Developer seeks rezoning for 376 acres in Molino for residential “estates”: NorthEscambia.com
A developer is proposing a large-scale rezoning for 376 acres in Molino for potential residential “estate” development.
The area, currently forested and undeveloped, is spread over five parcels along or near Gibson Road or Crabtree Church Road in Molino. The plots are owned by Thomas Henry of Thomas Homes in Cantonment.
“Current growth in the area suggests that additional area of low-density residential development would be in the general direction of surrounding development,” the application reads. “The infrastructure is in place to support such a development model. Approval of the proposed future land use will expand the residential area and provide the necessary housing to accommodate the projected future population.
The current agricultural zoning on the property is agricultural, which allows for a maximum residential density of one dwelling on every 20 acres. Henry proposes a future land use change for farm residences, which would allow a maximum of one residence per four acres.
The application says site design is underway, but Henry envisions a “sprawling rural residential development consisting of large multi-acre single-family estates”. Application documents indicate that there is sufficient infrastructure in place, including road capacity and utilities, to support residences.
Part of the property is wetlands, which may limit development. The documents indicate that a majority of the property is not “preferred soil” for agriculture, as defined by the USDA.
Prior to any future development, site plan reviews will be required for all proposals to ensure compatibility with the surrounding area.
The Escambia County Planning Board will hold a hearing on zoning and future land use changes on Tuesday, February 1 at the Escambia County Central Office Complex at 3363 West Park Street.
Above in the photo: zoning changes are proposed for the parcels in red. Photo below: Public notice boards. Graphic/photo from NorthEscambia.com. Click to enlarge.