74.6 F
The Villages
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Villages wins approval for 2,000 homes on 387-acre site near prison  

As many as 2,000 homes could be built on a 387-acre site on both sides of County Road 470 in Wildwood as part of the massive Villages of Southern Oaks development.

Special Magistrate Lindsay C.T. Holt recommended approval of a site plan for the area near the Coleman federal prison at a meeting Tuesday of the Wildwood Planning and Zoning Board. City commissioners may act on the plan later this month.

The Southern Oaks development, which stretches from State Road 44 to the Center Hill city limits, will nearly double the size of The Villages. Last year, Wildwood officials authorized The Villages to build up to 14,455 homes south of CR 470.

This aerial view shows the 387 acre site tha spans both sides of County Road 470.
This aerial view shows the 387-acre site that spans both sides of County Road 470.

The bare-bones site plan offers little detail. About a quarter of the property is designated for open space and wetlands with the rest marked residential. The roughly triangular-shaped site would be bounded by an extension of Marsh Bend Trail, Central Parkway and Bexley Trail. CR 470 is not marked on the plan although it bisects the property.

Three roundabouts are indicated where the streets meet with a trail tunnel under Central Parkway. A small area is designated as non-residential, but no golf courses or recreation centers are marked on the plan. You can see more by viewing this link: 2021-09-07 Planning & Zoning Board – Full Agenda-1470 (dragged)

Although The Villages plans to build a family neighborhood for workers in the area, this property would carry age-restricted zoning like the rest of the Southern Oaks residential development.

Property owners are listed as The Villages Development Co., Buffalo Hide & Cattle Co. and Bexley Sumter of Sumterville.

Buffalo Hide & Cattle Co. is a Villages-related entity formed in 2017. More than a decade ago, part of the property was zoned residential for the Landstone project, which never was built. The cattle company led an effort four years ago to rezone the area to agriculture, although it later was rezoned to age-restricted development for The Villages expansion.

Bexley Sumter, formed in 2012, last year bought 2,236 acres along the Caloosahatchee River in south Florida for about $8.5 million.

 

More Headlines
Stories in and around The Villages, Florida

Headlines
The Villages, Florida

Letters to the Editor
Opinions submitted by residents in and around The Villages

U.S. drone strikes creating more long-term enemies

A Villager writes in a Letter to the Editor that drone strikes that kill innocent civilians are creating more long-term enemies for the United States.

Brett Hage is an embarrassment to Sumter County

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Bonita resident contends that state Rep. Brett Hage is an embarrassment to Sumter County.

We should not be praising Biden’s ‘courage’ for leaving Afghanistan

A Village of Mallory Square resident, in a Letter to the Editor, argues that we should not be praising President Biden’s “courage” for leaving Afghanistan.

Rome had Nero and we are saddled with Biden

A Village of Tamarind Grove resident, in a Letter to the Editor, laments that Rome had Nero, but we are saddled with Joe Biden in the White House.

Trash on the side of the roads in the Villages

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Pine Ridge resident contends there is too much trash along the roadways in The Villages.

Photos
The Villages, Florida