At the last Leon County Schools Board meeting on August 29th, attorneys for Pine Cone Woods, LLC informed the Board that their client was seeking support of an application to expand the Urban Services Area (USA) for approximately 180 acres that borders Chiles High School.
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In a letter to Superintendent Hanna, Pine Cone Woods, LLC noted that one of the requirements in filing the application with local officials requires the applicant meet informally with adjacent neighbors to provide for an early opportunity for dialogue.
Representatives for Pine Cone Woods asked if Board had any objection to the expansion.
The Board appeared to vote unanimously to support the application, though LCS Board member Rosanne Wood did ask for a benefit analysis.
The Urban Service Area (USA) includes the portions of the City and the County which are to be developed at urban levels of density and can expect the availability of urban infrastructure and services.
The intent of the Urban Service Area is to 1) promote efficient and compact urban growth; 2) protect the rural character of those areas outside the USA from incompatible uses and densities; 3) assure that local government can afford to provide needed urban services to areas which we designate to receive such services; and 4) make sure that areas designated for urban development are not “under-utilized.”
At the LCSB meeting, Ed Murray of NAI TALCOR, speaking on behalf of Pine Cone Woods, LLC, told the Board that “we believe there is a need to do moderate housing…and various forms of housing…” in the area.
Murray also noted that a successful application would open up conversations with the Board about possibly expanding the footprint of Chiles High School.