By DOTTY NIST
Fifteen large-scale amendments to the Walton County Comprehensive Plan were cleared on Oct. 4 for transmittal to the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for review.
Walton County Board of County Commissioners’ (BCC) approval of the amendments at a special meeting on Oct. 4 was the final item to be completed prior to the officials voting to transmit all amendment documents implementing Walton County’s Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR). The documents represent a multi-year effort for commissioners and staff.
Of 17 proposed large-scale amendment requests heard by the BCC on Oct. 4, two requests were denied. One of those, on behalf of Seacrest Beach Project, L.L.C., would have changed slightly less than an acre of beachfront property on the south side of the Seacrest subdivision from Residential Preservation to Neighborhood Infill, a higher density land use classification.
The officials also voted to deny a request to reclassify 275 acres on Indian Creek Ranch Road in the Woodlawn area from General Agriculture to Rural Low Density.
Among the amendments cleared for transmittal, in two instances the BCC followed staff recommendations in approving a land use classification or density different from that of the request.
After review by DCA, the EAR document package will again undergo consideration by the BCC, along with associated recommendations by DCA.