On April 23rd I had the opportunity to speak to our County Commissioners concerning the Forman Property LSA. This meeting was to address the request to amend the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map from Conservation, Conservation Residential 2:1 and instead zone these 300 acres to Low Density Residential and Neighborhood Infill. You can listen to my testimony at the link below.
This change in Land Use is critically important, because if the property remains as zoned in the Comp Plan as Conservation Residential, the density can be no more than 2 units per acre, and most importantly, sixty percent of the existing vegetation must be preserved. With the change in Land Use, the developer now can clear cut the entire site, almost 300 acres.
A concern that I hear over and over again as I speak to residents is that our quality of life is being eroded by these changes to the existing Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and the resulting clear cutting of these large areas for development. Similarly, our County Commissioners state that they want to protect the Bay and control growth. So what happened in yesterday’s meeting? Commissioner Anderson, Commissioner Chapman, Commissioner Nick and Commissioner Glidewell all voted to allow the Land Use change. Commissioner Nipper had a family Emergency and was absent.
I only ask you to watch the actions of our Commissioners. See if their votes and actions align with their pledge and promise to you, the good citizens of Walton County. Then, if you are ready for Change, I'm ready to get to work for you! Click the link below to watch my testimony, and be sure to like and follow my Facebook page @ProtectWaltonCountyBeaches