NEWBERRY, Fla. (WCJB) – Newberry City Council has voted to approve the first stage of developing a parcel of agricultural land into a residential area.
One owner aims to develop farmland into 750 homes. People told me there wasn’t enough room.
The land is located on Newberry Road, near the Dudley Farm. It’s near several agricultural businesses, because right now the land looks like this.
“They have about 40 acres of retail which will face Newberry Road. It will be in our urban overlay neighborhood which means it will be a nicer development. It has a higher level of standards, but it will turn farming into residential,” said Newberry Town Mayor Jordan Marlowe.
Jim Fleming, owner and president of Tropic Traditions, Nurseries, said “we don’t really agree with putting homes so close together next to agricultural businesses.”
Instead, Fleming would prefer the land to be developed in such a way as to meet agricultural needs.
“I mean, I’m not anti-growth or anti-development. If they’re going to do some sort of development, I would see it more as a farming community, which they have in some parts of the country,” Fleming said.
A farmer tells me that significant issues with building homes near agricultural businesses are homeowners complaining about the dangers of pesticides, trucks constantly loading and unloading, and noise complaints.
Meanwhile, the mayor believes housing development will be good for the city.
“So it’s hard to see that as anything other than a compliment, when someone wants to come and join your community. I think we’d also like a little more service. We want a few extra amenities and those come with that as well. growth, so I think we’ll be very excited about our future,” said Mayor Marlowe.
Part 1 of the development has been given the green light, part 2 will be discussed between the city council and residents on August 22.
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