Tampa builder planning vacation townhomes at Tierra del Sol on U.S. 27

A Tampa homebuilder who is rebooting the stalled Tierra Del Sol resort near ChampionsGate got a key approval last week to add vacation rental townhomes to the development.

The Polk County Planning Commission approved the request from Bering Homes for Major Modification to the Planned Development to allow 252 short-term rental townhomes on the 21.3-acre parcel that was designated back in the spring as a potential multifamily site. 

The site is part of the larger 159-acre resort project at the corner of U.S. 27 and Bella Citta Boulevard. Located on the Osceola-Polk border, was originally approved in 2008 for 1,821 resort-style condos and townhomes with a huge water park, clubhouse and retail area. 

In July, Bering amended the PD to reduce the permitted density and allow single-family homes in addition to more townhomes, condos and multifamily. 

County Principal Planner Erik Peterson said Bering was looking for flexibility to be able to respond to market conditions. Overall, the entire property could contain as low as 808 total units or as much as 1,578 units, he wrote in his staff report.

The developer added a number of enhancements, such as decorative streetlights, internal sidewalks and community recreation amenities to collect the bonus points needed to achieve the higher density than the 10 units/per acre allowed by Polk County's Land Development Code.

The approval would leave approximately 17 acres within the Town Center portion of the PD. Peterson said the Polk County School District needs a school site in the Four Corners area and has been in discussions with the owner about purchasing the land.

Park Square Homes completed a 326-unit apartment complex and is currently building a new Woodspring Suites just across Bella Citta.

Clearwater-based CG Land Development Company is planning to add another 188 homesites on a 73-acre site just west of U.S. 27. 

And just across the county line, Lennar Homes is adding more than 1,000 residential and short-term rental units at the intersection of Bella Citta and Westside Boulevard. 

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