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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 3 months ago

Marshside Village takes Ormond Beach to court over 2018 development denial

Also in City Watch: MacDonald House to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Back in Oct. 16, 2018, the Ormond Beach City Commission unanimously denied a development order for Marshside Village, a 144-lot subdivision on the corner of Airport Road and Tymber Creek Road. Now, the decision is in the Circuit Court’s hands.

The developer, Edward Speno, filed a request for the court to repeal the commission’s vote on Nov. 15, 2018, based on the fact city staff supported the application in a report dated Sept. 6, 2018; traffic studies done by the city and county showed no negative impact on either Airport Road or Tymber Creek; the development would have increased wetland preservation areas and reduced density; and that denying the development due to a “well-intentioned” agreement with CANDO 2 was “purely political,” according to court documents. 

Marshside Village was previously denied by the commission in 2016 due to oversized lots. 

In response, the city argues that the commission had substantial evidence to deny the development, based on residents’ traffic concerns; existing flooding issues; failure to meet minimum lot size and boundary perimeter setbacks; and the incorporation of the CANDO 2 agreement.

The city’s planning board also recommended denial of the development. 

Attorneys for both parties in the case declined to comment due to upcoming hearing at City Island Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 7. 

National label for local historic site

The Ormond Beach Historical Society has requested that the city grant permission to allow the MacDonald House to appear on the National Register of Historic Places; this was approved by the City Commission.

It was recommended that the house be added to list back in 2017. 

The commission also authorized a grant application submittal to the county ECHO program for funding to help with the first phase of the house’s restoration.

Improvements to The Casements

The Historic Landmark Preservation Board will  meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, to discuss an addition to the existing carriage house at The Casements. 

The project seeks to extend the existing room by 400 squarre feet for more storage.

The Board will meet at the City Hall training room. The Casements is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Don’t flush wipes down drains

City staff is working on a public campaign to inform residents on sewer of problems caused by wipes in the system, according to a city staff report. The wipes labeled as “flushable: cause pumps in the system to bind and fail. 

The campaign will state what can and can’t be flushed.

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