Port Orange could eventually see more than additional 550 apartments and several commercial projects on Williamson Boulevard.
The City Council will consider land-use changes for two separate sites east and west of Interstate 95 Tuesday night.
One project is The Springs at Port Orange, a multi-family complex with commercial outparcels across Williamson from The Pavilion at Port Orange. A second rezoning proposes a mix of apartments and commercial further north on Williamson, between the interstate and Willow Run Boulevard.
City leaders are expected to vote on the requests at a City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, 1000 City Center Cir., at 6:30 p.m.
Here's a look at both.
The Springs at Port Orange
City leaders will be asked to weigh a land-use change that would pave the way for The Springs at Port Orange, a 292-unit multi-family complex with outparcels across the street from The Pavilion at Port Orange, between Summer Trees Road and the White Palm luxury apartment complex.
CBL & Associates Properties, the firm that owns the Pavilion at Port Orange and the Volusia Mall, also has the roughly 30-acre property at 5400 S. Williamson Blvd.
Wisconsin-based Continental Properties has been in talks with city staff since September about the proposed project. Since then, the company has shrunk a request for 316 units down to 292, documents show.
The developer is asking city leaders to change the land development code so the developer can increase the percentage of residential use in the Planned Community Workplace District zoning category. Essentially, if passed, the change will make the property more residential than commercial, officials said.
The request also includes amending the landscape buffer requirements to eliminate the need for a berm and a fence, but require a tree buffer of 50 feet or more.
"They're going to have a huge, huge landscape buffer," planning board member Newton White said in a phone call Monday, noting he thought the project will be a good fit for the area. White said while traffic is always a concern in the area near the interstate, he thought this project is a good compromise between residential and commercial uses.
"It's a win-win," White said.
A proposed site plan shows plans for 12 buildings, a playground, a pool, two proposed outparcels for retail and restaurant use and an on-site car care and maintenance center.
Continental Properties launched the “Springs” brand of rental complexes in 2001 and operates at least 63 properties under that name across the Mideast and Midwest, nine in Florida.
Mayor Don Burnette said Monday he thinks the change in zoning a good idea.
“I think, back in the day, commercial would have been nice there,” Burnette said. “But the way the area's changed and developed, that would not be a very good fit there.”
The Springs "looks like a nice project,” Burnette said.
Mixed-use near Willow Run
Also on City Council's plate Tuesday night is a request to rezone a chunk of land at the corner of Williamson and Willow Run boulevards from several different zoning categories to Mixed-Use Center.
According to Volusia County Property Appraiser records, NLA Holdings, LLC, owns the roughly 35-acre property just north of where Williamson crosses over the interstate. City documents state the landowner wants to change the land use from three different designations — Urban High Density Residential, Urban Medium Density Residential and a tiny triangle of suburban residential — to Mixed Use Center zoning.
The request includes leaving about 5 acres as commercial along Williamson, while the mixed-use area would limit the residential units to 276 and the commercial use to 250,000 square feet.
Burnette said he was in the process of learning more about the request, adding: “On the surface it looks like we’re trying to improve our flexibility with that piece of land.”
So far, city documents state there are no current plans for the property. "The proposed amendment is part of a city effort to redistribute commercial development from the Taylor Road/Williamson Boulevard intersection area to the Willow Run Boulevard/Williamson Boulevard intersection," states a staff report signed by community development director Tim Burman.
In other words, the city seems to be trying to drag commercial zoning away from the intensive traffic on Dunlawton Avenue.