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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Mar. 22, 2021 6 months ago

Letter: City was right in denying land use change

Reader says the development of the parcel would have negatively impacted the nearby residential properties.
by: Guest Writer

Thank you for listening

Dear Editor:

At the March 16 City Commission meeting, a land use amendment was denied for a change from "Open Space/Conservation" to "Medium Density Residential" for what would be townhome units built on the property at 1190 W. Granada Blvd. Commissioner Kent made a great point that the owner, as well as the nearby residents, made their property purchases knowing the land use permitted on the property. It makes a lot of sense to deny such a change that would negatively impact residential properties close to the conservation area.

I bought my home knowing the neighboring properties are and will remain residential. If my neighbors want to make money off of their properties, that is certainly understandable. Short term rental or a work-from-home small business are low impact options hardly noticeable and I would encourage any neighbor to explore similar opportunities which made sense. I know the owner of the 1190 W. Granada property wants to make money off their property. However, the change to 18 townhomes in a current conservation area would be noticeable to all nearby.

Perhaps the property can be sold to someone that wants to own a little piece of conservation land in Ormond Beach. Another solution could be to see if the recently renewed Volusia Forever board would think it a good purchase.

Thanks again to the Ormond Beach City Commission for listening to and putting the residents first.

Joe Hannoush

Ormond Beach

Letters up to 400 words can be submitted for publication by emailing [email protected]. Editor may edit for clarity and length. 

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