LUPIN UPDATE: Planning commission narrowly advances Inlet Beach development

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM.

Scott Shirley, representative of Haines O’Neil, a homeowner on Walton Magnolia Lane, stood up to speak on behalf of his client. He mentioned dune destruction, which was brought up at an earlier meeting but not resolved.
Planning Commission Chair Tom Terrell put a stop to that talk.

“That is not applicable to us tonight,” Terrell said. “I think that would be best addressed to the BCC, not the planning commission. The conceptual plan was already done.”

Terrell did say he would hear comments about the technical aspects of the project.

But comments from Shirley about the initial approval of the project, as well as the jumping in of Gary Vorbeck, a lawyer from the EBSCO side, led to a five minute recess, during which County Attorney Toni Craig, and the two lawyers spoke.

Shirley was allowed to speak after the recess, addressing the density of the project. He said there would need to be a change in the subdivision’s density.

Shirley’s co-council Tom Tomasello said the county violated its own comprehensive plan by allowing for more than two homes per acre.
Terrell said he doesn’t know anything about the density.

Three Inlet Beach residents spoke: one wanted to know what would be the impact of the new dune on the surrounding properties in the event of a storm, one asked to hear the coastal engineer speak, and one asked that minutes from the Feb. 23, 2010, meeting be studied and rehashed.
Terrell closed the public comment portion of the meeting.

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