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PHOTO BY DAVE BALLESTEROS RESERVE — Pictured is the 167-acre parcel of land — formerly known as the Southridge or Sandhill Golf Course.

The return of Beresford Reserve

A controversial development planned for the former Southridge Golf Course in DeLand will return to the DeLand City Commission at a special meeting Monday, Nov. 22.

DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar called the special meeting to conduct the first reading of the rezoning for the Beresford Reserve planned development, so the development could be the only item on the agenda. 

The developer, Elevation Development, wants to rezone 168 acres of land on East Beresford Avenue between South Boston and South Hill Avenues for a mixed-use project that would have 615 housing units and a commercial area at the corner of East Beresford and South Boston avenues. 

Beresford Reserve has seen some changes since it last came before the DeLand City Commission in June. Voting on the development has been delayed several times so the developer could make changes requested by the City Commission and the community. 

The proposed golf-course development has awakened a number of smart-growth activists, and Apgar called the meeting to assure that they have time to be heard. Beresford Reserve will be the only item on that night’s meeting agenda.

Since its last delay in August, Apgar has begun nearly every City Commission meeting the same way: by reminding the audience that Beresford Reserve will not, in fact, be discussed that night. This is sometimes followed by an attendee or two leaving City Hall.

To get the go-ahead to draw up construction plans, Beresford Reserve’s rezoning must be approved twice by the City Commission, in what are called “first” and “second” readings. 

The first reading is what’s on the agenda for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in the DeLand City Commission Chambers at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. 

All meetings are open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat.

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