Polk County Developments

City approves rezoning for 457-home subdivision on Davenport Blvd.

The City of Davenport is rezoning 119.5 acres of citrus groves right on U.S. 17-92 for a new 457-lot subdivision.

The acreage consists of 11 parcels on the south side of Davenport Boulevard and west of the CSX train tracks. City Planner Raymond Perez told GrowthSpotter the boulevard between U.S. 27 and U.S. 17-92 is rapidly transforming from an agricultural area to a residential corridor with approvals now for more than 1,000 single family homes and a mixed-use townhouse development, called Champion Center.


The newest subdivision by developer Cassidy Organization is the largest project in the boulevard.

"Alongside it, there's some development on Davenport Boulevard that has already gone vertical," Perez said. "With this, there's a chance the whole area is changing."


Developer Rennie Heath tried to reassure neighbors who attended the Oct. 15 meeting the project wouldn't create a logjam on U.S. 17-92. He said the developer would have to pay for necessary road improvements to get permits for the project.

"With the amount of homes we're going to put on this site, we're going to have to do a major traffic study," Heath said.

The final vote on the rezoning is scheduled for Nov. 5, and it would actually be the second time City Council has approved the site for residential development. The owners initially had the land rezoned from agricultural to Residential-3, but the developers couldn't meet the 60x100-foot lot dimensions required under the zoning code.

The PUD still requires a minimum 6,000-square-foot lot size, but gives the developer flexibility to reduce the width to 55 feet and increase the depth to 110 feet. The developer must offer a variety of floorplans ranging from 1,250-2,000 square feet; and each house must have an attached garage.

A Pulte brand, Centex, is now actively developing Citrus Isle, a 204-lot subdivision on Davenport Boulevard. And just just north of Ridge Community High School, D.R. Horton and Dream Finders Homes are in pre-sales for Orchid Grove, which will have 369 homes at completion.

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