don richards

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

Zoning Board split on 726 home development in Pace

After more than 3 hours of emotional debate and a meeting that ran past midnight, Zoning Board members could not come to a consensus regarding development of 726 homes along Woodbine Road in Pace called Lakes of Woodbine. The Santa Rosa County board room in Milton was packed with members of the impact fee and […]

Special swine guest tries to sway Zoning Board

Special swine guest tries to sway Zoning Board

Supporters of miniature pigs in Santa Rosa County gained a victory last night after the Zoning Board voted 5 to 1 to recommend approval of allowing the pigs in subdivisions. They got a little help from a special guest. Currently, all pigs are considered livestock under county ordinance. While residents may have a pet pig […]

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Wildlife refuge relocation moves forward

Despite neighbor complaints, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has moved one step closer to relocating its operations to Holley. The county Zoning Board recommended approval of rezoning for the 2.3-acre property last Thursday. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Shoreline setback could shorten for Santa Rosa

Shoreline setback could shorten for Santa Rosa

Discussion of shoreline setback regulations for Santa Rosa County by the Zoning Board Thursday, Nov. 10 may result in changes to the law regarding the 50-foot regulation to limit just how far construction can encroach toward the water. Data provided by the planning and development office showed that the board generally approves most requests. Between […]

Navarre Beach developers make their case

Navarre Beach developers make their case

Steve and Ann Hering get it: numerous neighbors of their would-be 60-house subdivision on Navarre Beach adamantly oppose the project, in part because the couple owes about $1.4 million in back property taxes. The Herings are all too aware that the building and zoning board has voted 6-1 against their request for variances that would […]

Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

Zoning Board says ‘no way’ to pet pigs

These little piggies need to find a new home. A Pace family may have to relocate their four pet pigs after a variance was denied by the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board Thursday, Aug. 11, to allow the pigs in a residential neighborhood. It was a close vote, split 3-3. The applicant, Joseph Passman said […]

Tiger Point residents gird for golf course fight

Tiger Point residents gird for golf course fight

Disappointed that Santa Rosa County commissioners have allowed the City of Gulf Breeze to renege on promises to rehab the defunct west course of its Tiger Point Golf Club, area residents vow to take the lead in pressing for compliance. The 180 or so owners of houses adjacent to the club will get a chance […]

City seeks second opinion on Tiger Point Golf

City seeks second opinion on Tiger Point Golf

Although City of Gulf Breeze leaders are considering the excuses made recently by Tiger Point Golf Club’s managing tenant for the facility’s deteriorated fairways and greens, they have hired a landscape architect to scrutinize conditions there. The city, which owns the club, brought in Atlantic Beach-based Robert Walker, who specializes in golf course inspections and […]

Get to know the Zoning Board

Get to know the Zoning Board

Created in 2011, the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board governs how land is used in Santa Rosa County. Whether building a grocery store in a neighborhood or digging a pit in the backyard, you will likely have to fill out a request with the Zoning Board. The board consists of two members for each district […]