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

Beresford Reserve, the controversial housing development that could be built on the former Southridge Golf Course on DeLand’s east side is coming back to the DeLand City Commission Monday, July 25, for a shot at a second reading. 

This step — a second reading to rezone the 167-acre plot of land to a planned unit development, or PUD — is the last for developer Elevation Development before it can move ahead with divvying up the former golf course and city dump into the currently proposed 597 units. 

Those 597 units would be, as was proposed when the development was last seen by the DeLand City Commission, made up of 45 homes on 40-foot-wide lots, 116 homes on 50-foot-wide lots, 32 homes on 60-foot-wide lots, 61 homes on 70-foot-wide lots and a total of 343 town homes; 189 of those will be rental units, and 154 will be for sale.

The development plans also include a 21-acre public park and a number of other amenities.

The rezoning application was approved on first reading earlier this year on a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Bob Apgar and City Commissioners Kevin Reid and Charles Paiva voting in favor, and City Commissioners Chris Cloudman and Jessica Davis against. 

The special meeting to consider Beresford Reserve’s second reading will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, in the City Commission Chambers at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. The meeting is open to the public and will also be broadcast online on the city’s website, HERE

Seats fill up fast for hearings involving Beresford Reserve, but the city does discourage the consumption of food and drinks — yes, even popcorn — in the commission chambers.


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