LUPIN UPDATE: Planning commission narrowly advances Inlet Beach development

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

However, Walton County ordinances state “the county shall issue no development order or permit for construction on a new parcel (that is, a parcel created after November 7, 1996) if such new parcel lies entirely seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line.”

Seaward of the CCCL is the Coastal Protection Zone, whichextends from the Gulf to the inland “toe” of the dune closest to the water. The toe is where the dune begins rising from the sand.

Development is permitted within the CPZ, though “development shall be limited to boardwalks, shoreline access structures, and erosion control measures that will enhance and protect the dune system.”

The development calls for 20 houses situated on 6.36 acres in one of the easternmost parts of Walton County off Walton Magnolia Lane, abutting Camp Helen State Park. The development’s conceptual plans include nine beachfront homes in the CCCL, which have become the objectionable aspects of the project.

“It’s a controversial project here,” said James Connelly, who owns a unit at close-by Shoreline 9 Townhomes. “Any time you build by the Gulf, it’s controversial.”

Though the commissioners approved the project conceptually in 2010, Connelly says they shouldn’t have, as it goes against the county’s land development code and comprehensive plans. With nine of the homes seaward of the CCCL and “at least four completely within the Coastal Protection Zone,” Connelly says it is not in compliance, though EBSCO’s Vice President of Commercial Construction Eddie Foster disagrees.

“It is in full compliance of the comprehensive plan and land development codes,” said Foster.

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