the Charm and Character of 30A
At its January 14th meeting, The Planning Commission voted 3-2 in favor of recommending the Hampton Inn development to the Board of County Commissioners. The large crowd opposed the development from many different perspectives. The development now goes before the Board of County Commissioners on March 5 at a special meeting scheduled to hear only this item. The meeting will be at 4PM at Seascape. The change in location is to accommodate the anticipated large audience. We will provide you more details about the location once we receive them.
So, to all of you who attended the Planning Commission meeting, thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the March 5th Board of County Commissioners meeting where the actual up or down vote occurs on the development.
Most importantly please donate what you can to help support and defend the unique beauty and character of South Walton.
President, South Walton Community Council
Protect our Coastal Dune Lakes
February 2nd at 4PM the Board of County Commissioners will hold its workshop on the proposed revisions to Chapter 4 of the Land Development Code and revisions to the Comprehensive Plan regarding the coastal dune lakes protections. The meeting will take place in the Walton County Courthouse annex.
This current proposed revisions to the coastal dune lakes protections contains explicit language regarding the right to request variances from this section of the land development code, which also implies that some, if not all, of the coastal dune lakes protections included in the Comprehensive Plan will be removed from that plan. SWCC is opposed to this change and it sets a dangerous precedent. Our Walton County Comprehensive Plan was carefully developed and is one source of protection for many of the environmental features of South Walton County.
Also the current proposed Chapter 4 revision raises the limit for lot clearing within the Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zone to 50% from 25%, a full 100% increase. There is also additional clearing allowed for storm water management leaving the possibility for lot clearing on the coastal dune lakes to be 100% outside of the buffer. No science-based reasoning is provided for this increase in the clearing allowed on lots within the Coastal Dune Lakes Protection Zone.
We need to let our public officials know we oppose any relaxation of the protections to our rare coastal dune lakes. The Commissioners are considering these changes close to the time that PBS will be airing the film that Elam Stoltzfus is making about our beautiful lakes. Would it not be high irony that at the time our coastal dune lakes are receiving national attention we are taking steps to degrade those same lakes.
Please continue to write your commissioners, inform your friends, and attend this very important workshop.