St. Joe pitches 110,000-acre development plan

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These renderings show what a portion of the St. Joe Project could look like.

Courtesy St. Joe Co. | Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 03:30 PM.

Bay and Walton County planning officials have a hefty application to sift through in the coming months.

The St. Joe Co. submitted its 600-plus page Bay-Walton Sector Plan application to the counties Friday, outlining a 50-year vision for a roughly 110,000-acre area, which covers about 172 square miles.

St. Joe’s concept centers on developing pocketed residential communities with a focus on retired, active adults, and commercial town centers to support the residents’ needs.

The proposal is an extension of the existing 75,000-acre West Bay Sector Plan adopted in 2002, and, if approved, will serve as a long-term planning tool for St. Joe, company officials said.

St.Joe Chief Executive Officer Park Brady said the plan presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity for both the company and the community.

“It’s really unique, and the reason it becomes unique is that no one else owns 110,000 acres in a local community,” Brady said. “We could have done this in pieces … but we felt that it’s better off for the community and us to have a guide.”

St.Joe Senior Vice President Jorge Gonzalez said the process now will be governed by the counties, which will be holding a series of workshops, meetings and public hearings to discuss the application.

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