The Palm Coast Planning Board Wednesday evening recommended allowing Palm Coast Park, already one of the city’s largest planned developments, to add 750 more homes to its permitted number of units in the latest in a series of expansions.
The board’s 4-1 recommendation, which now goes before the City Council, followed a long and pointed discussion about affordable housing led by Planning Board member Sandra Shank. She insisted that the approval be contingent on language that compels developers to ensure that affordable home ownership–not just subsidized rentals–be part of the deal.
“I think this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate to our citizens that we are concerned about the needs of the working class people,” Shank said. A motion to recommend the project without Shank’s demand failed before her proposal carried the evening.
The Palm Coast City Council originally approved the 4,677-acre development of regional impact, or DRI–a term applied to very large scale, regulated developments–in 2004, allowing for 3,600 dwellings, plus 3.2 million square feet of commercial or other non-residential uses in Palm Coast Park.
The council has approved eight amendments since, gradually allowing for the conversion of commercial space to residential homes or adding entitlements for more homes–360 more in 2014, one thousand more in 2018, another 744 more in 2022.
With the addition of yet 750 more as recommended by the planning board, Palm Coast Park will have nearly double in size from its original projection of 3,600 homes, to 6,454. Wednesday’s recommendation in effect would allow the development to grow to a size equivalent to Bunnell, times two, within the original DRI.
Palm Coast Park straddles U.S. 1, from Palm Coast Parkway all the way to Old Kings Road. It includes a rectangular swath along that entire distance on the west side of U.S. 1–what Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin likes to refer to as “the frontier”–as well as two large swaths on the east side of U.S. 1, including the entirety of the vacant land behind Indian Trails Middle School and Belle Terre Elementary, and a large square of land north of Palm Coast’s L-Section that would be as large as the L-Section.
The most prominent development in Palm Coast Park to date is Sawmill Creek, which started with 259 homes in 2020, with some 1,700 homes projected at build-out. It is a development by Palm Coast Florida Holdings, with five tracts still undeveloped. Sawmill Creek has provided a 30-acre site for an eventual school.
The addition of 750 homes would be accomplished by converting 90,000 square feet of from what had been slated for commercial uses to residential uses, and by increasing industrial uses by 300,000 square feet.
The city’s planning staff found the ninth amendment consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan, “as it will come create opportunities for residents to work, shop, engage in recreational activities and attend church or school in close proximity to their homes,” City Planner Bill Hoover said. “Additional homes will create demand for developing some of the commercial and office entitlements that they haven’t really developed very much except up there at Matanzas [Woods Parkway] and U.S. 1. The additional 300,000 square feet of industrial uses will encourage the development of hopefully a large employment center or employment centers along US Highway One. And the proposed changes are not expanding development in areas that are not served by adequate infrastructure.”
All transfers of land form one use to another “are in harmony with neighboring tracts,” Hoover said. A second application dealt with the same DRI and its changes, but at a more detailed, zoning level.
Land use attorney Michael Chiumento, who is representing the developer, said when the DRI was approved 19 years ago, “it was always intended to develop and morph as the community developed and as the economic conditions came about. So it always provided for flexibility of moving things around.” Since then, some $24 million worth of infrastructure has gone into the ground, Chiumento said, with $7 million contributed by the original developer, and the Matanzas Woods Parkway interchange resulting from it.
Ownership changed from Palm Coast Holdings to Byrndog in 2018. Byrndog was established by Douglas Properties, the company that also acquired much of Town Center from palm Coast Holdings. Technically, Byrndog is referred to as the “declarant,” rather than the developer, being the entity that “has responsibility and control over the DRI, the PUD and how it’s changed over time to ensure that land uses kind of comply with the initial vision of the region,” Chiumento said. The declarant can also be the developer and the owner of a property, but doesn’t have to be: for example, it doesn’t own or develop Sawmill Creek, but oversees that portion of the DRI.
Traffic studies are conducted every two years. “When it’s all built out, the project will generate about 10,000 trips up and down U.S. 1,” Chiumento said.
Shank, the planning board member, raised her questions about affordable housing. She wanted more clarity on the affordable housing language in the documents, which was not presented. “I think it’s important to actually see the language if we’re going to approve additional units,” she said. “We need to be able to make sure that we secure affordable housing and not just multifamily, but homeownership as well.” What she could see pertained to apartment housing, not necessarily affordable housing.
The matter is spelled out, to a degree, in the DRI documents. But Shank was not satisfied with its vagueness: “It just simply says the declarant shall promote diversity of housing products to be developed throughout the DRI property and tax credit tools provided by state and federal governments, i.e. Florida Housing Finance Committee. That’s it,” Shank said.
Chiumento said the obligations were satisfied in the original DRI. Shank insisted that subsequent analysis of affordable housing components are not apparent, especially in light of existing difficulties for working people to find affordable homes. She said stronger language compelling the developer to address affordable housing has been stricken, leaving the language she’d just read out loud to the chamber.
Again, Chiumento said the language was stricken because the the affordable housing components in the original DRI had been satisfied.
“But that satisfaction doesn’t take into consideration the additional units that you’re requesting, correct?” Shank asked, since the DRI’s approved dwelling units has nearly doubled since its original version.
“I can’t answer that question,” Chiumento said.
“So that’s that’s an issue. You’re you’re proposing a significant increase of the number of units without addressing what was originally in the DRI,” Shank said. Chiumento said the original language can be added, if that’s what the city wishes.
“I will propose that the language be reinstated as originally stated,” Shank said. “If you’re requesting additional units, the language as originally stated takes into consideration the needs of the citizens of this community. That’s a direct impact. If people cannot afford to live where they work, that’s a concern. And we know that we have an issue with affordable housing, and the original language for this DRI would address that.”
“Affordable housing is very subjective,” James Albano, another member of the board said. “What you consider affordable housing might be different than me. So what purpose does affordable housing serve in the language of the in the proposal?”
“The definition of affordable housing is that a person, a family, is not spending more than 30 percent of their gross monthly income on housing allowance,” Shank said.
That led Chiumento to offer a way forward: “I don’t want to wordsmith everything, but we are certainly agreeable to adding into recommendation to council that the appropriate language to address affordable housing as it needs to be defined in today’s world be addressed,” he said. The city “wants to address that issue. And if the language that’s in there today does not satisfy you, we can go back and work through the next few weeks with council and staff on getting accurate language in there.”
A motion to recommend the proposed DRI amendment without language addressing affordable housing failed, 3-2.
“So we’ve been on this board for a long time, we have never in all the meetings that I’ve been to have stated that there needs to be affordable housing in the project,” Albano said. “Why why are we cherry picking this project for affordable housing versus that 15 or 20 previous in the last two and a half years?”
“We’re not cherry picking this project,” Shank said. “We’re just holding this project to what the original DRI stated. We’re not changing it.”
The motion including the language restoring the inclusion of affordable housing passed, 4-1, with Shank, Charles Lemon, Dave Ferguson and Suzanne Nicholson in favor, and Albano opposed.
There will be three hearings before the City Council: one addressing the DRI amendment, and two regarding the more zoning-related master-planned development amendments.
If you thought the traffic in Palm Coast was bad you ain’t seen nothing yet. We will have more traffic, no street lights and of course no side walks. Great planning board, NOT, they can’t even correct what is wrong now and they continue to add more to their plates.
Tom Mutschler says
You got it right, but in the words of Ron White ” you can’t fix stupid”.
Ben Dover says
I have a brother dying of cancer I take him shopping at Walmart , the place is mobbed , you can look at the people and tell most are from Bunnell , they have no empathy, or manners , I almost got into a fist fight because one of them was blocking me from getting an electric cart to my brother who was clinging to a shelf about to fall and hit his head on hard floor, These moronic council members need to build a Walmart on US 1 near Bunnell , you cannot keeping on building houses without building more stores for people to shop in , and now they are getting Mafia like with trying to force lot owners to sell to these developers, trying to make them cut city owned grass in front of their lots , most don`t even live here , what are these thugs n the council going to do next start breaking knee caps to get people to sell out to developers?
Barbara Royere says
Palm Coast will be the new Orlando, more traffic, crime, no more land. The city official’s are running amuck
they don’t no how to say no more houses. STOP NOW. This used to be a nice place, the mayor & all city & county officials, have the love of money, yeah more taxes.
God help us all. Vote all of them out before we have nothing left.
Money raised by taxes fuels their thoughts. They don’t seem to care about the quality of life here anymore. Sad
Jeffrey Douglas says
Fact: this amendment is a modernization and transfer of existing approved traffic trips from one use to another. In other words, it will not produce any additional approved trips that were not paid for nearly 20 years ago. Please take a drive to Palm Coast Park and see the miles of wide and landscaped sidewalks along both sides of US-1. Please use and enjoy them and know that this development paid for them and then donated your fresh water well sites, Belle Terre Road Expansion & the I-95 Interchange that all citizens use. Adding to that, the owners will pay full transportation impact fees while keeping and paying for the maintenance of internal roads while their money subsidizes existing traffic issues for the balance of Palm Coast citizens who’s property taxes do not fully cover the cost of road expansion & repairs, utility replacement, swale maintenance & the lack of modern storm water structures etc. etc. This is not to say traffic will not increase because it will. Along with planned & paid for traffic trips, the ITT lots and general human existence will continue to produce traffic. The good news is, this is planned for via ample rights of way with future transportation impact fees to allocate.
Been to Ft. Lauderdale lately? They actually plan way ahead, more so than Palm Coast.
Kiss wildlife and quality of life good bye.
Palm Coast already can’t handle storm water and sewer services for the people we have, but they just keep adding more and more and more houses, but yet don’t apply the same effort and energy to bringing in new businesses and corporations out there on route 1.
Where are all of these people going to work?
Thank you for your common sense comments on this subject. I only wish our ELECTED officials would show some of the same.
Make Haste!!! says
QUICK!!! I see on Google maps There is still a spec of green on Palm Coast satellite view, Pave it! Before some oxygen is created via photosynthesis.
Concerned Citizen says
Where is the infra structure to support all of this?
From the article: “Since then, some $24 million worth of infrastructure has gone into the ground, Chiumento said, with $7 million contributed by the original developer, and the Matanzas Woods Parkway interchange resulting from it.”
very sad, another 2000 cars
need to pass 10 acre zoning like they did in the republican counties in NJ. Somerset,Warren….
1 house per 10 acres- 1 acre for the house 9 acres left natural. or 10 houses on 100 acres clustered onto 10 acres.
US-1 will need to be widened, speed limits reduced. There goes the green environment in that area.
I think it may be time for a redo of the comprehensive plan, as well as the planning board and certain city officials, who seem determined to race “the Villages” for population growth.
If we are lucky, the economy will collapse this summer, beginning with real estate, and the builders will once again disappear.
Dennis C Rathsam says
Where are these new people going to shop? All we have is a dollar general? Matanzas Wood Pkw can not handle all the new traffic.The road has many many potholes, closer to the roundabout cars rumble due to the wear & tear… Fix the roads Fix the traffic problem… Palm Coast council, the plannig board must be takin hush payments, to allow this to happen. Our hospital is over run with emergencies, mostly folks who cant get a doctor now, mine has a 2 week wait. You call this progress? I call it stupitity. Its obvious, the folk that run this town, dont give a good shit about us. 1/2 the roads in Palm Coast are in bad shape, fillng a pothole with baged of tar does not work, they fill it today tommorow is a hole again with the all the quick fix all over the street. Another waste of are tax dollars.
They talked about additional traffic on US1. What about all the extra traffic that will be on Palm Harbor Pkwy, Florida Park, Old Kings? We are going to need traffic lights at all the major intersections! Let me guess, $1.98 paid for impact fees. The roads are crumbling now and we can’t afford to fix them. What happens with all the additional traffic?
Linda Angresano says
It would really be nice to read about the board/city council members giving consideration on how to improve the infrastructure for the existing population before approving more homes and more traffic.
All the well-heeled folks from up north wanted to get away from their crowded cities.
They built homes here and now have to watch as Palm Coast devolves into an increasingly
crime-ridden, and overcrowded city.
Get out while you can still sell your house!
What a kick in the tuchus.
Are they kidding by approving this development? How are they going to handle the traffic which will be generated. We should have commercial development to provide jobs and a commercial tax base, not more houses. As Bugs Bunny said, what a bunch of maroons.
The whole county will be roof tops, traffic, crime, overcrowding, drugs, gangs, pavement, wow!!! Not one inch of natural woodlands left! Time to put my home for sale. All i hear now is police sirens every 5 minutes, going to be alot worse.
Joe: You haven’t lived until you hear the helicopters over your house doing the morning traffic report! It’s coming. More and more traffic lights and more and more sitting in traffic. Less and less wildlife, less and less nature to enjoy. Money hungry people know nothing else.
I guess it’s time for twenty more pizza joints and storage facilities !!!!
Celia Pugliese says
The Planning board, Planning Chief Tyner and the registered developers lobbyist former chief of the local Flagler Palm Coast Builders Association for many years (lets imagine that) https://flaglerlive.com/jason-delorenzo-development-chief/ now city chief of staff and community development for worst, keep on allowing increased density or original plans approved in this case from 3,600 to double at over 6,000 units and they do it by amendments to satisfy greed. Also lets remember that they are the masterminds along Carl Cote from engineering to have us pay from our utility funds the 22 millions probably was more when completed, for the sewer plant north of Palm Coast to serve this development with excuses to benefit the current residents. Then they imposed an increase in our utilities and now another increase just announced of 102% for storm water on us. DeLorenzo lies that the traffic to be increase will be as his words 10,000 trips in US1!…I ask were do you reassure only in US1? As usual Jason’s Bull! That traffic will increase from all over Palm Coast Parkway and also from Matanzas Parkway to Florida Park Drive , Clubhouse Drive to those over 6,000 plus homes to go to Island Walk and his disastrous Wawa just approved in the middle of the Parkway when not needed as we have two gas stations already within one block of each other there. These masterminds DeLorenzo, Tyner and Cote are destroying Palm Coast even when they approved that huge hospital in crowded Palm Coast Parkway that should have been in US1 instead. They are unprofessional and ill intended towards the residents and their skewed vision of were approval of growth and affected traffic will go only satisfies greed and we can guess who else. Residents have formally requested from the city clerk under Florida statute FOIA all communications ph, text, emails between DeLorenzo from a week before and a week after the disastrous approval Rezoning of the Harborside and yet the request have not been satisfied (not the city clerk’s fault she has to obey) no word…why? Transparency is vital as we demand to know how is all these increased density without proper infrastructure in place, being approved using rezoning, spot zoning, special exceptions and special amendments while residents are forced to pay for this growth and endure the consequences. Why NO to FOIA request? We the people want to know. Has Palm Coast also become a totalitarian administered city that ignore its residents pleads?
Richard Smith says
Never ends, Palm won’t be happy until ever vacated piece of land has a house or storage unit on it! Planning board GREAT JOB..
Jane E K says
Good ole Palm Coast. Continuing to destroy Flagler County since the early ’70s, and they still don’t get it.
Jay Tomm says
10K+ new people
6000-8000 new students
Massive increases in energy consumption
Massive increases in trash use
Right along the alt route to 95
Yeah this will be fun.
Celia Pugliese says
Are the city of Palm Coast Planning Board, Tyner, Bevan, DeLorenzo, Cote council and mayor guiding us with their nonsense rezoning’s, spot zoning’s, special exceptions and amendments plus their skewed traffic studies and total nonsense builders favoritism directing us to become Compton CA? https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/2021-802/index.html
The Matanzas Golf Course demise, Hospital on crowded median of Palm Coast Parkway, toxic radiation 5G cell towers 150 feet from our homes fought off and proposed again with total mischievousness , ending lease of the Green Lion that helped to make our PHGC successful and that residents loved it, having to wait over a month for hurricane debris FEMA funded to be collected while damaging our front lawns, ending the excellent service of Waste Pro for an unknown foreign owned FCC for a higher cost to residents, approval of the disastrous increase density and denying the resort destination of Harborside rezoning needed by Palmcoaster’s , A Wawa fuel depot destroying a professionals office building that serve us all forcing us to travel further for those services while increasing the traffic in FPD to the WAWA one more gas station amongst other two in only one block. Now considering to give us a 102% increase again in our utility used as cash cow for the favorite projects benefit in Town Center etc.. What else brain storm to destroy our Palm Coast? We demand transparency thru FOIA still unanswered. That millions in a flipper over Splash Pad and also the millions in some pickle ball courts while ignoring the need for improvement, repairs of the only two swimming pools for the community membership in this city. now unfairly eyeing to close it to the membership community! Enough is enough lets stick to the original codes an rules as Councilwoman Pointieri rightfully stated when she voted NO to the Harborside rezoning! I will add lets also respect the community vital needed amenities originally offered by ITT as a magnet to have us buy their homes on FL’s long hot summers! Some city and county six figures neophytes paid from our hard earned taxes are carving our demise.
How does traffic congestion affect to your health? The city does not want you to know. They consider knowledge in the hands of the public as being dangerous; the public might want to defend themselves. I have talked many times at the City Council Meeting about the “Health Harm of Traffic in Close Proximity to Homes” and the “Health Harm of Prolonged Exposure to Traffic Fumes/Dust/Noise” the city has yet to warm any parents as to what harm it could cause children. Shouldn’t the city warm parents what is harming their children so that they could seek proper medical advice or treatment? Infographic: Living Near Busy Roads or Traffic Pollution – https://envhealthcenters.usc.edu/infographics/infographic-living-near-busy-roads-or-traffic-pollution
Just another dumb decision from the planning board. I agree with what “Richard says”. It all boils down to one word, Greed.
Apparently the members of the planning board have no common sense, because IMO this is dumb. Add more homes to an area where there are no jobs of any substance and not fix the infrastructure that we have now that is all messed up. I think one of the
biggest problems PC has with the members of any government is lack of communication. No one in one department talks to the other department to get their input. They apparently do not listen to the citizens of the county at any of their public meetings that voice disagreement with them and they do whatever they want anyway. Again “GREED” is the description.
Deborah Coffey says
Complete failures. We’ve got no roads, no Trader Joe’s, no high paying jobs, and not enough of any kind of important and needed infrastructure. Just like they’re destroying the country, they’re destroying Palm Coast. Destruction is what they excel in.
Lisa M Sjonvall says
Out of control development in a town that cannot keep up! More taxes, less services, food stores have short supplies, how about you update the Walmart store that is filthy. Crime is climbing in leaps and bounds. I did not relocate 18 years ago to have to deal with over development and more crime!
The dude says
Where will the money come from to support all these half million dollar starter homes?
The current model for Palm Coast’s growth, undercharge developers for impact fees and depend on northerners with cushy retirements, is unsustainable.
The cushy retirements that make this growth possible are getting few and far between. And lord knows this city doesn’t have the jobs to do support these households and the exorbitant taxes and bills that are part of central Florida living. Pizza baking and lawn mowing just doesn’t pay that well.
Nephew Of Uncle Sam says
And there will still be no maternity services within 25 miles for all those new young families.
JOE D says
And not much in the way of urgent care or EMERGENCY PEDIATRIC services short of a drive to Jacksonville or South to Daytona. You can’t design a community to appeal to young professional families and use the original “retirement center” formulas I remember Palm Coast being marketed as, back in the 1980’s and 1990’s. If you want growth in the young professional population, you have to offer professional salary jobs, schools that excel, shopping services you don’t have to drive 10-20 miles for, and homes people can afford on $50k-80k salaries….try to find suitable, desirable homes in THAT affordability range in Flagler Co….good luck!
The dude says
There are no “new young families” moving here. There’s no jobs here that allow one to support a “new young family”.
Pizza baking and lawn mowing simply can’t put a “new young” family in a $500k starter home with gas prices 10% higher than surrounding areas, $6k in property taxes, and $4k in homeowner’s insurance.
I’m not sure how one mows enough lawns or bakes enough pizzas to meet that monthly nut and raise a new young family.
This area SHOULD be a mecca of manufacturing and technology resources feeding into Jacksonville and Orlando, instead it’s a manufacturing and technology desert, with a huge side helping of “GET OFF MY LAWN!!!”…
Lord help us all! Who in their right minds would approve ANY MORE BUILDING in Palm Coast without building schools first in order to house the amount of children that will be piling into our (already bursting at the seams) classrooms. I am a homeowner and am totally disgusted with what this once beautiful town has become. It’s a shame what these money hungry politicians have done to our homes. Not to mention the loss of habitat our wildlife has endured. To all the members of the board who approved this, you should all be ASHAMED of yourselves!
I’m still waiting for a good, logical explanation as to why we’ve had to ration water to water our lawns for 30+ years, yet development continues at an astronomical rate.
“A WMD [water management district] issues water restrictions when the water supply for that region may be endangered. To prevent severe shortages, lawn and landscape water restrictions are issued. Some WMDs have year-round water restrictions, whatever the weather conditions.”
— University of Florida website for Gardening Solutions
From National Geographic:
As if people will comply.
Well, commission, Chamber of Commerce, developers, what say you? Go ahead, give us truth and logic. I’ll continue to wait; you’ll continue to ignore.
jeffery c. seib says
Welcome to the big city. Palm Coast is not set up like the types of communities in Florida that can absorb lots and lots of new homes, cars, kids, etc., and not show. The model that Chiumento, and his city official pals Tyner and DeLorenzo are morphing us into is none other than…. Daytona Beach! Our water resources, our drainage and stormwater, our, at one time green environment, folks better get a good look at now because they will be checking out fast. The extremely sad fact is that the city staff responsible for the overall appearance of Palm Coast see house after house, car after car, with a tiny, token patch of green, as just the way they want it. The only way this can be stopped is to vote in people who have the guts to stand up to these guys. Three votes, at least, on the city council now will support anything the developers throw at them, and us.
Not totally against the housing growth, but come on. Schools are crowed, water & sewer services struggling, no maternity ward, emergency helicopter basically isnt available at night, lack of commercial & industrial… the list goes on.
Let's part says
This what happens when you have likely the most inept City Manager in the history of Palm Coast. Celia Pugliese I almost never agree with her but she sums it up exactly.
Cost of services are destined to double based on the current Manager decisions.
Sad for me……….
he we go again! what happen to this place! this place was to be a retirement place not a big city , this board lets all these big housing company to do whatever they want , we don’t need building if people want to live in a building they should move to daytona or jacksonville , we don’t need affordable housing – there no good jobs in this town ,most people drive out town for work ,if they can’t afford to live here then need to find a another place to live , we all no the only reason you want affordable housing its because the feds, they give you more money , we don’t need more housing its bad enough the traffic is getting worse, streets needs to be repaved , this council waste money like candy , we still paying in our taxes for court house, 10 millions on city hall ,8 million on community center that empty most of the time ,a bridge on state rd 100 that no one wanted or go anywhere , a water park thats broken that cost 5 million, and they word they want to build a 72 million amphitheater, are they crazy , every year they tell us to fill out a survey what the town needs , we been asking for street lights in these neighborhoods for years , no lights on major roads ,old king rd, whiteview , florida park ,etc people still have pep system but you won’t let them to tap in ,but you let big housing companies to tap in city water and sewer, i don’t no if these people have been in walmart lately how many low lives have been in there , crime will go up , more low lives moving in – when you have low income housing . this will happens ,i think every project in town the board wants, the people should vote on them ! we paying the taxes on these projects and please ! you can’t tell these guys building these new houses in town have license there all illegal workers . i think the feds need to come this town and investigate this city council and see where the money going and what there doing , P.S. they should build a big new plaze on rt 1 where traffic will be easier, like a new walmart ,etc
Dennis C Rathsam says
As all of Palm Coast complains about houses,traffic,streets that are a mess. Everyone here has spoken, nobody wants the crap the board wants. You all can see for yourself these people deaf, dumb & blind. They are killing P/C. We ellected them to serve, not destroy our city. All these fool have to go. Lets all get togeather and recall all of these mutain people with no ears. Our city is dying, Stuff Em In Alvin has put P/C in the toilet, the city council is about to pull the handel & flush our city in to the abisk.
In 2024 we need change PC council and cFlagler Cty commission and also elect those willing to replace some administrators so eager to approve rezoning, spot zoning and special exceptions and make amendments to our original residential zonings, codes and rules to benefit developers greed. Lets stop the fact to see administrators chatting with developers lawyers (while council vital arguments taking place) on the back wall of the city hall meeting. Those administrators that refuse transparency and do not provide FOIA requested from residents when asked in writing of all their communications before and after a rezoning to be, or fatally approved, against the affected residents opposition… and why?. How ever we residents won’t have to endure in the last 3 years 10 fold growth based in rezoning’s and especial exceptions while the city chief of staff is/was a registered Tallahassee lobbyist for builders while served as Director of the Palm Coast Flagler Builders Association for over 10 years, so was his cheerleader executive director of the recently resuscitated Regional Chamber of Commerce (and former Volusia Building Industry Association executive director) applauding these rezoning proposals in person in his 3 minutes to council? Easy to imagine why the residents opposition to most of these rezoning, etc. approvals go unheard! So lets vote for change, in spite of all the damage they can still do till 2024.
Sylvia G says
Insanity. Overcrowded. Traffic everywhere. Killing off our green areas. Killing off all of the wildlife. 7,000 more houses plus good know what! Palm Coast is no longer charming but crowded and over run. It’s going to look like st Aug on the 1. Our mayor and city planners are as gluttonous as they come. Isn’t being a realtor a bit of a conflict of interest ? Too many gas stations, car washes (all self service now) and storage units- let’s not forget all the mammoth sub par housing developments ripping people off. Shoddy construction- quickly slapped up. Our poor overcrowding Palm Coast. These builders don’t even leave the trees on the properties clear cut everything- far car from the developers of the 1990’s- 2000’s! Time to plan a move.
Just Say No! says
They destroyed PARADISE to put up a parking lot. When they’re voting on increased density around here PERHAPS THE CITY OF PALM COAST SHOULD CONSIDER A MORATORIUM ON DEVELOPMENT AND LOOK TO THE PRESENT, instead of the future. There’s much that’s needed to be done now, as the comments before me have stated, and it’s being ignored.
What, exactly are the Planning Board and Town Council thinking? Have you ever heard of the word overdeveloped? Where do you expect all the crap will go? How much fresh water is needed to flush out our already over-worked sewer systems? Can you define your use of the word infrastructure? Last time I checked, it refers to transportation systems, communication networks, sewage, water, and school systems, etc. NOT housing, housing and more housing. We’re destroying acres and acres of trees and misplacing the wildlife. The hurricanes will probably get more intense due to the fact that there won’t be anymore trees to hold back the winds, especially east of Interstate 95. The damage from over-development will be irreversible.
Please stop building this area is overcrowded enough and the infrastructure can not handle more development. We also need more parks or preservation areas set aside .
This city council has to go! How can you have a board made up of mostly realtors serve as an asset to our community? The only concern they care for is giving developers what they want for a reward in return. The building pattern surely shows that. The strain on the roads,traffic,hospital care and infrastructure will be at a standstill! Time has come to get rid of this council and vote them out. They are only caring for themselves.