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D.H. Horton: Plans for old golf course site submitted

By Staff | Nov 10, 2016

Following through on its intentions for the former Golf Club of Cape Coral property on Palm Tree Boulevard, D.R. Horton has formulated its plan and submitted a formal application with the city and is waiting for the hearings to be scheduled.

City staff confirmed the application for a land use amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and a planned development project being called The Palms was submitted to the Planning Division by D.R. Horton’s consultants.

“D.R. Horton is excited to move forward with the Palms of Cape Coral community land use change application and continue expanding our presence as the largest builder in the City of Cape Coral,” Horton Southwest Florida Division President Jon Pentecost said in a prepared statement. “We have worked very carefully and patiently with the surrounding community to create a neighborhood that blends well into its surroundings with new homes priced affordably for people who live and work in Cape Coral and want to enjoy its great lifestyle close to the central business district along Cape Coral Parkway.”

City staff will meet next week to come up with a timeline of target dates to begin public hearings before the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Hearing Examiner and City Council, which has the final decision on the matter.

The golf course property currently is zoned for single family residence with the future land use designation of parks/golf course. The land use is the obstacle blocking development.

As recently as September, a Horton spokesperson confirmed that plans had been scaled back to about 500 single family homes, reduced from its original plan of 600 homes.

“Based on strong feedback, we have eliminated the apartment, multi-story condo and commercial components from the alternative use analysis,” said Pentecost. “We have also increased our open space, provided for generous buffers, will be planting exponentially more trees than we are removing, improving water quality on site and are proposing a very green, livable community that will be a win for the surrounding area and a win for the City of Cape Coral.”

Horton’s purchase contract with Ryan Companies U.S. contains an “out” clause if the city rejects Horton’s permit and change requests

Abutting property owners have been expecting a filing of some sort.

“I’ve been expecting them to file something, but we are just sitting back and waiting,” said Barth Wolfe, president of the Save Our Recreation group of residents opposed to turning the vacant golf course into a residential development. “I have not heard anything about their plans and there hasn’t been an meetings with us since the summer.”

While homeowners adjoining the course want to see it stay a course or open green space, they have complained about the lack of maintenance and wild overgrowth of vegetation on the property that has attracted a variety of wildlife.

Horton recently purchased the Villages of Entrada community in Northeast Cape and is actively selling homes in Sunset Pointe at the end of Cape Coral Parkway. The company remains active with spot lot housing sales from its Express Homes sales office on Chiquita Boulevard.