County Planning & Zoning to hear River Cross proposal

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Next Wednesday, July 11, the controversial River Cross development will see its first Planning and Zoning hearing at the county level.

And opponents of the development plan to turn out in full force against it.

The development is being proposed by lobbyist Chris Dorworth, and if passed, will bring more than 1,000 homes and multi-family units to a vacant countryside near Chuluota and the border of Seminole and Orange counties.

The hearing will see the board weighing whether to amend the rural boundary to allow the development to go forward in East Seminole County.

Opponents say the development is excessive and more of the rampant over-development that has plagued the area in recent years.

Katrina Shadix, an activist with Save Rural Seminole and candidate for County Commission, told the Sanford Herald that they’re “hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst” for the hearing.

“Seminole County planning and zoning has a history of siding with developers,” she wrote. “Hence the predicament in which we currently are. I always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. I hope P&Z will deny Dorworth’s request, as this is one step closer to opening the flood gates to urban sprawl within the protected rural boundary.”

But Dorworth says he wants the Seminole County area to prosper, and that his development will allow the county to benefit from the developments near UCF and from people who don’t want to live in the more congested areas just south of the county line.

He was unavailable for comment as of Friday.

He told the Sanford Herald in May that his project would abide by all environmental rules and regulations.

The Planning & Zoning meeting will take place at 6 p.m. July 11 at the County Services Building at 1101 E. 1st Street.

- Larry Griffin, Herald Staff, LGriffin@MySanfordHerald.com

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