SOUTH WALTON

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

SWCC OPPOSES PROPOSED DRAPER LAKE PUD SUBMITTED BY d r hORTON


D R Horton Project Description

D R Horton has applied for a Major Development Order (“MDO”) for a PUD containing 138 residential units in 46 triplexes and an additional Commercial tract. The subject 36.6-acre tract is located south of 30A, west of The Retreat Drive and bordering the Draper Coastal Dune Lake.

Per the proposed site plan in the MDO application, the project appears to be virtually a straight line of identical triplexes fronting 30A with a bare minimum setback and minimal to no variation in architectural design. D R Horton is a large tract builder, and this project appears to be a standard “cookie cutter” development. This project will have a negative impact to 30A’s quality of life as it is inconsistent with the character of the local area and other developments in the area.

If this development is approved as requested, the whole concept of 30A being a scenic road will be derailed.

As stated in the MDO application, the traffic study states this 30A corridor is already “Over Capacity”. The addition of a 138-unit project plus Commercial tract will put undue pressure on 30A traffic.

The project is located on Draper Lake, a coastal dune lake, which has recently been tested to be one of, if not the, cleanest and least polluted of the treasured coastal dune lakes along 30A. This 138-unit development on a previously undisturbed tract of vacant land will place significant pressure on the fragile ecosystem of Draper Lake.

Walton County Planning Department Review of Application

The Walton County Planning Department is reviewing D R Horton’s MDO application. A few of the key items are summarized below:

  • The project does not show requirements for “Innovative Design” that includes a unique design feature adopted to promote compatibility with adjacent residential areas.
  • The proposal requests several unacceptable deviations from development standards, such as zero building setbacks and other reductions in setbacks from the Walton County Development Code.
  • The proposed development does not meet the 30A Scenic Corridor guidelines.

South Walton Community Council opposes D R Horton’s application for the Draper Lake Development and strongly urges Walton County not to make any concessions or consider any variances to the applicable Development Code and/or Comp Plan in reviewing and/or considering this project.

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