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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2020 1 week ago

Flagler County subdivision near rural Ormond Beach tabled

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

A 25-home subdivision is in the works north of State Road 40 in Flagler County, but access into and out of the development will be through a residential road in rural unincorporated Ormond Beach. 

The Flagler County Commission tabled a request to approve a preliminary plat for Relay Ridge west of Rodeo Road at its Sept. 9 meeting to get additional information. Six days later at the Volusia County Council meeting, District 4 Representative Heather Post brought the issue up to the council. She said that, while every legal procedure was followed to hold the public hearing, there had been a lack of communication between the Flagler County staff and Volusia County staff. 

“I think this really speaks to our discussions on smart growth and smart development,” Post said. 

In Post’s letter to the Flagler commission, she stated her constituents were concerned about the development’s impact, including increased traffic and “the loss of the area’s rural character.”

At the County Council meeting, she said that while Flagler County determined no information was needed from Volusia staff, seeing as the development will lie next to the county line, joint discussions should have been had. 

County Manager George Recktenwald said Volusia has meeting set up with Flagler to open lines of communication between the two counties. 

“While state statute only requires coordination in the larger scale comp plan changes, I’m sure you can see the value and need for a level of understanding and agreement regarding situations such as these that can only become more frequent as our counties’ populations grow,” Post wrote in her letter. “This would provide the framework for our citizens to be involved with the decisions that guide our collective growth.”

Neighborhood meeting set

A neighborhood meeting to discuss the upcoming Ormond Memorial Art Museum expansion will be held at the museum at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30. 

OMAM, located at 78 E. Granada Blvd., is planning to construct a three-story building spanning 13,803 square feet in place of its current building. 

The gardens will not be impacted, and the museum hopes to break ground in October. 

Citizens may attend the meeting in person or watch it via Zoom. If choosing the latter option, contact Museum Director Susan Richmond at [email protected] or call 676-3347.

Planning for resiliency

Ormond Beach city staff are working to amend the coastal elements of the comprehensive plan to create a resiliency action plan, and to do so, are applying for a $45,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, according to the weekly city staff report. 

CDBG grant process delayed

Due to COVID-19, the city doesn’t anticipate receiving subrecipient agreements for Community Development Block Grants until January 2021; they are usually released in October. 

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