Planning commission unanimously OKs three Collier building projects

Collier County Planning Commission Chairman Mark Strain, center, questions developers on their plans. The Collier County Planning Commission met to consider a shopping plaza in Golden Gate Estates, which they agreed unanimously to recommended for approval to the Collier County Commission.

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Collier County Planning Commission Chairman Mark Strain, center, questions developers on their plans. The Collier County Planning Commission met to consider a shopping plaza in Golden Gate Estates, which they agreed unanimously to recommended for approval to the Collier County Commission. Lance Shearer/Citizen Correspondent

The Collier County Planning Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend county commissioners approve a trio of building projects.

The seven-member planning commission agreed to a revision to the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the Quail II housing development on Valewood Drive that will allow for 87 single-family homes. The previous PUD allowed for 152 multiple-family units on the 22-acre tract of land.

A large contingent of homeowners from the adjoining Longshore Lakes housing development showed up at Thursday’s meeting to voice opposition to the revision.

“We don’t want construction trucks on Valewood Drive,” said Janet Vassey, speaking on behalf of the Longshore Lakes homeowners association. “The traffic is a safety issue.”

Vassey also proposed that the developer, Toll Brothers, replace a deteriorating wall belonging to Longshore Lakes, which was mistakenly built on Toll Brothers property.

Richard Yovanovich, attorney for Toll Brothers, said that wasn’t going to happen.

“My client is not responsible for their wall,” he said. “And we’re not even going to make them move their wall off our property, even though we have every right to do so.”

The planning commission recommended approval of an additional home for the Naples Bath and Tennis Club, west of Airport-Pulling Road and south of the Pine Ridge intersection, bringing the development’s total to 517 single-family units.

If approved by county commissioners, the home would be built by Emilio Sanchez, who runs the tennis academy, on a parcel of land previously zone for only recreational use.

Planning commission Chairman Mark Strain said the PUD in question is one of the oldest in the county, dating back to at least 1981.

The planning commission also recommended that county commissioners approve the rezoning of Temple Citrus Grove at 6500 Airport-Pulling Road from agricultural to residential. Planning commissioners Stan Chryzanowski and Brian Doyle were not present for the 5-0 vote.

The developer, GL Homes, would like to build 512 residential units on the land.

Strain said the units would be a mix of single-family homes and two-family duplex units.

The development, which would be called Temple Citrus, would feature a manned gatehouse at the main entrance on Livingston Road and a secondary entrance on Airport-Pulling Road.

“I’ve dealt with GL Homes before and they’ve always been a good neighbor wherever they go,” Planning commissioner Diane Ebert said. “If every developer in Collier County (were like them), we’d never have a problem.”

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ruckeroo#3986 writes:

"“We don’t want construction trucks on Valewood Drive,” said Janet Vassey."

Vassey, or Vasey? Same person, or two?

swamp999 writes:

Rip those dam Orange trees out of the ground, everyone hates that sweet smell they give off when the trees are blossoming. Put up some beautiful cracker box houses that sell for 20x their worth just because this is Naples and every body with money wants to live here. Put in more traffic lights on Airport so traffic can stand still even longer than it does now. As for any animals that life in the grove, let's make sure they get run over on Airport as this sweet, wonderful, beautiful, accomondating, and enviromentally friendly builder certainly will leave perhaps a tree for them to live in. OH, probably not! Stick in a few palms and that will shut up the animal lovers. As for the orange juice that was grown and bottled here, everyone can always get juice from Chile. The people who worked at Temple, they can go on food stamps.
Yes, the planning commission is once again rubber stamping any developer who wants to build in Naples, they just love the tax revenue. If anyone gives a dam about this loss of land that can never be replaced, vote these so called planning commissioners out of office! As for this beautiful orange grove, it's history!

MasonDixon writes:

in response to swamp999:

Rip those dam Orange trees out of the ground, everyone hates that sweet smell they give off when the trees are blossoming. Put up some beautiful cracker box houses that sell for 20x their worth just because this is Naples and every body with money wants to live here. Put in more traffic lights on Airport so traffic can stand still even longer than it does now. As for any animals that life in the grove, let's make sure they get run over on Airport as this sweet, wonderful, beautiful, accomondating, and enviromentally friendly builder certainly will leave perhaps a tree for them to live in. OH, probably not! Stick in a few palms and that will shut up the animal lovers. As for the orange juice that was grown and bottled here, everyone can always get juice from Chile. The people who worked at Temple, they can go on food stamps.
Yes, the planning commission is once again rubber stamping any developer who wants to build in Naples, they just love the tax revenue. If anyone gives a dam about this loss of land that can never be replaced, vote these so called planning commissioners out of office! As for this beautiful orange grove, it's history!

I'll do the legwork for you, all you need to do is pony up the cash.
Let it all remain undeveloped.

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Heraclitus writes:

in response to swamp999:

Rip those dam Orange trees out of the ground, everyone hates that sweet smell they give off when the trees are blossoming. Put up some beautiful cracker box houses that sell for 20x their worth just because this is Naples and every body with money wants to live here. Put in more traffic lights on Airport so traffic can stand still even longer than it does now. As for any animals that life in the grove, let's make sure they get run over on Airport as this sweet, wonderful, beautiful, accomondating, and enviromentally friendly builder certainly will leave perhaps a tree for them to live in. OH, probably not! Stick in a few palms and that will shut up the animal lovers. As for the orange juice that was grown and bottled here, everyone can always get juice from Chile. The people who worked at Temple, they can go on food stamps.
Yes, the planning commission is once again rubber stamping any developer who wants to build in Naples, they just love the tax revenue. If anyone gives a dam about this loss of land that can never be replaced, vote these so called planning commissioners out of office! As for this beautiful orange grove, it's history!

Can you say "monoculture"?

thelistener writes:

just a point of order....the County Commissioners haven't voted yet?

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