Groveland is set, once again, to vote on annexing a 2,467-acre assemblage planned for mixed-use development as Villa City, a land mass that has the potential to double the city's size.
The city voted on it last fall, but then the town was roiled by the revelation that its mayor was a convicted felon in another state, which makes him ineligible to hold office in Florida. The ensuing turmoil caused the land owners behind Villa City to pull back from their applications for rezoning and annexation into the city limits, because they were worried about the legitimacy of the sitting council, said City Council member Mike Radsik told GrowthSpotter.
"They were worried that the vote might be challenged," he said.
However, now that the mayor was put out of office, and the city has four legitimate Council members on the board and all voted unanimously on the plans last fall, the owners of various LLCs controlling the land under the root name Floribra-Villa City decided to continue with their requests.
The city has since begun scheduling three public hearings. Two are scheduled for Feb. 22, according to public notices, one that would annex the land into the city and the other for a vote on the same day to change the land designation on Groveland's comprehensive plan to a Master Planned community.
The third notice is to rezone the land to a Planned Unit Development and approving a development agreement for the property, but the date of the hearing was listed as Nov. 7, 2016. It was not clear whether that was dated wrong, and the City Clerk did not return calls to clarify on Monday.
Radsik said the Feb. 22 vote is for "Second and final reading of annexation, comprehensive plan and FLU designation of the property and zoning."