110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Landowners want to create gateway corridor at east entrance to DeLand, at south end of Lake Winnemissett
By Joe Crews
posted Jun 16, 2014 - 11:43:22am
The sweeping curves of State Road 44 usher visitors into DeLand from the east through a fairly unremarkable area of former orange groves and mostly vacant property. There’s not much to look at, other than Lake Winnemissett.
Now envision those motorists passing through a vibrant mix of offices, residences and light-industrial operations. That's the vision of the owners of a large chunk of land at the south end of Lake Winnemissett.
They are asking the City of DeLand to work with them to make the 130 acres near the Interstate 4 interchange at State Road 44 suitable for an “activity center” to greet DeLand visitors.
The local plan will be called the Lake Winnemissett Gateway Corridor, and will create a new land-use category called “gateway” to guide what could be built in the area.
According to DeLand’s planners, an activity-center designation “is designed for high-intensity, design-unified areas in which development may contain a variety of land uses, including office, commercial, recreational, industrial, and housing.”
Retail development should be limited, a planning memo states. If housing — single-family or multifamily — is planned, no more than 16 units per acre would be permitted, and the housing should be targeted to meet the needs of people who would work in the activity center.
The DeLand Planning Board gave its approval to the concept May 21, and will discuss the rezoning to “planned development” in July. The City Commission is scheduled to consider the corridor concept at its June 16 meeting.
The proposed activity center extends west from the interchange along both sides of S.R. 44 to just past County Road 4139 (Summit Avenue), and includes land south of S.R. 44 on the west side of Summit.
Although the proposed district surrounds the DeLand campus of Daytona State College, the school is not included in the plan. However, a large parcel on the southwest corner of the intersection of New York and Summit avenues is set aside for a new school if the need arises.
Much of the remaining property carries designations for industrial, mixed office/residential and highway commercial uses. Those would be changed, for the most part, to a new gateway land use designation that includes less-intensive uses for the property.
The property owners have incorporated as DEPROP LLC.
“They created a plan in which old industrial areas are converted to multifamily/retail/office uses,” said DeLand Planning Director Mike Holmes. “Basically, it’s going to be what’s already out there minus the industrial.”
The current land-use designations were created for a pair of large developments — Twelve Oaks and Royal Oaks — that never materialized, Holmes said. While the planning agreements for those projects have expired, the land-use designations remain.
The new gateway designation will allow the landowners to draw up a local plan that would define acceptable land uses and policies going forward.
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