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A number of DeLand committees will meet Tuesday, Jan. 18, to discuss everything from new developments, including a 543-home subdivision on the city’s southeast side, to the Boys and Girls Club. 

The DeLand City Commission will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss a number of items, including a rezoning application for a 184-acre, 543-unit planned subdivision known as Trinity Gardens. 

Trinity Gardens received an OK from the DeLand Planning Board in December 2021.

As proposed, Trinity Gardens would comprise 425 single-family units and 118 town homes. The single-family units would be divided into 330 homes on 50-foot lots and 95 homes on 60-foot lots.

While there were some misgivings at the time, the Planning Board unanimously approved the planned development to move on to the DeLand City Commission. 

Planning Board Member Buz Nesbit said the development was more favorable than some other proposed developments are by the time they reach the Planning Board.

“I appreciate that this project came at a much better level than they usually do come to us. I think that maybe the developer community as well as their lawyers are hearing our concerns and bringing a better first-round project,” Nesbit said. “I think it will probably get better as it goes on.”

Another subdivision, albeit a much smaller one, is also on the City Commission’s agenda, Plum Tree.

Plum Tree, on 1.36-acres, would sit at 613 W. Rich Ave., at the southwest corner of West Rich Avenue and North Orange Avenue. 

The applicant, Rich Partners, wants to build 15 town home lots on the property.

Before the City Commission convenes Monday, the Downtown DeLand Community Redevelopment Agency will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss more development, this time apartments in Downtown DeLand.

Orlando-based developer Atlantic Housing Partners is looking to construct apartment housing on land that includes the former Save-A-Lot grocery store at 221 S. Woodland Blvd.

When last pitched to the Downtown DeLand CRA, Atlantic Housing Partners was looking to construct a two-building, 173-unit project with first-floor space for commercial business. 

Now, the project comes back to the CRA with discussion surrounding incentives for the project. The developer has asked for the city to reimburse 90 percent of what is called the “ad valorem tax increment.”

The developer would not escape paying all of the ad valorem taxes, but, if the city agrees, the proposal would reduce by 90 percent the taxes due on the increased value of the property if the apartment project is completed.

Also on Monday, the Spring Hill Community Redevelopment Agency will meet at 5 p.m. to discuss providing a Volusia ECHO grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties. The Boys & Girls Club is seeking the funding to rehabilitate a small building and pavilion at its 935 S. Adelle Ave. home base.

The next day, Wednesday, Jan. 19, the DeLand Planning Board will meet at 5 p.m. to discuss more developments, including Taylor Ridge, a newly proposed 71-unit residential subdivision on 27 acres of land on the northwest corner of South Blue Lake Avenue and East Taylor Road.

While the DeLand City Commission and community redevelopment agencies typically meet on Mondays, these meetings were rescheduled to not conflict with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17.

All of these meetings convene in the City Commission Chambers at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. 

All meetings are open to the public, and meeting materials can be viewed online, HERE. The Downtown DeLand CRA and DeLand City Commission meetings will also be broadcast online, HERE

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