After a long and politically tumultuous road to development, a proposed upscale RV resort got the green light Tuesday to begin construction from the Citrus County Commission.
County Commissioners have approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for Preservation Point RV Resort, a 234-acre property run by Inverness private solicitor John Eden for New Horizon Funding Inc. Eden has applied to amend its PUD of county from 2011.
The commissioners approved the PUD unanimously. They had no questions for Eden and there was no input from the audience.
Eden had asked two years ago to be annexed by Inverness rather than work with the county after allowing disputes to arise over the project. The station will be located along Lake Spivey east of Inverness on National Road 44. The county sued the town to stop the annexation and won the case earlier this year.
Under the PUD, Preservation Point RV Resort would be limited to a maximum of 1,000 RV sites over three phases. The plan leaves the wetlands undeveloped.
It also calls for a 25 foot vegetative buffer along all wetlands. It also requires that all structures, including storage sheds, utility buildings, restrooms and commercial buildings, maintain a setback of at least 35 feet from all wet areas. A berm and swale that meet Land Use Code (LDC) requirements must be maintained between any structure within 50 feet of the wetland.
The PUD also limits the RV pavilion to a maximum of 15,000 square feet and the visitor center to a maximum of 3,600 square feet.
The canoe livery must be limited to a 5,000 square foot structure.
The commission also dictated that, at a minimum, the first phase of the project will include amenities such as the fishing lodge and/or pier, picnic area, swimming pools, and most bicycle and pedestrian paths.
As part of the PUD, an originally proposed golf course is removed.
The PUD also requires Eden to provide sidewalks, walking paths, cart paths, or other pedestrian connections to connect RV sites throughout the park.
The PUD also limits the project to an entrance from State Route 44 and the closed entrance must meet county land use code requirements.
Eden said at the public hearing that the theme of the park was always eco-friendly.
Also as part of county commission business, the commission granted Commissioner Ruthie Schlabach’s request to hold a future commission meeting in the evening to allow for more public comment and see if there is a public interest.
Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen stressed that members of the public had not attended evening meetings in the past, but that new commissioners should be given the opportunity to try out their proposals.
“Let’s try,” Kitchen said.
Commissioner Scott Carnahan warned that the evening meetings were unlikely to succeed.
“It looks like no one is showing up,” Carnahan said. “I just don’t think you’ll have the turnout.”
But the commission agreed to set aside time from 5:30 p.m. for public comment at the Feb. 22 commission meeting.
Also as part of the commission’s business, Commissioner Schlabach recommended that the commission discuss and create a plan to try to stop any continuation of Florida’s turnpike through the land’s “vulnerable communities” ecologically. sensitive county.
But other commissioners asked that the commission wait before the Florida Department of Transportation decides on some proposed routes.
The commission’s chairman, Ron Kitchen, said the commission should now work only on rumors and that there were now proposed avenues to defend against.
“I don’t like jumping in front of something (until I know) what the proposition is,” Kitchen said.
Kitchen offered, and the other commissioners agreed, to wait until the FDOT had completed its public meetings and information-gathering.
“Then we’ll have the data,” Kitchen said.