wetlands

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Forest Bay Estates under wetlands scrutiny

Roughly 100 acres of discrepancy was more than neighbors and county commissioners could swallow, at least not without a closer look. So, development of the 284-lot subdivision Forest Bay Estates has been put on hold, at least temporarily. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

HBTS keeps watch over wetland developments

HBTS keeps watch over wetland developments

Wetlands throughout the Navarre area have unique protections through both state and federal agencies, but these agencies do not get boots-on-the-ground at every building site. In Holley by the Sea (HBTS), an extra set of eyes is double-checking. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

284 lot subdivision riling neighbors County Commissioners got an earful from concerned residents Tuesday morning as yet another subdivision development drew ire from neighbors. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

284 lot subdivision plan for Midway

284 lot subdivision plan for Midway

County commissioners will be asked this week to approve preliminary plats for construction of 284 single family homes in Midway near Edgewood Drive. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Primary access to the neighborhood will be off […]

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Wetlands whittled down in Holley by the Sea

Holley by the Sea homeowners Don and Marilyn Beyer discovered that their backyard is roughly 0.04 acres bigger than they thought, but the couple is not happy about it. That’s because the extra acreage along Redfield Drive came at the expense of local wetlands after a 2017 mistake by the seller not giving their builder […]

County revising Land Development Code

County revising Land Development Code

After years of complaints and questions from citizens throughout the county about how future growth will be managed, Santa Rosa Planning and Zoning Office officials will be working to update the county’s Land Development Code (LDC). The LDC is the decades-old guiding document for all building in Santa Rosa County, covering issues ranging from the […]

Wetlands 101

Wetlands 101

In 2018, Navarre Press featured a three-part series on the impacts of developing on wetlands. We present the three-parts here together.   Wetlands 101:Environmental impacts of development Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay   Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to […]

Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay

Continued loss of wetlands jeopardizes East Bay

Looking at county maps of suspected wetlands in the area of Holley by the Sea and East Bay, it is easy to see how development has impacted these areas. Large swaths of the land are light blue on the maps, indicating wetlands. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

Wetlands Part 2: East Bay water quality at risk

East Bay is a standout in terms of water quality, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but local Dave Roberts said that has changed over the years. Cutting a divide between Holley and Navarre, East Bay runs along the northern edge of Navarre before hooking up with other bays including Pensacola, Escambia and […]

Wetlands 101: Environmental impacts of development

Wetlands 101: Environmental impacts of development

Conversations about development in Santa Rosa County often turn to concerns from neighbors about flooding and the natural waters that flow throughout the county. Where will the water that is on the property go? How will this development impact existing flooding issues in established neighborhoods? What about the impact on the environment? Read the full […]

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

A procedural approval for Creet’s Landing subdivision turned to tension among county commissioners and residents of Whispering Pines Boulevard. During the board’s regular meeting on July 26, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson accused Commission Chairman Bob Cole of inserting himself into issues in Williamson’s district during discussion of the Creet’s Landing project. The highly contentious […]

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

Commissioners rein in developers’ housing plans

In yet another unusually high turnout, the Board of County Commissioners meeting hall was packed July 26 with residents of Santa Rosa County seeking to have their voices heard at the monthly Special Rezoning meeting. Many were there in favor of allowing a motocross facility to be opened in the north end of the county. […]

Subdivision gets go-ahead for higher density

Subdivision gets go-ahead for higher density

A new subdivision taking shape at the western edge of Holley by the Sea has gotten preliminary clearance to expand to 360 homes. Heather’s Place is being built by Henry Company Homes on about 417 acres. The three parcels that make up the development are located south of East Bay Boulevard and west of Edgewood […]

Two new housing developments planned

Two new housing developments planned

Proposed rezoning requests at last week’s county Zoning Board meeting revealed two more subdivisions planned for the Navarre area. The first is located on Bob Tolbert Road off U.S. Highway 98 down the street behind Holley Hills Pottery. The property is owned by Jimmy Tolbert. While a potential site plan was not included with the […]

Commissioners squelch move to force HBTS builder compliance

Commissioners squelch move to force HBTS builder compliance

Months of effort by county staff and residents of Holley by the Sea to hold builders accountable went up in smoke Thursday night as the Board of County Commissioners moved to scrap a proposed change to the building permit process that would verify that builders were indeed following federal and state wetlands regulations. Read the […]

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

Holley by the Sea wetlands regulation hits wall

All or nothing. That was the stance of the county Zoning Board May 11 as they voted unanimously against a procedure change that could improve stormwater drainage in the county’s largest flood-prone subdivision. The current version of a change in the building permit process would require builders in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) to provide […]

County works with HBTS to tackle drainage problems

County works with HBTS to tackle drainage problems

As county commissioners prepare to spend millions of dollars to improve drainage in Holley by the Sea, county staff members are coordinating with the Homeowners Association to better regulate how new construction will affect drainage in the neighborhood. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Utility distorts threat of sewer hookup ban

Utility distorts threat of sewer hookup ban

    The risk of a state-imposed regulatory moratorium on new sewer hookups by Holley-Navarre Water System is being exaggerated so the company can build a controversial wastewater treatment unit in the Williams Creek residential neighborhood. In persuading Santa Rosa County commissioners to approve HNWS’s request for a permit to build the $1 million disposal […]

Local-Option Sales Tax on November ballot

Local-Option Sales Tax on November ballot

Santa Rosa County Commissioners will again seek a local-option sales tax (LOST) in November to fund the building of a new courthouse on a site that has yet to be determined. The LOST would come on the heels of a gas tax implemented Jan. 1 that brought the taxes paid on gas from 6 cents […]

Holley by the Sea drainage study released

Holley by the Sea drainage study released

The $400,000 engineering study ordered up by Santa Rosa County commissioners at the urging of then county commissioner Jim Melvin, suggests more than $80 million in possible flood control measures for Holley by the Sea. The Holley by the Sea Drainage Improvements Project report (storm water study) is complete. It can be read at: http://hbtsnews.com/FullDrainageStudy.pdf […]

Flood control work could be ineffective

Flood control work could be ineffective

The $400,000 engineering study ordered up by Santa Rosa County commissioners two years ago suggests $60 million in possible flood control measures for Holley by the Sea but warns that some may not be worth the money. Several of the 30 projects cited by Baskerville Donovan Inc. as having stormwater prevention potential for residential neighborhoods, […]

Still no site picked for new courthouse

Still no site picked for new courthouse

Downtown Milton has emerged as the most likely site for the proposed new Santa Rosa County courthouse if the challenges of environmental permitting and stormwater control at the low-lying locale can be met. Although the county commissioners aren’t scheduled to vote on the location until early next year, three of the panel’s five members now […]

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

New Publix to preserve nearby wetlands

Construction of the planned new Publix-anchored Tiger Point Shopping Center may result in about 8 acres of green space in Holley by the Sea being preserved in its natural state. The seemingly unrelated development and the 400-acre green belt a few miles away in the nearby residential community are linked by state statutes that require […]

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

The floods of April 2014 illuminated flood-vulnerable areas and the lack of stormwater management in South Santa Rosa County. More than a year later, residents are still living in fear of when the next heavy storm system will flood their home. At this point, they feel it isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but a matter […]