Roll Call – Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Aug. 23 regular meeting and Aug. 25 land use meeting [PREMIUM]

Aug. 23 regular meeting and Aug. 25 land use meeting

A yes vote was to approve the motion.

Aug. 23 meeting

Request on behalf of the Seaside School for a temporary road closures on CR-30A for the 2023 Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K on Feb. 19, 2023.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously: Tony Anderson-yes; Mike Barker-yes; Danny Glidewell-yes; Boots McCormick-yes; Trey Nick-yes.

Update and request for direction by Greg Graham of Walton County Public Works on the shared-use trail system proposed for the 450+ acres of county-owned property just east of the Walton County Landfill property.

There was a motion by Glidewell to continue consideration of this agenda item to the next BCC meeting north of the bay due to the location of the project.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Request by Mac Carpenter, county planning and development services director, to reject all responses to the county’s request for qualifications (RFQ) for transportation planning services and authorize staff to bring back a revised scope of services that would take into account the countywide transportation/traffic study.

There was a motion by Glidewell to reject the responses as requested and re-advertise the RFQ based on the recommended revised scope of services

The motion was approved unanimously.

Presentation of information and request for direction by Brian Kellenberger, Walton County beach operations director, regarding the possibility of placement of ice vending machines at county parks. This was a follow-up from previous direction from the BCC prompted by a citizen request. Presented was information related to a pilot program for such an amenity.

Approved unanimously following BCC discussion and public comment was a motion by McCormick not to proceed with placement of the ice machines.

The motion was approved unanimously, resulting in failure of the proposal.

Update and request for direction by Melissa Thomason, Walton County Chief Financial Officer, regarding the existing interlocal agreement with the city of Paxton providing for partial funding by the county for the new Paxton Health Clinic. On April 26, the BCC had approved the agreement, providing for the county to furnish in-kind services and financial assistance to the city for the City of Paxton Health Clinic in an amount not to exceed $23,200 annually. Conditions of the approval had been the city obtaining a $496,100 USDA grant for the $902,092 project. This was subject to the BCC determining whether or not to fund the remaining $405,992 to the city outright, in full, as part of the next budget cycle rather than providing the $23,200 annual payment on a 30-year, 2.5-percent USDA loan taken out by the city.

At the Aug. 23 meeting, Thomason presented a request on behalf of USDA for an outright match of $460,000 to be provided for the project rather than the annual payments, with the federal funding for the project to be provided from a different program than the one previously envisioned.

There was a motion by Glidewell to update the interlocal agreement providing for the county to furnish its portion of the funding in total rather than over a 20-year period. This was on the condition of the city obtaining the USDA funds for the project, which are to provide 55 percent of the project cost.

The motion was approved unanimously, with the county portion to come from the landfill fund that the BCC generally uses for capital projects, according to Thomason.

Presentation by Thomason of a nonprofit agency funding policy providing a mechanism for nonprofits to apply for county funds, also providing for an amended public notice date for the policy of Sept. 15 so that all nonprofits would make application in accordance with the policy for discretionary funding in the next fiscal year.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Public hearing on a resolution to reimpose and provide for the collection of special assessments for fire rescue in the 2022-23 fiscal year within the Walton County Fire Rescue service area.

There was a motion by Glidewell to continue the public hearing to the next BCC meeting north of the bay due to the agenda item applying to that area.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Public hearing on a resolution to reimpose and provide for collection of special assessments in the Daughette Canal Municipal Service Benefit Unit in the 2022-2023 fiscal year for maintenance of the canal.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Public hearing on an ordinance amending the ordinance that would provide for levying a one-cent sales surtax in Walton County, Florida in accordance with and to finance transportation infrastructure as set forth in Florida Statutes Section 212.055(1); requiring approval by a majority of the electors of Walton County in a referendum to be placed on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. Revisions from the ordinance as previously approved by the BCC included a statement of the BCCs obligation to obtain an audit of the program/use of proceeds on an annual basis and language recognizing the ability to use revenues from the tax to issue bonds to finance transportation infrastructure projects.

Approved unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment was a motion by Glidewell to approve the proposed amendment to the ordinance.

Public hearing on a request to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign an updated Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) Certification and Resolution. There was a request by Carpenter to continue this agenda item to the Sept. 27 BCC meeting to allow time for updating of some budget documents for the plan and for them to receive review and a recommendation from the Walton County Affordable Housing Committee.

A motion by Anderson to approve the continuance carried unanimously.

Proposal and motion by Glidewell to seek bids to provide for an employee pay study/audit.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Proposal and motion by Glidewell to have Walton County Facilities Maintenance install poles and lights at the Liberty and Glendale community centers/parks for night use of the basketball courts at a total cost of $4,800, to be paid from contingency funds.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Among items approved unanimously as part of the consent agenda were the following: a $25,000 annual contract with Smarsh, Inc. for archiving of county text messages (275 lines); and extension of the closing date for property at 83 Sloss Avenue from Aug. 26 to Sept. 15.

One additional agenda item was deleted, a request for rescheduling the Sept. 13 BCC meeting, as this rescheduling was determined not to be needed.

Aug. 25 land use meeting

Request by Carpenter to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a satisfaction of a SHIP (State Housing Initiatives Partnership) mortgage for John and Lori Manning.

A motion for approval carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of John Finch for approval of the Finch Small Scale Amendment (SSA), providing for a future land use change from Commercial and Estate Residential to Industrial and zoning district change from Commercial and Estate Residential to Light Industrial on 15 acres located on the east side of U.S. 331, approximately one mile north of the U.S. 331/Rock Hill Road intersection. The request was accompanied by a land use restriction agreement to be part of the final order that would disallow uses of the property for purposes not in harmony with Eglin Air Force Base’s military overlay district in that area and would limit use of the property to storage-type facilities.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Second reading/adoption hearing for land development code text amendments requested by Walton County Planning and Development Services providing for substantive changes to Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 9 of the Walton County Land Development Code (LDC) and relating to Walton County Code Compliance issues, recent changes in state statutes, and continuing efforts by staff to maintain and improve interpretation and implementation of the LDC, with the changes to impact home-based business standards, recreational vehicle use, signage, buffering, setbacks, landscaping, and code enforcement.

A motion for approval by McCormick carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of VCP Santa Rosa, L.L.C., for approval of U.S. 331 apartments, consisting of 260 multi-family units on 29 acres (three parcels) located one mile north of U.S. 98 on the west side of U.S. 331. The access parcel is on U.S. 331 and the two other parcels are located behind South Walton High School.

Approved unanimously after a presentation, BCC and staff discussion was a motion for approval by McCormick.

Request on behalf of Move It Storage for approval of Move It Storage Santa Rosa Beach, consisting of 92,037 square feet of mini storage, 7,000 square feet of fast food restaurant, and 4,000 square feet of medical office and associated infrastructure in two phases, all on 7.90 acres on the north side of U.S. 98 West, east of the Publix Shopping Center west of Veterans Road, and south of the Ace Hardware store currently under construction. The request was specifically for the storage as Phase 1, with the property having been designed for a master plan for which the remainder would be Phase 2 and with a requirement for projects in that second phase to come back for separate approval.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of Beach Properties of Destin, L.L.C., for approval of Fayard Self Storage Expansion, consisting of 79,772 square feet of mini storage with 24 covered RV storage spaces, a 1,400 square foot manager’s residence and associated infrastructure all on 3.47 acres at 5061 U.S. 98 West, just east of the U.S. 98/Don Bishop Road intersection on the south side of U.S. 98. The utility plan for the proposal had been modified to meet a condition of approval for the Design Review Board providing for coordination with utility providers on landscaping and placement of the monument sign planned to be located along U.S. 98. The proposal did not include any request for overnight stay in the RV storage spaces.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of Davis Development, L.L.C, and The Garden of Destin, L.L.C., for approval of Botanic Miramar Beach, consisting of 321 apartments with pool amenity, a 5,000 square foot convenience store with gasoline sales, a 4,209 square foot fast food restaurant, 16,544 square feet of retail space and associated infrastructure in 2 phases on 25.35 acres at 12958 U.S.. 98 West, on the front portion of the Golf Garden property in Miramar Beach. The request included a master plan for the 25.35 acres and approval for the apartments to move forward as Phase 1, with the remainder (the commercial) to be required to be brought back in a separate development order application. The request was also with the understanding that the apartments would not be used as short-term rentals.

Approved unanimously after presentations, BCC and staff discussion and public comment was a motion for approval by Nick.