LUPIN UPDATE: Planning commission narrowly advances Inlet Beach development

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

The county did include verbiage in its policy that specifically deals with property owned before Nov. 7, 1996. It states that if the CPZ “regulations render a property owner unable to build a single family dwelling unit on an existing lot or parcel … that lies wholly within the CPZ, then the owner shall be allowed to construct a single-family residential dwelling unit, provided that the owner complies with all permit requirements…”

The CCCL and CPZ were designated to protect the beach, and Connelly fears the development as it exists now is contrary to that aim. He worries that some of the to-be-built coastal homes will aggravate the erosion of the beach and the dune system. He referenced the surrounding homes after Hurricane Dennis, which were damaged structurally, with much erosion under the homes.

But even with the potential for beach damage, Connelly says he understands Comer’s stance.

“I’m not antidevelopment,” said Connelly to clarify. “If I had this property, I’d want to be developing it too.”

He said his problem lies more with the powers that be at the county level and is a matter of them following their own guidelines: “It’s because it’s Walton County, and what they are not doing.”

The project will come before the county’s planning commission for approval of aspects such as storm water Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at the South Walton Courthouse Annex.

Connelly called this “an opportunity for (Planning and Development Services Division Director Wayne) Dyess to do the right thing” and vote down moving forward on the project at the Thursday meeting. The planning commission will vote to make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for their final approval of the project at the Nov. 13 meeting at the South Walton Courthouse Annex.

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