Planning Commission tables Sunspace PUD request

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 03:56 PM.

The proposed development includes 3,200 residential units, a Village Center with retail and office space, central water and wastewater treatment plants, and numerous civic amenities. These amenities include an extensive trail network, a grand lawn, an equestrian facility, community gardens and parks, according to the website.

“The Rhythm DRI is moving forward at a slow pace,” Henderson said. The developers have finished their initial studies, and have engaged engineers and met with Gulf Coast Power Electric Cooperative to begin discussing utilities.

Karen Morris asked why the Rhythm property is being advertised as for sale. “We need jobs in our community, not just developers coming in and flipping property.”

Henderson told the commissioners he thought the questions and comments about the Rhythm project were inappropriate, but he took a dressing down from David Morris.

“There are no inappropriate questions,” Morris said. However, Morris cried foul a few minutes later when Henderson asked for a “straw poll,” seeking individual opinions from commissioners on whether or not the property in question should be developed.

“I think it is highly inappropriate of you to ask that question,” Morris told Henderson.

Later, in the regular meeting, Ackerman made a motion to table the Sunspace request until the next planning commission meeting, at which time the county attorney can be involved in the discussion. The commissioners unanimously voted to table the requests.

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