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WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, HEREBY PETITION the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners to DENY the Crestwood Estates Large Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment and PD Rezone request, item Z2019-08, for the following reasons:
- This parcel is currently zoned A-1, suburban estates, which is designated as a minimum of one home per buildable acre, and in keeping with this long time and predominant usage for development in the Markham Woods corridor, this current zoning must be retained in order to maintain the rural aesthetic nature of the area.
- The Markham Woods corridor is already overwhelmed with traffic during morning and afternoon hours, especially areas such as this, in close proximity to schools. It is imperative that we minimize any increase to traffic in this area by maintaining the A-1 zoning.
- Most of us purchased homes in the Markham Woods corridor specifically because of the minimum of one home per buildable acre restrictions. We should not have to fight or contend with restriction changes decades into home ownership. We deserve to have the original rules and restrictions upheld.
- Although the Markham Woods corridor is for the most part already developed, there are still several areas that still remain in an undeveloped state. We need to protect these yet to be developed areas and maintain the A-1 zoning designation for the future.
- The natural setting of the Markham Woods corridor is conducive to the livelihood of many forms of wildlife. Keeping the housing density low helps to maintain that character and gives the wildlife a more secure setting in which to live. High density development takes away not only the character of our neighborhoods, it takes away the open space and natural setting of the area’s wildlife. Every square foot of open land is precious.
- The homeowners on Michigan Street (and everywhere else in the Markham Woods corridor) should not have to be subjected to more traffic, noise, congestion, and reduced property values than what would be expected from an A-1 zoned area. We need to adhere to the precedent currently set for that location, one home per buildable acre.
- The high density rezoning that exists on adjoining properties the Michigan Street tract should have no bearing on the decision to rezone this tract of land.
- Changing the 5 acre parcel where the current owner lives to PD zoning would leave it wide open to be parsed out at a later date, allowing more high density housing on that street as it appears that the proposed deed restriction preventing further parsing of that property could be overridden by approval of the future homeowners of Crestwood.
- The rezoning of this property serves solely to enable the current owner to sell the land and the developer to make more money by allowing more homes to be built. Conversely, this rezoning will negatively affect the other 1,000 plus homes along the Markham Woods corridor for the reasons stated above.