs effects on wetlands, but the developer and metropolis simply cannot seem to be to agree on who would be dependable.

Cindy Tarapani, a style and design guide symbolizing the developer claimed the Morgan Group would only be accountable for connecting their land to a road that would have to be built by the city. But vice-mayor Jacob Karr explained without the task, the town would have no have to have to construct the road in the very first put.

“I’m not gonna approve that waiver based on what I’ve seen,” Karr mentioned. “I do expect the applicant to assemble this other road. Simply because there is no require for the road suitable now, unless of course this application goes as a result of and is authorized.”

The listening to on the land will proceed Friday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. in Tarpon Springs City Corridor.