PANAMA CITY — What has been called the Liberty Falls development has inched closer to becoming a reality.
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The Panama City Commission approved the final reading for an additional 13.5 acres to be added to the 943-acre residential and commercial project on Fire Tower Road — the northeastern part of Panama City off of Star Avenue.
Although no start date has been set, the development, which will include 1,900 residential units, will take a decade to complete.
“The first thing is to get the first two phases done, which is roughly 300 houses,” said City Manager Mark McQueen. “Once houses go in, we'll start seeing the commercial starting to take process.”
In total, according to city documents, the project is expected to have up to 62 acres for commercial use, “with that phase being planned later.”
Currently, the property, owned by Jim Anders of ACCL/Bay Properties, Inc., is vacant. The property has been changed from agriculture timberland use and zoning to urban community and planned unit development. Therefore, neither water nor sanitary sewer are currently available.
McQueen said there was not much comment on the project yet, as “this is all part of the planning and development. It's all designed to help with that part of the subdivision on the east side of Fire Tower Road.”
The nearly 1,000-acre property was one of a handful of zoning requests at Tuesday’s meeting.
The commission also approved the first reading of ordinances to annex and rezone property at 836 E. 25th St. The one-acre property will be general commercial use for duplexes.
The commission also approved the first reading for the land use designation change for a property at 919 Kraft Avenue. The owner, KSB Hobbs Enterprises Inc., plans to use the currently designated low-density property to expand commercial business.
Finally, the commission approved the first reading for similar ordinances for a property located at 2012 Lisenby Avenue. James Feltman, the owner, plans to use the property for commercial business and regional offices.
Panama City Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Bay County Government Center, 840 W. 11th Street.