The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved two preliminary development plans on Tuesday for subdivisions in the Jonesville area.
The first, Tara Larga, would build 101 units on SW 8th Avenue near the intersection with Parker Road after final approval.
The 28-acre parcel borders a sinkhole under co-ownership with the adjacent landowners. As part of the BOCC motion, the commissioners asked for a fence to block the sinkhole at the request of the other landowners.
The other 44-acre subdivision would add 111 detached and 66 attached units near NW 143rd Street, north of the Jonesville Publix. The density maxes the allowed units for the zoning, one to four units per acre.
This subdivision, Alachua Verde, fills an empty space surrounded by housing. Road connections will extend to the west through Strawberry Fields and south to Tara Green. Once the Jonesville Business Park is built, the subdivision would connect there as well.
Homeowners at Saddlebrook Farms, just north of the proposed development, brought up flooding concerns, relating personal stories of impacts. Water from other properties runs into the lower-lying Saddlebrook Farms neighborhood.
The Alachua Verde subdivision is designed to code, retaining enough water. But neighbors said the houses will affect the regional flow.
The BOCC asked the developer to work with the neighborhood and easement access to eliminate a roadway that would border the neighborhood. Eliminating the road would help with water retention and reduce car lights hitting homes.
The motion included screening where car lights would impact Saddlebrook Farms.
Along these two, Alachua County has approved plans for other development projects nearby. The BOCC and Gainesville City Commission also heard an update Monday on a future 75-acre park located close.
BOCC Commissioner Mary Alford said at the Monday meeting that the new park would be needed in an area with a lack of recreational spaces. This problem led the BOCC to also reject a proposal to build a subdivision at the former West End Golf Course property.
Also on Tuesday night, the Gainesville Development Review Board approved a master plan concept for a 600-unit multifamily project off SW 8th Avenue east of the Maa & Paa Grocery Store.