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HIGH SPRINGS ‒ The City of High Springs Commission has issued its initial approval of changing nearly 66 acres of property from County Agricultural to City R-1 Residential. The first public hearing on Ordinance 2020-05/CPA 20-01, a large-scale amendment pertaining to 65.87 acres, resulted in unanimous approval by Commissioners. Following approval of this item on first reading, the City transmitted the proposed changes to the state of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. If the state does not challenge the amendment within 31 days, the Commission will consider adoption of this ordinance on second and final reading.

The property is owned by Double B Property LLC. The change, if approved on second reading, will amend the Future Land Use Plan Map of the City’s Comprehensive Plan to change the land use classification from County Rural/Agriculture to City Residential Rural. The land use classification change affects the number of dwellings allowed on the property. Rural/Agriculture, which allows for up to one dwelling unit per five acres, will be changed to City Residential Rural, which allows for one dwelling unit per gross acre.

It is not expected that the property will require City services of water or sewer. The High Springs city attorney said that utilities are approximately .5 miles away from the property. Should the owners decide to hook up to City utilities later, they would bear the burden of paying to extend service from their property to City utilities.

The first public hearing on Ordinance 2020-08/Z 20-02 also received unanimous approved on first reading by Commissioners. This action is on the same 65.87 acres owned by Double B Property LLC. When approved on second reading, this application will amend the Official Zoning Map of the Land Development Code by changing the zoning district on this property from County Agricultural to City R-1 Residential.

No development orders, development permits or land uses dependent on these changes may be issued or commence before it has been approved.

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