The Palm Coast City Council plans to annex Graham Swamp into the city. According to city staff, the move would protect city interests and improve efficiency of services.
Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon called it “cleaning up (the city’s) boundaries.”
Landon was referring to the city’s proposal to annex Graham Swamp, a 3,300-acre parcel of land sandwiched between Colbert Lane and Old Kings Road. The City Council supported the proposal.
The Graham Swamp Conservation Area is a significant part of the city’s stormwater management system. Additionally, city staff said annexation would improve efficiency of services and protect city interests, such as infrastructure and maintenance responsibilities.
“None of the area that is included in the annexation has any development potential,” Landon said.
There is a mitigation bank, however, within Graham Swamp. And despite the annexation, the county would retain management responsibility.
Tract at Old Kings to be auctioned
A 508-acre tract east of Old Kings Road, north of State Road 100 and south of the entrance of Town Center Boulevard is scheduled to be auctioned Aug. 3. According to www.GoToby.com, BankAtlantic holds a $7 million mortgage on the property.
Regardless of the auction, the development of regional impact still stands, and a future owner could proceed with building 619 units for single families, 1,792 for multi-family units, 13 acres of commercial property, a fire station and a school, according to Palm Coast Planner Ray Tyner.
Deannexation of Nature Scapes
The City Council also agreed at the workshop with city staff’s recommendation for the contraction — or deannexation — of Nature Scapes.
Water and sewer services will be delivered by the city of Bunnell.
Landon said the property was annexed into the city three years ago, per the request of the owner.
The city has scheduled public hearings for Aug. 2 and Aug. 16 regarding both the Graham Swamp annexation and the Nature Scapes contraction.
— Brian McMillan contributed to this report.