Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Condo Development Draws Some Homeowners' Ire; Development Seeks Rezoning with Developer; Move May Put Condos in Residents' Back Yards

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Condo Development Draws Some Homeowners' Ire; Development Seeks Rezoning with Developer; Move May Put Condos in Residents' Back Yards

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Byline: terry brown

A new recreation center may soon be on the way for Julington Creek Plantation, but an angry group of homeowners are expressing their outrage if having the new pool complex means allowing condominiums to be built in their backyards.

Residents of Whispering Pines and Silver Creek neighborhoods recently learned parcels of land along Durbin Creek Boulevard were being submitted for rezoning by builder D.R. Horton Inc. Included in the rezoning package submitted to County Planner Bruce Ford on May 13 is parcel 50, which includes land for the proposed new recreational facility.

In the same modification proposal, the land use on parcel 52 -- purchased by Horton and currently zoned for recreation -- would be rezoned to multi-family dwellings. D.R. Horton is proposing 60 condominium units be built on the parcels that front Durbin Creek Boulevard and back up to Whispering Pines, a neighborhood of $300,000 to $400,000 homes.

Nicole Alvarez is one of the residents affected by the proposed change. Her home sits on a secluded cul-de-sac with a pond and nature area. The Alvarezs said they paid premiums to be on the piece of property and frequently enjoy watching wildlife and birds that frequent the area. They say the proposed condominiums will change all of that for the family.

"I am all for a new pool and recreational facility," Alvarez said. "But, not at the cost of placing condominiums along Durbin Creek Boulevard."

JCP Community Development District board member Susan Beaugrand said D.R. Horton bought all of the property from Julington Partners, the previous owners of the Fruit Cove development. She said the district had to buy parcel 50 from D.R. Horton in order to gain access to additional acreage the development district wants for its recreational facilities project. Parcel 50 is designated as the site for a new skate park and basketball courts.

Beaugrand said the pools, tennis courts and two-story recreational facility would be built on about 25 acres behind parcel 50. She said they were having to do the rezoning on the same application with D.R. Horton.

But the development district isn't coming away empty-handed on the deal. …

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