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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Jul. 27, 2018 3 months ago

Planned Minto community's Granada exit moved farther out West

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The Volusia County Council approved a motion to amend the original agreement.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Volusia County is hoping to help spread out future traffic on Granada Boulevard, caused by various upcoming Daytona Beach residential developments, with an amendment to the original Tymber Creek right of way agreement that will move the proposed Stagecoach Road entry point farther out west via a Tournament Drive extension.

The motion was approved unanimously by the County Council at its meeting on Tuesday, July 24. City staff reported that Minto Communities LLC, Consolidated Tomoka Land Company and Indigo Development Company are planning to develop a northern parcel in the area and that Stagecoach Road would have adverse effects. But needing an additional outlet, the developers looked to extending Tournament Drive from Champions Elementary School in Daytona Beach.

“Having something on that western side helps move that traffic through there," Volusia County Engineer Tadd Kasbeer said. 

The original Stagecoach Road entrypoint would have been located across from Breakaway Trails.

The proposed extension will skirt the outer edges of the new development and provide an alternative route to Tymber Creek Road to reach LPGA Boulevard. The original agreement, approved in April 21, 2016, by the County Council, allowed Minto, CTLC and IDC to reserve the right way for Tymber Creek Road and Stagecoach Road. Minto has completed the first part of the Tymber Creek Road extension north from LPGA. 

As the Mosaic development, along with potential others, begins construction, Kasbeer said providing another reliever road father west will be beneficial and relieve the pressure on Tymber Creek road.

How the county will benefit

The developers will donate a right of way of 120 feet in width for Tymber Creek Road for 1.5 miles to Volusia County, valued at about $368,000, city reports. CTLC, IDI and Minto will also donate the right of way of 120 feet in width for the entire Tournament Drive extension, approximately 3.5 miles, as well as the tracts for dedicated stormwater ponds — valued at $1,880,000. 

With over $2.2 million in right of way donations, the County would gain "significant savings" in their impact fee credit account, said Tammy Bong, county director of budget and administrative services. 

The right of ways will be donated to the County within 90 days of the agreement.

Improvement or step back?

Ormond Beach resident Mary Anne Connors was not so sure this was the right solution. 

Connors, who lives in Hunter's Ridge, said she believed the proposal hadn't been thoroughly vetted and reviewed and that she would like a comparison of the proposed project's cost benefit alignment with the original. She added that as far as she understood, the road was being proposed to skirt a gated community and said the road should be meant to benefit more than just one area.

“This road represents a lot more highway and cost for what I see is no discernible traffic benefit," Connors said. "It both begins and ends at points that don’t really represent an improvement for traffic purposes.”

Connor said the new terms of the agreement were certainly an improvement but that there are likely better opportunities to improve traffic movement.

“And since I intend to be there a long time, I’m paying attention," Connors said.

Volusia County Council Chair Ed Kelley said it was "probably a good compromise" to move the reliever road farther out west, since the area near Breakway Trails is already crowded. Either way, Ormond Beach will be impacted, and Kelley called it "a bad situation."

“Ormond Beach is now going to be the suffering beneficiary of actions made by their Commission in '99 and 2000 by causing the property to be annexed into Daytona Beach," Kelley said.

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