Tallahassee Reports has learned that the neighborhood associations for Ox Bottom Manor and Moore Pond have filed a petition to challenge the Brookside Village residential development which was recently approved by the Leon County Development Review Committee.
The Brookside Village development is a proposed 61-lot single-family detached residential subdivision on the upland portion of the 35 +/- acre parcel with environmentally sensitive areas being contained within a conservation easement. Lot sizes range from 0.14 acres to 0.42 acres, with two larger lots of 2.00 acres and 2.19 acres being proposed adjacent to Heartland Circle.
However, one of the arguments put forth by the petitioners is that the proposed density is not compatible with the bordering neighborhoods. The filing notes that the density of Brookside Village is 3.3 times higher than Ox Bottom Manor and 14 times higher than Moore Pond.
And this is where the debate begins.
The Development Review Committee (DRC) calculated the density as being more compatible with nearby neighborhoods.
The DRC concluded that “the density of the proposed development is 1.73 dwelling units per acre, which is comparable with adjacent Ox Bottom Gardens and Ox Bottom Manor, 2.13 and 1.10 dwelling units per acre, respectively. It is also within the allowable range for the Residential Preservation land use category which allows up to 6 dwelling units per acre within the category.”
However, the development is laid out in a way that the homes are all built on approximately 16 acres. The DRC calculated the density using using the fulls size of the parcel. See picture below.
The neighborhoods do not think this calculation is correct, and therefore, argue the plan is not consistent with the Leon County Comprehensive Plan.
The issue will be decided by an administrative law judge provided by the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.