Officials approve final Prominence plat, two replats, and development order extension

FINAL PLAT approved for a last phase that is to complete the Prominence Development of Regional Impact.

By DOTTY NIST

A final plat to complete the Prominence Development of Regional Impact (DRI) was approved by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) on Sept. 27, along with replats for two developments and a six-month development order extension for a temporary cell tower.

The commissioners took these actions at their regular planning items/land use meeting on that date at the South Walton Annex.

Introducing the Prominence request, the Prominence Phase III South Plat, was Walton County Planning and Development Services Director Mac Carpenter.

“I would like to point out that this is the final phase plat of the Prominence DRI,” Carpenter told the officials. “Once these lots are built on, this will complete the Prominence Development of Regional Impact…after almost 15 years,” he noted.

The plat request on behalf of D.R. Horton, Inc., consisted of 83 single-family lots on 14 acres south side of CR-30A and about two miles west of the WaterSound Parkway/CR-30A intersection. The Prominence property, 80 acres in total, is located both north and south of CR-30A and is bordered on the east and west by the WaterSound development.

Approval of the first phase of Prominence as a PUD in 2004 had preceded construction on the south side of CR-30A.

Approval in 2007 for Prominence as a mixed-use Planned Unit Development/DRI provided for a total of 650 dwelling units, 120 hotel units, 12 bed and breakfast rooms, and 200,000 gross square feet of non-residential on the 80-acre site, according to a staff report for the Sept. 25 request.

The latter approval had set the stage for expansion of construction onto the north side of CR-30A.

The latest revision of the Prominence PUD/DRI in 2013 provided for a reduction to 625 dwelling units, 40,000 square feet of commercial, and 13,000 square feet of civic space, according to the report.

David Smith, an engineer representing the applicants, commented that all infrastructure for the development was in place. He added that there were plans for a pool to serve Prominence Phase III that would be applied for as a minor development. In response to a question, Smith said sidewalks would be constructed upon construction of homes on the lots.

The final plat request was approved with all aye votes of the four commissioners in attendance.

Approved, as well, was a request on behalf of Churchill Development, L.L.C., for replat of the Churchill Oaks subdivision to reduce the project from 95 lots to 87 lots on the 41.5-acre property on Churchill Oaks Drive in the Hogtown Bayou area, along with a request on behalf of WRMG, Inc., for a replat of Blue Mountain Beach Industrial Park Phase II, applying to of Block G of the development, splitting one large lot to create two building pads for commercial use. This results in a decrease from 12,375 square feet to 11,875 square feet on the 0.283-acre site industrial park site, which is located 1,800 feet north of U.S. 98 on Old Blue Mountain Road.

There was an additional request on behalf of Serra Holdings for six-month extension on development order approved in September 2017 for Santa Rosa Beach COW (Cell on Wheels), a 1,200-foot temporary cell tower located on a 2.51-acre parcel at 291 Sea Croft Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, with future plans for the tower to be located on a permanent basis on a nearby Regional Utilities’ water tower upon which construction is being completed. The initial COW development order had been approved in September 2017 for a term of one year, after which the applicants would be required to seek new BCC approval for any extension.

The extension was approved with urging by District 5 Commissioner Tony Anderson to get the permanent location established as soon as possible in order to improve cell phone service in the area.

An additional agenda item, Ocean Estates, was tabled.