By Suzy Kridner
EDGEWATER - A 5,187-acre development on the west side of Interstate 95 within the city limits is proceeding through rezoning approval before residential and commercial building can begin.
It's been a long process for the developers, GS Florida LLS and Hammock Creek Green LLC.
The original name of the development, Hammock Creek Green, has been changed to Restoration, according to attorney Ted Brown. He said in addition to the rezoning approval needed from the Edgewater City Council, "we must obtain a 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is under active review right now."
"We are well into the review cycle," Mr. Brown said. The 404 permit is needed before any site work can begin.
The second and final reading of an ordinance creating a sustainable community development/planned unit development zoning for the property will be Sept. 24 at the City Council meeting, according to City Manager Tracey Barlow.
The Planning and Zoning Board voted 6-0 last month to send a favorable recommendation to the City Council to amend Edgewater's Official Zoning Map to include the 5,187 acres as a Sustainable Community Development Planned Unit Development. The zoning would be changed from rural agricultural and forestry resource zoning classifications.
This project would be linked to the large developments anticipated in New Smyrna Beach with the Williamson Boulevard extension and to the proposed Deering Park project and Farmton project to the south.
Mr. Brown said there are a great number of legal steps for the whole process of creating Restoration.
The Restoration Site Mitigation Plan also is under review.
Restoration plans include 8,500 residential units, with 3,825 single-family residences and 4,675 multi-family units. Acreage also will be dedicated for schools and other public infrastructure.
Developers are planning to set aside 74 percent, or about 3,872 acres, of land within Restoration as conservation area that will be restored and enhanced.
"As it stands today, we have every intention of developing the project as it is envisioned and permitted," Mr. Brown said. "It's just a question of timing and of when and how you mobilize the effort to do it."
He has been involved in the project since 2004.
"It is a long-term process to get to the building stage, then to build and finish it. We have 30 years of construction planned," he said. "And we will have to ultimately build Williamson Boulevard right through our property."