Plantation on Crystal River aerial

This nine-hole golf course at The Plantation on Crystal River could become an upscale RV park if development particulars can be worked out. The entrance to the proposed park would be off Fort Island Trail, shown on the right.

Crystal River City Council’s second and final set of public hearings on development applications for a 325-lot RV resort between a neighborhood and golf course will have to wait.

A legal representative for the Plantation Outpost Club and Resort asked city officials in a Sept. 17 letter to move the discussion and vote to council’s meeting on Nov. 8.

Crystal River’s land development code allows for such a request to be automatically approved just once if the city manager receives it in writing at least seven days before the original public hearing, which, for the Plantation Outpost, was slated for Sept. 27.

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Developers also have to reimburse the city for costs of advertising to give proper notice for the rescheduling.

“We do not anticipate the need for further continuances…” wrote Kami Corbett, attorney with the Hill Ward Henderson law firm out of Tampa.

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While the public hearings will still be listed on council’s Sept. 27 agenda, no action will be taken.

Owners of the Plantation on Crystal River have been asking council to OK a planned-unit development plan and rezoning to create the framework for its 68-acre RV and trailer-home resort in between West Fort Island Trail and West Plantation Lane.

Council members weren’t impressed with an initial pitch for the development during the first public hearing Aug. 9. 

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City officials, along with the Citrus County residents living around the proposed resort, expressed worries over the resort’s poor evacuation plan for its mobile tenants, its environmental impact to the neighboring King’s Bay, and it’s influences on traffic congestion and flooding events.

In her letter, Corbett said the continuance is needed so more information can be gathered to help address concerns with the development’s stormwater management, impacts to water resources, “along with other issues discussed” during the first public hearing.

If approved by council and other regulatory agencies, the Plantation Outpost would be built in six phases over 10 years.

For information on Crystal River council meetings, visit crystalriverfl.org/meetings.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916,  bthompson@chronicleonline.com or visit tinyurl.com/yxn2ahso to see more of his stories.