Small victory for neighbors near proposed Charlotte Harbor apartments development

Reporter: Erika Jackson
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Neighbors like Nancy Plymale say there’s a lot to love about the quiet Charlotte Harbor neighborhood of Tala Lakes.

A nearby 7.5 acres plot of land is currently zoned for five units per acre. That’s up to 37 homes. But a developer wants to fit up to 15 units in just one acre.

James Swallow of Charlotte Harbor says he’s not opposed to the development of the property, “but I just think it is too high density.”

Plymale says it’s “Just like plunking down in the middle of this area – totally different than from what is around it.”

Nearly 80 people have signed a petition asking county commissioners to reject the proposed density change.

Geri Waksler is the attorney representing P.F. Poinciana. She says the lot is less ideal for condos and more ideal for apartments. And Charlotte County says it needs more apartments.

But the question of developing that land still remains as FDOT develops plans to widen Harborview Road.

No decisions made at Tuesday’s county commission meeting whether to approve the ‘ordinance adopting small scale plan amendment’, and neighbors say that the continuance is a small victory, for now.

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