River Cross first plan

Closer look at the Sentinel Article on Mr. Doworth’s new lawsuit to develop in the rural area

Chris Dorworth

Chris Dorworth

Reading the article in the Sentinel got my blood boiling …. again. According to the article, Mr. Dorworth has spent almost a million dollars in his efforts to get the River Cross land (High Oaks Ranch) approved. His multiple attempts to change the zoning on this property have all been turned down by the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) yet he continues to push to have it his way.

According to the article, he opened another lawsuit against the county saying “the voter-approved charter amendment establishing the rural boundary should be tossed out because it is “vague” and “arbitrary.””

According to the article, “The county can arbitrarily and capriciously contrive whatever process it wants for considering requests.”  That’s a fancy way of saying the board makes the decision on land use.  I thought that was their job as that is the largest part of what their meetings are all about.  That’s why there’s a Planning and Zoning committee (P&Z) that vets zoning requests before they get to the BCC and that’s why some are approved and others not.  Someone has to make the decision and that falls to the county commissioners. When Mr. Dorworth purchased his option contract for the River Cross land, he knew the density was limited by the rural boundary and gambled he could get it approved.  

But now again, he wants to circumvent the ruling body and force them to do his bidding and has even gone so far (according to the article) to say, “I think what they’ve done to me is malicious and capricious…. And I think that sooner or later, the rural boundary is going to be tossed out.”

No, Mr. Dorworth, all this seems to me to be self-inflicted and saying the rural boundary should be tossed out is an indicator of what you might think of the residents of Seminole County and gives us all a glimpse of your ultimate goal which seems to be to break and develop the rural area.

Seminole County Rural Boundary Map
Seminole County Rural Boundary Map
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