Ormond Beach has a new zoning district: “I-2, Heavy Industrial.”
The Ormond Beach City Commission unanimously approved a land development code amendment to create the new zoning designation on Aug. 1. The vote was a second-reading vote.
The city had identified a need for a new zoning district in its 2010 Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report, according to a city memo.
When the city recently annexed 52 acres owned by Halifax Paving at 860 Hull Road and 1399 Hull Trail, a new zoning district became necessary, city staff members said.
Uses permitted in the new district include business and professional offices, construction and home improvement company offices, warehouses and a recycling collection center.
Conditional uses — which require preapproval by city staff — include asphalt batching and cement plants, bulk oil storage and distribution facilities and "heavy industrial uses" related to the storage, processing and/or manufacturing of raw, flammable, explosive or potentially hazardous materials.
The commission didn’t object to Halifax Paving’s plans to build a new office building at its property on Hull Road.
But some commissioners expressed concern about future developments that would fall under the I-2 zoning, including a Florida East Coast Railway fuel terminal planned for 874 Hull Road, in unincorporated Volusia County.
If the FEC wants to connect to utilities, it must annex its property into the city of Ormond Beach, where its Volusia County zoning of “Heavy Industrial” would be converted into a city zoning of I-2.
City Commissioner Lori Tolland said creating the I-2 district for Halifax Paving would create a “domino effect” for the fuel terminal project.
“I don’t think it’s something that I would want next to the airport, sports complex, next to the Bear Creek residents,” Tolland said.
The FEC project, she added, plans to have seven to 12 fuel trucks an hour on Hull Road and Harmony Road.
“I just can see that as a nightmare with kids’ practices, with field use,” she said.
City Attorney Randy Hayes said the challenge with the FEC property, if it pursues annexation, is that the city is required by law to establish a zoning similar to the property's county zoning.
If it assigns the land a zoning designation that doesn’t fully match, Hayes explained, the city could be taking away some of the property owner’s existing rights, opening the city up to litigation.
Planning Board to meet Thursday
The Ormond Beach Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the City Commission Chambers at City Hall to discuss several preliminary plat requests for planned developments within Plantation Oaks.
The board will review a preliminary plat request for an 80-lot subdivision, to be called Bradford Lakes, on the west side of Plantation Oaks Boulevard, north of the unopened Pennsylvania Avenue right-of-way, according to the agenda.
The board will also review a final plat request for 94 lots for phase 1 of a subdivision to be called Archer’s Mill. This one will be located on the east side of Plantation Oaks Boulevard.
Lastly, the board will consider three preliminary plats for phases 4, 5 and 6 of Archer’s Mill, for 111, 114 and 78 lots, respectively.
The Planning Board will also review an administrative request to amend the Land Development Code's requirements for a certificate of use.
City seeks banner applications
Applications for Ormond Beach’s Hometown Heroes Banner Program are now open.
The banner program honors Ormond Beach residents and family members who are in active military service, have been honorably discharged, or died in the line of duty.
The banners will be displayed on the Granada Bridge during November. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31.
Get your sandbags early
Ormond Beach residents can pick up sandbags and sand at the city's self-serve sand pile and sandbag station at the Nova Community Center at 440 N. Nova Road.
To receive up to 10 free fillable bags, residents must show ID, according to a city notice.
Bring your own shovel and be prepared to fill and load your own bags, though staff will be available to help.
The self-serve sand pile will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1-5:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Residents with special needs may call the Public Works Department at 386-676-3220 and ask to have sandbags delivered.
Christmas parade to be ‘groovy’
The Home for the Holidays Parade theme for 2023 will be “A Groovy Christmas,” chosen through a community vote, the city announced on Facebook on July 31.
The parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Applications will open on Oct. 2 and will be due by Nov. 27.