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Walton County Approves Commercial Project on County Road 30A

FREEPORT – A unanimous vote by the Walton County Technical Review Committee on Wednesday paved the way for commercial development on County Road 30A at Tanglewood Drive.

Panama City Beach-based developer Nissim Afuta’s plan calls for the construction of a 6,233 square foot one-story structure on 0.80 acre land on the west side of CR 30A, about a mile south from its western intersection with the US Highway. 98. There is a mix of land uses in the area, including residential properties, and residents of the area have expressed concerns about previous versions of the proposal.

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The proposal had already been submitted to the Technical Review Committee (TRC), and following feedback from the neighborhood, Afuta and the engineering firm working with him, Nautilus Civil Engineers, based in Santa Rosa Beach, redesigned the project. .

As approved on Wednesday, the project now includes entry and exit points along CR 30A and Tanglewood Drive, as well as nearly two dozen internal parking spaces and increased attention to the site’s vegetation.

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Going forward, however, will require the developer to pay just over $ 61,000 as a “proportional fair share” of the projected impact of the development on transportation infrastructure in the immediate area. In addition, Afuta underwent a “preservation buyout” assessment – a reflection of the project’s impact on the natural environment, before work could begin.

Since the project is classified as “minor development” under county regulations, it will not require any review or decision by the Walton County Council of Commissioners. It will, however, have to meet construction requirements and other necessary permits to continue moving forward.

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TRC votes to move plans for Greg Orr Porsche dealership

On Wednesday, the TRC voted to move plans for a car dealership – proposed for the south side of US Highway 98 east of Don Bishop Road and west of Sugar Drive – forward for the September meeting. of the Design Review Board, the next step in the development review process.

Greg Orr Porsche is currently planned as a 28,450 square foot structure, comprising a showroom, service and office spaces and associated infrastructure on a 3.44 acre lot.

Plans for the dealership had been filed earlier by the county for a redesign, and TRC members learned on Wednesday that Porsche itself had requested a redesign of the plan.

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And at a January TRC meeting, Walton County Planning Director Mac Carpenter questioned whether the concessionaire could be authorized on the US 98 portion of the Scenic Corridor.

David Smith of Innerlight Engineering, the Miramar Beach firm working with Orr, told TRC on Wednesday that the firm was responding to a number of questions included in a report from planning staff on the proposal, including issues related to the presence of the concessionaire on the panoramic corridor. .

Some of the issues that must be addressed for the site include the location of parking spaces, required vegetation and signage.

Addressing the engineering firm’s work on planning staff questions, Smith told TRC members that the firm was “in great shape to respond” just before the committee’s decision to send the proposal to the Board of Directors. design review.

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