Also in City Watch: FDOT is currently hosting a virtual public hearing for its proposed projects in the five-year work program.
The City Commission will consider amendments to the Plantation Oaks development — including a proposal to void the 55-and-older age restriction and allow single-family homes in the first phase of the community — at its meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19.
The three amendments, including two administrative zoning changes, were originally scheduled to be heard back in the summer, but the city postponed the hearings due to COVID-19, as the city manager wanted to be able to hold a meeting where interested people could voice their opinions on the matter while adhering to social distancing requirements.
On June 11, 2020, the Planning Board unanimously recommended approval of the amendments despite significant citizen opposition. Several individuals voiced concerns at that meeting over impact to the Loop. In response, a Change.org petition has been signed over 62,000 times to “help save the Ormond Beach Loop.”
Parker Mynchenberg, the developer of Plantation Oaks, was also involved in creation of neighboring Halifax Plantation. Plantation Oaks was first approved by the county in 2002, and included single family homes. In 2012, that requirement was scrapped to allow manufactured housing. Plantation Oaks was annexed into the city in 2019.
Man shot after pointing pitchfork at friend
A local man was killed during a confrontation with a friend near Ormond Beach in unincorporated Volusia County on Friday, Jan. 8.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reported that 34-year-old William Bay pointed a pitchfork at his friend “in a threatening manner” at their shared residence in the 1100 block of Avenue I. The friend, who was armed with a handgun, fired when Bay advanced toward him, citing fear for his and his wife’s lives.
No charges have been filed. The investigation is ongoing.
Preliminary plat request for U.S. 1
The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, to discuss a preliminary plat request for an 18-acre property located at 1670 and 1662 N. U.S. 1.
The request comes on behalf of Destination Interchange LLC, which seeks to develop the property into a commercial subdivision.
DOT hosts virtual public hearing
The Florida Department of Transportation is holding a virtual public hearing regarding the current five-year work program, which includes the A1A pedestrian safety project.
The hearing is virtual and open 24 hours a day until Jan. 15. Visit d5wpph.com to submit comments.