Council passes concept plan for Summer Towne

Published on June 26, 2017 with No Comments

At the June Milton City Council meeting, the council passed a resolution for the Summer Towne Project, a $25 million development. Milton Planning Director Randy Jorgenson said the tremendous growth of Santa Rosa County, since the year 2000 has identified a need within the community and this development will help the growing need for housing for aging baby boomers. He said Summer Towne is a three-year phase development to address a 10-year potential senior care housing need in Santa Rosa County.

There will be a 10-block model home site along Long Street. Access will be provided by a Glover Lane bridging entrance in the southwest corner serving 96 apartments; a small bridge will connect 120 additional apartments and 20 townhomes, according to the plan.

A 132-unit development, which includes assisted and independent living units with a dementia wing, will have access through Lambert Lane, connected to Long Street and the Glover Lane entrances. The remaining eight Long Street model home lots will contain an additional 12 townhomes, said Jorgenson.

He said onsite amenities include outdoor recreation parks, playgrounds, pools and nature trails throughout the wetlands. There are 1.68 acres of commercial property reserved for future development.

“Infrastructure that is adequate to carry the need for the facility is found in close proximity,” Jorgenson said. “We do have some concerns about area hydrology and traffic, and one of the recommendations for the planning board is to ensure that those are addressed adequately.”

Jorgenson said the project developed and monitored properly will have a positive impact on the community providing needed housing for people of all ages and economic abilities. He noted all the housing will be at market rate and there are no public housing aspects of the development.

This concept plan is the first part of a three-phase process. It will bind the developer to do exactly what he has described in his concept plan.

“The land in question is generally known as 26 acres north of Milton Dodge, bounded by Glover Lane, Lambert Lane and Long Street,” Jorgenson said. “This is an undeveloped site covered with pine and hardwood trees; 50 percent of the land could be deemed wet, and the wetlands have been delineated.”

The planned development project (PDP) process is a local development approval process that culminates in a development order (resolution or ordinance) that is granted directly by the city council at a public hearing. Some general regulations for all PDPs:

  • All PDPs shall be initiated within one year after approval of the final plan.
  • The owner of the PDP shall provide and permanently maintain the areas required for landscaping and open spaced purposes.
  • The PDP owner is required to provide a detailed statement of assurances, including covenants, agreements, or other specific documents showing ownership and a method of providing perpetual maintenance.
  • Construction of all PDPs shall be completed within a designated period after approval of the final plan.

 

 

 

 

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