National Home Builder Targets Leon County – Tallahassee Reports


At the March 22 Joint Workshop on 2022 Cycle Comprehensive Plan Changes, elected officials heard of a proposal that could result in the development of approximately 460 acres in southern Leon County by DR Horton, a national manufacturer.

DR Horton is based in Arlington, Texas, and operates in 44 of the top 50 homebuilding markets in the United States.

The company has a presence in Wakulla County where it developed Chadwick Estates. The neighborhood is located along Wakulla Arran Road and approximately 2.2 miles from Highway 319.

The workshop is one of the first steps in a process that will include public hearings and elected votes on the proposals.

During the workshop, elected officials highlighted the positives associated with the proposal, including the need for more housing options and the location of the development on the south side.

Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch noted “we don’t have enough housing, there’s not enough dirt.”

City Commissioner Curtis Richardson commented on the housing crisis and said “we are growing…how we grow is what we determine…we need to bring more properties inside the urban service area “.

Leon County Commissioner Jimbo Jackson said “it’s great to see something happening in the southwest.”

Concerns were also mentioned about possible issues related to traffic problems and urban sprawl.

Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier expressed concern about the impact of the April Road project on traffic in the area.

City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow expressed concern over the repeated expansion of the City Service Area (US).

Matlow said, “I think we can’t keep expanding the urban service area…we don’t have enough money to provide services to the sprawling neighborhoods.”

Compensation Plan Changes

Changes requested by the developer include expanding the Urban Services Area (US) and changing zoning designations. The changes requested concern three plots.

The April Road Designated Parcel is approximately 173 acres of land at the northeast corner of Old St. Augustine Road and April Road. The proposed zoning changes would allow for low density residential development of 3.63 units per acre.

The proposed zoning permits townhouses, single family homes, two family homes, and apartments as well as open/recreational space and community facilities related to residential use of 4 to 20 dwelling units per acre.

The Woodville Highway parcel covers approximately 154 acres of land southeast of the intersection of Capital Circle and Woodville Highway and the Southwood Planation parcel covers approximately 130 acres of land between Apalachee Parkway and Old St. Augustine Rd , east of Southwood Plantation.

The zoning application for these two parcels will allow for low density residential development at a density of up to eight residential units per acre and a mix of office, commercial uses and residential densities of up to 20 units per acre. .

The next step in the process is for the planners to gather the information requested at the workshop and address any outstanding questions and concerns at the public hearings scheduled for April 12 and June 14.

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