BY QUINT QUALLS
City planners are now considering the preliminary plat for 111 homes of Spring Hill’s new Southern Springs Del Webb development.
The 111 homes included in the plat comprises phases 3 and 6 of the total 602 homes planned for Del Webb’s new active adult community in Spring Hill.
The Spring Hill Municipal Planning Commission considered the submittal on Monday. Prior to the commission’s voting meeting on Oct. 10, city staff have requested the developer provide a detailed landscape plan for the substantial landscape buffers required along rural Denning Lane and historic Oaklawn Plantation to screen the view shed of both areas from the development.
The planning commission approved the preliminary plat for the initial 201 homes of the Southern Springs Development last year. Although approved without a landscape plan, a condition of approval required that a landscape plan be approved administratively prior to the city issuing any permits.
Alderman Jonathan Duda said while the plat for phases 1 and 2 of the Southern Springs development was approved last year without a landscape plan, he was not in agreement.
“I agree with staff that we really need the details of what you intend to do along Denning Lane and that that be incorporated in this. You do have some landscaping real specifically laid out around your storm water detention area, but along Denning Lane that’s definitely an area of focus. As much detail as you can provide would be helpful.”
Work on Southern Springs cause for concern among residents
Denning Lane resident Jerry Johnson spoke before the planning commission Monday concerning several grievances with the ongoing work on the site.
“The developers of Southern Springs have proven not to be very good neighbors,” Johnson said. “First, minor perhaps, I thought I had felt my first earthquake. They were using explosives. Now it would have cost very little to send out about 12 letters to let people know. Next is the regular flooding of Kedron Lane. One has to question competency of those building. Look at how often they have re-dug the same holes, how many times they’ve flooded Kedron. It wasn’t so bad when it was water, it was really worse when it was 3-4 inches of mud.
“Traffic stoppages on Kedron are an everyday thing to the point where traffic on Denning has been virtually bumper-to-bumper of people trying to avoid it, so they’re going around. I had to do it myself. I witnessed 50 percent of the cars turning around on Kedron.”
Johnson added he would like city officials to stay on the developers about the landscape buffer, or berm, to make sure it gets built.
“I would just as soon this gets passed. I would just as soon they build it, and do a great job. However, I ask you as my representatives, keep these folks on a short leash.
“I want this built, I want that berm and I want it done well with the least amount of impact on the immediate area. But that’s something they haven’t shown they can do or even care about.”
Expected completion for Spring Hill’s new, age-restricted, 55-and-older Del Webb community is spring 2017.
Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.