BROOKSVILLE — County commissioners have accepted a site plan bringing a 225-home development to Spring Hill.

During a March 9 regular meeting of the Hernando County Board, Lennar Homes LLC presented a master plan petition requesting a rezoning of a tract in Spring Hill from R1C (residential) and AG (agricultural) to a PDP-SF (Planned Development Project-Single Family), with deviations. Preston Hollow would be directly east and Wellington directly north of this development.

Clearview Land Design would be the engineer responsible for the development.

Commissioners voted 4-0 to accept the site plan after much discussion in regard to an access point to Preston Hollow. Commissioner Wayne Dukes was not present at the meeting.

The site plan features a 225-lot single-family detached subdivision with two lot sizes, 40-feet and 50-feet wide. The subdivision will have three access points, with the main being off of County Line Boulevard, an emergency access point through Forest Crest Court in Preston Hollow to the east and a future project to the west.

The area will include some ponds in the northwest, a main amenity in the north central, and parks in the southeast. Additionally, an eight-foot fence to the north and east will provide privacy between the two neighboring developments.

Several Preston Hollow residents were present during the meeting to object to a public access point between the two neighborhoods. Chairman John Allocco said his main concern was that should an emergency occur, the residents of the Lennar Homes development would be limited to leaving through County Line Boulevard, in case the project to the west did not pan out. Instead, the commissioners agreed to a gated emergency access point between the two neighborhoods.

“I think that satisfies Preston Hollow, and my understanding, if it’s a public road it should have public access,” Commissioner Steve Champion said. “If they’re going to maintain it, it’s a private road and it only needs emergency access, and it saves the taxpayers money. The taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for these roads if they’re not going to have access to it.”