Monday, April 20, 2015

Pat Neal Venice project encounters opposition - 2000 signatures

Opposition grows to Pat Neal's rural Venice project

A Neal Communities development of 263 homes, The Woods of Venice, is proposed for a 151-acre annexed site at Jackson and Borders Roads. (1.30.2014)(Staff Photo by Elaine Litherland)
Published: Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.
VENICE - Environmentalists, animal activists and nearby residents are vehemently opposed to another Pat Neal development in North Venice.



The Venice Planning Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave. W., Venice. See meeting details at
They plan to make their case Tuesday afternoon when the Planning Commission considers Neal Communities' The Woods at Venice, a 263-home development on 151 acres off North Jackson Road between Laurel and Border roads.
Opponents collected 2,000 signatures opposed to the Neal project near the Myakka River. They cited the prevalence of wildlife, recurring flooding and the inability of roads to handle more traffic as reasons why the density should remain at 31 houses instead of 263.
The Wildlife Center of Venice, Friends of Pinebrook, Venice Area Audubon Society and Venice Area Citizens for Responsible Development are among those opposing the developer's plan. 

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