Ormond Reserve developers want to build 300 single-family homes on the former Tomoka Golf Club site in Ormond Beach.
This is the second time that the municipal authorities have examined the conversion of an old or potential golf course into a housing estate.
Golf courses are failing financially. Costs continue to rise, but golfers are reluctant to pay higher green fees.
This economic reality spared the developers of Plantation Oaks the obligation to build a golf course, so they added more homes to the project.
Ormond Reserve, unlike Plantation Oaks, is the site of a former golf course surrounded by homes.
Investors Carl Velie and Ray Barshay bought the golf course in 2021 for $2.6 million.
“The proposed residential development has been intentionally limited to ensure compatibility with existing housing sites surrounding the property,” Rob Merrell, an attorney for Cobb Cole, said in a letter to the city.
The 300 houses proposed on 147 acres would correspond to a density of 2.02 units per acre. City land use rules would allow up to 632 units, or 4.3 per acre on the property.
The density of the proposed houses would be lower than the existing houses on the site, which number 584 on 207.7 acres, or a density of 2.82 per acre.
City site plan review committee staff demanded that a homeowners association be responsible for maintaining the 50-foot buffer behind the houses. Merrell argued for individual property owners to be responsible for the portion of the buffer zone behind their property, but city staff cited past examples of people clear-cutting historic trees that should be preserved.
Plans for the project would double the city’s need for 15% natural preservation land, by planning for 30%.
The developers have agreed to comply with a request from city staff to show how the landscaping will cover gaps in the 50 foot buffer zone around the property.
Meanwhile, another project rejected by the city commission in a 1-4 vote in December has entered pre-bid discussions with the site plan review committee.
Tattersall’s previous proposal at Tymber Creek for 143 homes on 84 acres failed to gain approval from the Planning Board or the Municipal Commission. Too many houses stuck in space, drainage and circulation were the main criticisms.
The revised plans call for the construction of 129 houses and changes to reduce the impact on wetlands and the floodplain as well as the revision of the stormwater retention basin.
Commissioner Dwight Selby cast the only vote in favor of the project at the City Commission in December.
The Tomoka Reserve and Tattersall are at the start of the city’s comprehensive review process. Both must return to the site plan review committee, hold a neighborhood meeting, appear before the planning board, and then appear twice before the city commission.