Spring Creek: Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission and County Commission approve zoning changes

Spring Center,  a large housing and town-center project proposed in Spring Hill passed two big hurdles recently on its way to completion. The Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended rezoning 450 acres to make way for the  mixed-use community. The County Commission followe dthat the next day with approval to change the county’s comprehensive plan allowing the project to move forward.

While full completion is expected to take a couple of decades, and there are manyh smaller subsequent agreement and approvals needed, this was a very big step to seeing the project fully underway and buildings under construction.

Residences at Spring Center vary from single-family homes to apartments, and could include residences above businesses in the planned town center, which is slated to include commerical and office space as well, the developer's representatives confirmed..

Public input opposing the development was smaller than previous planning and zoning sessions. Several changes and suggestions were made from the last reviewed but the planners said they could not review them so the issue was taken to the County Commission the following day for approval. 

The developers faced more residents with concerns about traffic, school crowding and additional taxes.

There, planners faced a larger crowd of residents worried that Spring Center would snarl traffic, crowd local schools and put additional tax burdens on current residents.

Commissioners favored Spring Center because it would provide Spring Hill the downtown that original developer Deltona never gave it.

They pointed out the benefits of the project and the ability to approve it as it is built. They pointed out the success of these types of mixed use developments in other parts of the country. 

They added Chalmer Street and Stephanie Drive as potential access points for Spring Center. The comprehensive plan was then approved. 

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