BY QUINT QUALLS
Following last month’s approval of the rezoning and Master Development Plan for a near 1,000-home development proposed for south Spring Hill, developers of The Villages at Harvest Point have submitted a final development plan for 557 single-family homes and 234 multi-family townhomes, a portion of the overall plan.
The Spring Hill Municipal Planning Commission considered the proposal to develop a 500-acre site near the intersection of Beechcroft Road and Cleburne Road at Monday night’s work session meeting.
The Board of Mayor and Alderman approved the developers’ request to rezone the 500-acre property to a Planned Unit Development to allow for mixed-use development of both single family and multi-family homes and townhomes, and a live-work village with commercial units.
The now approved Master Development Plan includes 961 single-family residential lots and 232 multi-family units.
Discussion of The Villages at Harvest Point at Monday’s work session was limited, concerning the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs), or the homeowners’ association community rules, for the development.
“It appears the declarant developer may loan or may issue loans to the association for the budget deficits in the early years,” said Alderman Jonathan Duda. “And to expressly provide for that I think is a little – if taken literally for all types of improvements it can get very expensive and really saddle the development for a long period of time.
“And I hadn’t yet seen where the class A members or the development and builder rights – at what point do they transfer to the members, the ongoing members? So those two areas I think are a little heavy. I just don’t want us to cross our T’s and dot our I’s and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got covenants.’ We’ve got now transfer issues of HOAs that are causing our staff just headaches because everyone’s expecting us to fix it. I want to make sure it’s balanced.”
Jeff Heinze, of applicant Littlejohn Engineering, responded that the developers would get answers for Duda’s concerns, adding that The Villages at Harvest Point will also have to come back before the planning commission for preliminary plat approval before it proceeds.
The planning commission took no votes at Monday’s work session. It will meet again for its monthly voting meeting on Monday, Oct. 10.
Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at email@example.com.