Lake Winnemissett resident says no to storage facility

Astrid de Parry, Esq.

Editor, The Beacon: 

My identify is Astrid de Parry.  I dwell at 113 Lake Winnemissett Drive in DeLand.  I write in opposition to Vanacore Holdings’ software to vary the long run land use designation of 4.69 acres on the south aspect of State Highway 44 from City Low Depth (ULI) to Industrial (COM).  The aim of the land use modification is to allow building of an 89,900-square-foot mini-warehouse in my neighborhood to serve residence dwellers and residents of deed-restricted communities in different neighborhoods. The proposed restriction to restrict the business improvement to “89,900 sq. ft of mini-warehouse and self-storage house” by the use of a footnote to the Future Land Use Map does nothing to guard the character of my neighborhood from incompatible land makes use of.  As a substitute, it units a nasty precedent by expressly allowing the intrusion of incompatible land makes use of by way of a mere footnote to the Future Land Use Map.  Accordingly,  I urge the County Council to reject Vanacore Holdings’ land use modification and rezoning purposes.

One of many guiding rules of the county’s Complete Plan is to: “Present quite a lot of land makes use of ample to fulfill future wants whereas minimizing antagonistic impacts and disruption of current neighborhoods.” (See, Aim 1.3.1 of the Future Land Use Aspect.)  Thus, Coverage mandates the safety of residential neighborhoods and different residential areas from incompatible land makes use of equivalent to business and industrial makes use of.  The kind of safety might vary from panorama buffers to land use buffers to stop the situation of a specific land use close to a residential space.  Additional, Coverage explains that granting of economic zoning is just not essentially warranted on a given property by advantage of its location on the intersection of two roadways or alongside an arterial highway. 

The property in query is situated a few quarter-mile east of the intersection of Kepler Highway and S.R. 44.  The encircling properties include an emergency animal hospital to the west and single-family residences to the north, south and east.  The closest property with a Industrial land use designation lies a half-mile to the west close to the intersection with Voorhis Avenue.  The traditional definition of spot zoning is the method of singling out a small parcel of land for a use classification completely completely different from that of the encircling space for the advantage of the proprietor of such property and to the detriment of different house owners.  That’s exactly what Vanacore Holdings proposes to do right here. 

The applicant suggests the proposed land use modification could be good for the county as a result of a mini-warehouse would generate much less visitors than 18 single-family residences, which could in any other case be allowed on the property.  However, as workers notes, the precise density could be a lot much less when roads, utilities, panorama buffers, open house necessities, stormwater controls and different provisions of the County Land Improvement Code are utilized. However, there’s a huge distinction between permitting an 89,900-sq.-ft. mini-warehouse or 10-18 single-family residences to be in-built an space of predominantly City Low Depth (ULI) land makes use of.

On this regard, please be aware that mini-warehouses usually are not listed as permitted makes use of in any residential zoning classification. They’re solely allowed by particular exception within the B-4 Normal Industrial Classification.  They’re additionally allowed as principal permitted makes use of within the B-5 Heavy Industrial Classification with a most lot protection to not exceed 35 %.

The City Low Depth (ULI) land use designation is primarily a residential designation however can also enable neighborhood comfort makes use of and particular person workplace buildings as transitional makes use of.  With a purpose to be thought of suitable, the business improvement ought to replicate comparable visitors era, visitors patterns, constructing scale, landscaping, open house and buffers.  Right here, there is no such thing as a comparability between the constructing scale of an 89,900-sq.-ft. mini-warehouse and the common single-family residence in DeLand.  Even 10-18 single-family residences scattered throughout 4.69 acres would pale by comparability.

The 2-dimensional drawing introduced by the applicant to showcase the “stellar structure” of the proposed mini-warehouse doesn’t present a good and correct illustration of the particular dimension and scale of this improvement.  To get a real measure of this improvement, I in contrast it to some current buildings within the DeLand space.  In response to the Property Appraiser’s web site, the emergency animal hospital on the nook of S.R. 44 and Kepler Highway is just 7,585 sq. ft. The First Meeting of God DeLand on South Kepler Highway is 28,338 sq. ft. The Financial institution of America constructing on North Woodland Boulevard is 67,673 sq. ft.  DeLand Metropolis Corridor is 129,125 sq. ft., and the County Administration Constructing is 167,670 sq. ft.

Think about residing subsequent to one thing 10 occasions larger than the animal hospital, 3 times larger than the church, barely larger than the financial institution, barely smaller than Metropolis Corridor and nearly half the scale of the County Administration Constructing! Ask your self, would you fairly have that in your neighborhood or not more than 18 single-family residences and accent constructions.  I, for one, would fairly dwell subsequent to a home than a “luxurious, state-of-the-art, enclosed storage facility with stellar structure.”  I hope you’re feeling the identical and vote to reject this software on the grounds that it might represent spot planning in an space of predominantly City Low Depth (ULI) land makes use of and would introduce a use and depth incompatible with the encircling neighborhood.

One closing query: What’s the level of together with “self-storage house” within the record of permitted makes use of? Is that to permit for “car, boat, leisure automobile, trailer, motorbike and lightweight truck storage” which the applicant agreed to take away from the PUD? What precisely is the which means of “self-storage house,” and the way is that completely different from a mini-warehouse? 

Thanks to your courtesies on this regard.

Astrid de Parry



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