Old Kings Villages Development Approved by City After Developer and HOA Come to Agreements

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Tuesday January 16th, 2024 Palm Coast – Today during the city meeting, the Palm Coast City Council heard ordinances of the second read, which had been postponed from the December meetings, regarding the Old Kings Villages Development near Polo Club West.

During the brief project summary staff gave a brief rundown of events leading up to today’s meeting, followed by the applicant’s attorney, Michael Chiumento, and a representative from the HOA who both stated on record that they had come to a complete agreement and both parties had agreed to terms which would satisfy both parties moving forward with the development. The development will be single family homes, no more than 210 homes on the 62.3 acres. The 25 foot buffer will remain in place surround the development, as well as the reduction of the commercial area of the development from Commercial 2 to Commercial 1. The Comprehensive plan amendments were passed by council 5-0.

Following this was the rezoning hearing for the exact same development. The Flagler County Assistant Attorney was present to brief council on the wishes of Flagler County BOCC before the council voted on the rezoning. Michael Chiumento, representative for the developer, did state that the developer and the county are still in discussion about some of the conceptual comprehensive plan issues, and the developer will continue to work with the county. The City Council voted on the motion to approve the zoning changes, which passed 5-0.

The council also voted on the amendment to the future land use map for 6 acres from Greenbelt to Mixed Use for 30,000 sq. ft. for Commercial use. This area is on US-1 and Belle Terre. This was the second read on the subject by City Council, which passed 5-0. The same 6 acre parcel was also heard for rezoning. The rezoning of the parcel was also a second read. The Council made a motion to approve the rezoning and the item was passed 5-0.

Council heard the first read for an amendment to the Town Center at Palm Coast Planned Unit Development Development Agreement. The amendment, according to staff presentation, will bring consistency to the types of residential uses permitted in the Town Center PUD, by eliminating the distinction between fee-simple and common ownership multi-family residential units. It will also allow Data Centers as a permitted use in Town Service. Providing additional guidelines and criteria for mixed use buildings as well as creating rules for fencings and walls for security and safety, and other housekeeping items. The council ultimately decided to approve the amendment 5-0. The council also heard on the same development’s proposed DRI-DO (Development of Regional Impact – Development Order). This request to the council  is to converts 114, 583 sq. ft. of office use space to residential units, allowing for an additional 275 dwelling units. The council moved to approve the change in a vote which passed 4-1.

During the consent agenda, contracts with a myriad of businesses, including a lease with local restaurant Redefined Food Co., were approved across the board in a 5-0 vote.

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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