Cassidy seeks annexation, site plan approval for Davenport subdivision
By J. Kyle Foster
Aug 14, 2020 at 3:26 PM
Cassidy Homes’ Bella Vita development will be annexed by the City of Davenport following subdivision plan approvals by Polk County that allow for smaller lot sizes and rental properties.
The two-phase 567 single-family-home subdivision located east of U.S. Highway 17-92 along North Boulevard is made up of nine parcels, some of which are already in the incorporated part of Davenport.
“It will be annexed to the city and we won’t even inspect it,” Polk County Land Development Director Erik Peterson told GrowthSpotter.
Polk County’s Development Review Committee approved Tampa-based Absolute Engineering Inc.‘s plans for 244 lots in Phase 1 and 228 lots in Phase 2. The subdivision allows for single -family lots minimum 40 feet wide and also short-term rentals. The project and ownership are under JMBI Real Estate, an affiliate holding company for Winter haven-based Cassidy.
Phase 2 of Solterra Resort is north of Bella Vita across Bowen Road and is approved for short-term rentals. This area of U.S. 17-92 was originally planned to have much higher density. However, it was discovered that neither the infrastructure in the area nor the environment within and surrounding the project had the carrying capacity for higher density, according to the staff report. “This new plan enables a slower, less capital-intensive plan to progress residential growth in the area. The new plan will still promote compact and walkable growth while allowing more room to accommodate better wetland buffers and more comprehensive floodplain.”
Initial plans for Bella Vita would have included townhomes on the 119 acres. The acreage increased to 125 and eliminated the townhomes over the course of planning. Original plans also would have extended Power Line Road to go through the middle of the subdivision. That has been changed to extend to the south of the subdivision between Cypress Parkway and U.S. 17-92, Peterson said.
The site plan calls for approximately 31,700 sq. ft. of public recreation area and 132,062 sq. ft. of additional open space, according to the staff report to the Polk County planning board.
The development will have access to enter and exit through the northern entrance on U.S. 17-92 and then eventually one on North Boulevard, which Polk County wants Davenport to take over maintenance of, Peterson said.
Cassidy is one of East Polk County’s most prolific land developers. Last year Cassidy sought entitlements for a 375-acre assemblage on U.S. 17-92 in Polk County for up to 1,875 homes. In 2018, the developer won approval from the city for a 457-lot subdivision on U.S. 17-92 at Davenport Boulevard.