September 24, 2023

An official has warned that the issue of patio villas with stone landscaping is “not going away.”

Neighborhood Growth District 2 Supervisors Tom Swiers at Friday’s board assembly mirrored on the June 23 sequence of public hearings wherein residents of the La Cresenta Villas had been ordered to take away their rock landscaping and exchange it with sod.

“We did the correct factor,” Swiers stated.

Nonetheless, he lamented the stone landscaping downside which extends past the borders of CDD 2.

“This downside shouldn’t be going away. We’ve got lots of patio villas which are non-compliant. We’ve got lots of these in The Villages,” Swiers stated.

He stated that whereas the CDD 2 board needed to attain the choice it reached, he’s nonetheless troubled with the Southwest Florida Water Administration District allow that requires the 65-35 break up that sweeps patio villas into the must-have-sod class.

“I’m uncomfortable with the details I’m taking a look at. They don’t make any sense,” Swiers stated.

He stated that in his years on the Architectural Evaluate Committee, its members accepted swimming pools and patios that by no means known as for the consideration of the mysterious 65-35 pervious-to-impervious formulation.

District employees had been charged with the duty of acquiring the plans that the Developer initially submitted to SWFMD that necessitates the 65-35 break up. Nonetheless, it was reported Friday that the Developer doesn’t have copies of the plans that had been submitted to SWFMD.

Whereas snug with the June 23 resolution, Swiers stated he fears that officers try to cover from the fact of a major problem with rock at patio villas all through The Villages.

“We nonetheless have a difficulty of non-compliant patio villas,” Swiers stated. “Ought to we play ostrich and ignore it?”

Fellow Supervisor Jim Conti objected to the ostrich comparability.

“I completely disagree. I don’t suppose we’re trying away from it in any respect,” Conti stated.

He identified that Neighborhood Growth District 3 Board of Supervisors beforehand researched the patio villa sod vs. stone concern and determined to not pursue it as a result of potential prices and authorized ramifications. Conti stated it doesn’t seem any extra analysis would lead to a distinct conclusion than was already reached by CDD 3 supervisors. Conti stated he didn’t need to spend residents’ cash on a fruitless effort.