Ormond Beach planning council votes no on the Tattersall project

The Ormond Beach planning council rejected the Tattersall at Tymber Creek project with a 5-1 vote at its Thursday, December 9 meeting, fearing the development would exacerbate existing traffic and flooding problems. The project will be examined by the Municipal Commission at its meeting on January 18.

Planning board member GG Galloway voted against because he was in favor of continuing the project. He said development was still in its early stages and felt the board should give the developer time to look into the issues.

“We don’t have housing,” Galloway said. “There are more real estate agents… than we have homes for sale. Ladies and gentlemen, Florida has been found.

He also warned his fellow board members against rejecting a project, as it is unclear whether what might be offered there in the future could pose more problems.

The developer, local homebuilder Trey Paytas of Paytas Homes, is seeking the reissue of a development order for the 84-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Tymber Creek Road and Airport Road. This property is already zoned as a planned residential development and has already been the subject of three applications.

The first dates back to 2006, when the Municipal Commission approved a subdivision of 68 lots, but the approval expired in 2014. A year before its expiration date in 2013, the Municipal Commission rejected a second request to modify the PRD to authorize 163 lots. Then, in 2018, the Commission denied another application for a development order to authorize 144 lots.

Tattersall’s current project features 143 single-family lots, but several board members felt that was still too much.

“If you go there and look at it, there’s water there,” Board member Angeline Shull said. “There is no way around it. When it rains, the roads are flooded. It’s just a problem, so I don’t think putting more houses in this area is going to improve the situation.

Many residents of this area spoke at the town planning council meeting, the majority expressing opposition to the project.

Resident Ron Hooper cited Volusia County traffic engineering records showing that traffic counts on Tymber Creek Road increased 107% from 2008 to May of this year.

“If the developer wants to be a good partner, they have to do the right thing,” Hooper said. “Don’t just obey various codes and leave a traffic mess for residents for the next several years to come.”

However, resident Mark Edwards, who owns a property bordering the project plot, thought this design was the “smarter” of those featured in the past.

“This property, which is properly zoned for this type of development, will be built someday, and someday someone might build something there with a different planning commission, a different municipal commission, it’s much worse than the plan that’s presented correctly now, ”Edwards said.

Despite some flooding issues, the entire property is not wet, said Bill Lites, director of environmental services at Zev Cohen and Associates, the project’s engineering firm. He said 14 of the 84 acres were wetlands and the rest were not swamps.

“There’s a lot of incline going up from Groover Branch going up high at the north end,” Lites said. “This swamp near the airport is wet and holds a lot of water, but not all are wet areas.”

After three hours of commentary from the developer team and the public, the board was still struggling to recommend its approval for Tattersall.

Board member Mike Scudiero said it was possible that a future proposal would be “worse”, but it was an opportunity he was prepared to take.

“I think the government owes its citizens to do all of this properly before seeking approval for other things,” Scudiero said.

Anti-Semitic vandal arrested

A 34-year-old Palm Coast man was arrested on December 4 after being identified as the suspect involved in a series of anti-Semitic vandalism, using stickers, in the town of Ormond Beach.

These crimes, according to an investigation by Ormond Beach police, began in late October and caused the town $ 2,150 in damage and labor. According to his arrest report, Daniel McGinnis was identified on December 1, after his fingerprints were found on a no-parking sign that police had removed a sticker from days earlier. Police were then able to identify his vehicle, which led to his arrest in Flagler County.

The stickers have been removed from various areas of the city including Nova Community Park, traffic light poles at Main Trail and North Nova, areas around Town Hall and on the west side of the Granada Bridge.

They contained sentences claiming the Holocaust was a hoax, Antifa as a Jewish militia and alleging sexual content involving minors.

McGinnis has been charged with criminal mischief. He was released on $ 15,000 bail on December 5.

The DOH seeks the opinion of the community

Florida Department of Health officials in Volusia and Flagler counties are working with AdventHealth, Flagler Cares, Halifax Health, SMA Healthcare and county governments to conduct new community health assessments and develop improvement plans, according to a press release.

The DOH is required to do this every three years. Residents are encouraged to take a survey to give their opinion. Visit countyhealthsurvey.com.

New business guide available

The Town of Ormond Beach and the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce recently released their latest edition of “Doing Business at Ormond Beach”.

The guide serves as a reference tool to help individuals and business owners navigate the process of starting or expanding their business, according to the city’s website. Visit https://bit.ly/33v3Mfi.

Programs return to local libraries

The programs are now reverting to the Volusia County public library system, according to a press release from the county.

Free programming includes computer and exercise classes, gardening, story time, crafts, games, movies, after-school programs, and educational activities.

For a full list of programs, stop by our local branch, the Ormond Beach Regional Public Library at 30 S. Beach St., or visit volusialibrary.org.

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