The Alachua County Commission on Tuesday evening gave final approval to two preliminary development plans near Archer Road and Southwest 75th Street.
After more than three hours of discussion, commissioners approved plans for the Tara Vista Subdivision, which call for up to 223 lots on approximately 26 acres directly east of Kimball Wiles Elementary School. The property borders the Green Leaf Subdivision to the north and Arredondo Estates to the south.
Much of the debate has centered on the size of the buffer zone on the north side of the development and its impact on Green Leaf residents whose homes back up to the property line.
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Although no buffer zone is required by code, residents of Green Leaf were concerned about the loss of tree canopy and a planned driveway along part of the north side of the development for larger vehicles. large such as garbage trucks and fire trucks.
In the end, the commissioners unanimously approved a 15-foot low-density buffer zone along the entire length of the northern boundary of the development.
Clay Sweger, planning director for EDA Consultants, the project’s engineering firm, said the extra buffer would likely result in a loss of eight to 10 units in the development.
Commissioners also expressed concerns about stormwater ponds, the movement of gopher turtles, and the lack of a buffer between the development and the elementary school.
The proposed neighborhood would have entry and exit points on Southwest 69th Terrace and Southwest 69th Street. These connection points would allow Tara Vista residents to enter and exit Tower Road, State Road 24, or Southwest 41st Place, which runs along the south side of Veterans Memorial Park.
The subdivision will be broken down into 10 blocks and an amenity area, according to the development plan. Approximately 10 of the 26 acres are designated as open space/common space, with just under 6 acres marked for storm water runoff.
The development is expected to generate approximately 1,500 daily trips.
EDA Consultants has worked on projects such as Haile Plantation, San Felasco Tech City, and several local malls and hotels, among many other developments.
Archer Road Townhouses
Just southwest of the Tara Vista project, commissioners quickly approved the Archer Road Townhomes development.
Plans for Archer Road Townhomes call for a development of 58 single family units/townhouses on approximately 8.04 acres. The proposed development sits between the community of Chestnut Village to the west and the Mayfair Gainesville apartment complex to the east.
Plans for the project, also by EDA Consultants, show six buildings with between seven and 12 units per building.
EDA Consultants is also working on two other projects along Archer Road.
The Veve at Archer Road
Currently under construction is the Veve at Archer Road. The development, directly south of the intersection of Archer Road and Southwest 91st Street, will be a traditional mixed-use neighborhood and will include 22,000 square feet of non-residential space.
Plans show 172 residential units plus a sprawling clubhouse and amenities on the 26-acre property.
Development of the traditional district of Mivo
To the east of this project is the development of the traditional district of Mivo, which is currently under study. The land for the project is on the long-closed Gainesville Golf Practice Center at the corner of Archer Road and southwest 63rd Boulevard.
Plans for the Mivo project consist of 295 units and 25,000 square feet of non-residential space on approximately 20.66 acres.