D R Horton Project Description
D R Horton has applied for a Major Development Order (“MDO”) for a PUD containing 186 residential units in 62 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 186-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 186-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 has reviewed D R Horton’s MDO application and found three pages of discrepancies from the Walton County Comp Plan and Development Code. The formal document is attached .A few of the key items are summarized below:
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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