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BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN DELAYED AGAIN — DeLand attorney Mark Watts explains details about his client's plans to develop housing on an old golf course on DeLand's southeast side. After 4.5 hours of comments by the public and city commissioners, a decision on the plan was delayed again, probably until after the holidays, DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar said.

A four-and-a-half-hour special meeting Monday night, Nov. 22, was not long enough for the DeLand City Commission to come to a decision on Beresford Reserve, the 615-unit housing development proposed for the former Southridge Golf Course — formerly the DeLand city dump. 

From concerns over the number of homes — down from an originally proposed 861, but still higher than some may like — to the involvement of the city in the environmental remediation required of developer Elevation Development, concerns raised by the public and commissioners themselves led to yet another delay for a decision on the project.

A decision would not be made on the development, city commissioners agreed, until there is a thorough environmental review of the site.

At nearly 10:45 p.m., the City Commission voted unanimously to, once again, delay a first reading on the project to a future meeting, with the date “to be determined.”

The Nov. 22 special meeting marked the fourth “first reading” for Beresford Reserve’s possible rezoning from R1-A residential zoning to a planned development tailor-made for Elevation. 

Now the city will try a fifth first reading sometime after the holidays, according to Mayor Bob Apgar.

The Beacon will feature full coverage of Monday night’s City Commission meeting in print and online. Stay tuned.

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