Protect the Woodlands


Seminole County Board of Adjustment

Seminole County Planning Division

1101 East First Street, Room 2201

Sanford, Florida

We, the citizens of The Woodlands, petition the Seminole County Board of Adjustments to deny the applicant (Rob Smith, e2 Homes, Inc.), a Special Exception for the two Community Residential Homes located at 112 Sweetbriar Branch and at 113 Cedar Oak Trail. Both properties being within The Woodlands subdivision and zoned as R-1AA (single family dwelling).

The Woodlands neighborhood, and the citizens of this community, would like to ensure it stays a non-commercial, safe and quiet community, without bearing the burden of increased noise, pedestrian, vehicular traffic, and any other condition which would constitute a commercial use of residential property. The existence of the R-1AA properties is in violation of the following Woodlands Deed Restrictions:

· Paragraph 1. No lot shall be used except for residential purposes. No building shall be erected, altered, placed or permitted to remain on any lot other than a detached single family dwelling.

· Paragraph 4. The Architectural Control Committee, composed of members of the Board of Directors of the Woodlands Civic Association, has not been served with papers requesting changes to be made in the Woodlands Civic Association covenant, nor been informed of previous changes to the homes listed in this petition.

· Paragraph 8. Per the Woodland's Deed Restriction: No noxious or offensive activity shall be carried on upon any lot, nor shall anything be done thereon which may be or may become a nuisance to the neighborhood.

No home occupation should be permitted that might interfere with the general welfare of the surrounding area due to potential noise, increased pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or any other condition which would constitute an objectionable, incompatible use of residential property.

Neighbors have been impacted by increased traffic, parking, multiple and prolonged school bus activity, emergency vehicles create a nuisance to the neighborhood. There is a concern among the rest of the homeowners in the community that these group homes and the associated activity around them adversely affects their property values and the peaceful enjoyment of their homes. When they purchased their homes they believed that the terms of the Deed Restrictions would protect their investment from commercial activities and until now they have not had the opportunity to challenge the use of these properties.

The previous owner, Claudette Briggle, who sold the property on Sweetbriar was at the time in the Real Estate business. She should have been well aware of the Deed Restrictions and covenants of The Woodlands subdivision. We were surprised to find that despite this knowledge, she sold the home, knowing that it was to be used as a group home and for-profit business, not the single family home intended by the Deed Restrictions and covenants of The Woodlands.

We, the undersigned, citizens of The Woodlands have accepted the situation as it exists but we must strongly urge that the R-1AA Special Exemption be denied. The expansion of the two businesses operating out of the 112 Sweetbriar Branch and 113 Cedar Oak Trail should be denied this exception in keeping with regulations, covenants and Deed Restrictions of our community.


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