PHOTO: Planning documents show the design for the new proposed church. / Photo courtesy of the city of Spring Hill
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill Planning Commission reviewed a handful of new development projects at their Monday meeting. A new church, condominiums, townhomes and residential development projects were discussed.
Connection Hill Primitive Baptist Church / Church on site area of 10.5 acres
Submitted by Donnie Buford, Connection Hill Primitive Baptist Church is a house of worship proposed to be built on Buckner Lane, just northwest of Spring Station Middle School.
The proposal was made and approved by the city in 2014, but with no construction beginning since that time, the approval had since expired. Materials used in the construction of the church would include brick, batten board, lap siding and stucco, with the roof pitched and covered with architectural shingles.
As the applicant was only requesting site plan concept review, the commission did not vote on the item, and instead only offered feedback.
Sawgrass West, Phase 1 / 196 townhome units
Submitted by WES Engineers & Surveyors, Sawgrass West is a proposed townhome community that would be constructed just north of King’s Creek Golf Course on Kedron Road. The first phase, of which the applicant was requesting site plan approval, would consist of 196 townhome units constructed of brick, vinyl lap siding and regular asphalt shingles.
During the meeting, Commissioner Matt Fitterer noted the applicant had failed to meet two previous conditions of approval; they failed to enter a cost share agreement with the city for improvements to Tom Lunn Road and did not submit certain requested documents.
Ultimately, the commission voted to defer this project until the next meeting of the Planning Commission in August.
Bluebird Hollow at Autumn Ridge / 110 single-family lots
Submitted by Anderson, Delk, Epps and Associates, Bluebird Hollow at Autumn Ridge is a subdivision consisting of 110 homes proposed to be constructed between Depot Street and Miles Johnson Parkway, just northwest of Main Street.
Spanning over an area of 34.45 acres, the development plans include five-foot sidewalks on both sides of internal streets, as well as a 10-foot wide greenway trail on the west side of the development, in accordance with the city’s Bicycle and Greenway Plan.
The commission unanimously approved the applicant’s request for neighborhood concept plan review during the meeting.
O’Hallorn Crossing / 18 condominium units
Submitted by Southern Consulting, O’Hallorn Crossing is a condominium development proposed to be constructed on Harrah Drive, right across from SouthView Church, just east of Main Street.
The proposal was heavily criticized by commissioners Fitterer and Paul Downing when it first appeared before the commission two weeks ago, with the commissioners arguing the slope of the site to be far too drastic for such development. Residents from a nearby neighborhood also spoke during the previous meeting, arguing that their property values would plummet were condominiums to be developed right behind their homes.
As the applicant had just requested site plan concept review, the commission did not vote on the project, though Downing did reaffirm that the project was a “bad concept.”
The Cove at Spring Hill, Phase 1 / 53 single-family units
Submitted by WES Engineers & Surveyors, the Cove at Spring Hill is a subdivision development proposed to be constructed on Tom Lunn Road, just north of Port Royal Park.
Spanning over an area of 58.78 acres, this first phase of development would include sidewalks on one side of Imagine Circle and Eleanor Rigby Court.
In what was a very brief discussion, the commission ultimately approved the applicant’s request for final plat approval.