Planning commissioners give nod to car dealership east of Brooksville

Maus Nissan hopes to build Hernando County’s first Nissan dealership on Wiscon Road.
Hernando County Government Center
Hernando County Government Center
Published November 13

BROOKSVILLE — A new car dealership could be popping up on the western end of Wiscon Road.

Maus Nissan got a unanimous recommendation this week from the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission to build a 60,000-square-foot dealership on 13.6 acres south of Cortez Boulevard and east of the Suncoast Parkway. County commissioners will make the final determination in the coming weeks.

The dealership would be the county’s first Nissan dealer. It would include a body shop on the northern end of the parcel and allow for outdoor storage, primarily for vehicles.

According to paperwork submitted with the application, "the proximity to Cortez Boulevard and the Suncoast Parkway makes this an ideal location for the proposed use. Other automotive dealerships are located nearby, with one immediately adjacent on the west.''

Property east of the site is zoned for office and professional use.

Cheri Swan lives immediately south of the proposed dealership, abutting a planned drainage area. She was not eager to see another auto dealership. She demonstrated boisterously for Planning Commission members the loudspeaker calls to employees that she hears now from the adjacent Rick Matthews Buick GMC dealership.

Swan said she knew of numerous accidents in that area, where Wiscon and Cortez meet, but her primary concerns were noise “all day long” and lights.

Don Lacey of Coastal Engineering, representing the applicant, said that lights would not be a problem where she lives, because of the adjacent retention pond.

Planning Commission member Lynn Gruber-White asked why the zoning sought for the Nissan dealership — highway commercial — is more intense than the commercial zoning of the dealership next door.

The Rick Matthews dealership was approved years ago, before the county established more modern zoning categories for intense land uses, such as body shops, explained county planner Omar DePablo.

If the County Commission approves the rezoning, it is unclear when construction may begin. Maus has other Nissan dealerships in Pasco and Citrus counties.