New changes for future residential property
On Monday, the Plant City City Commission approved a proposal to construct a 96-townhome subdivision in Walden Lake .
It allows for the northeast and southeast corner at the intersection of Turkey Creek Road and Griffin Boulevard to have a wider right-of-way.
Also, there will be a straight dead-end roadway on the southeast portion of the soon-to-be residential area in Walden Lake. This region is a part of the property that spans 14 acres of land.
The right-of-way refers to the distance across the width of a road that encompasses sidewalks, power lines and light posts.
The right-of-way is typically 50 feet wide, but the City Commission allowed it to be slimmed down to 33 feet, per request.
Being that the roadway is located within a residential area, it is considered a private road.
As for the dead-end corridor, the developer proposed a roadway that extends 80 feet on the property
Plant City’s engineering department and solid waste department ultimately gave the plan its blessing as well.
The Plant City Planning Board initially voted 5-0 to accept the proposal, sending it off to the City Commission.
While it is seen as beneficial to Walden Lake by the majority, Commissioner William Dodson objects to the plan.
He believes that the 33-foot roadway would be too slim. It will create a safety hazard if cars were to park on the side of the road, blocking fire trucks and ambulances.
Although he voted against it, the proposal still passed at 4-1.