Developers take third run at subdivision in eastern Orange Beach
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on October 11
(OBA®) – Orange Beach, AL – A group seeking to develop a plot of land at the northeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Canal Road returns to the Orange Beach Planning Commission after a second plan was rejected by city council on Jun 15. Council expressed concern about parking in the development.
The plan presented in June called for 24 single-family lots but also requested exemptions from the zoning ordinance regarding setbacks, lot sizes and the percentage of land covered by houses, among others.
Now the developers have come back with a plan that calls for 15 single-family lots and multi-family apartments containing 18 units. The apartments will be built on the Canal Road side. There will be a public hearing and a review of the site plan on the plans.
Additionally, during the meeting, the commission will hear about plans for a 108-unit condo and marina complex just east of the Port Washington plot on Terry Cove. And Surf Style is looking to build another store in Orange Beach, just east of Cotton’s Restaurant, on the north side of Beach Road.
On Port Washington, council rejected June’s plan to use the street right-of-way to meet the required number of parking spaces.
“Priority parking belittles the whole development,” City Councilor Jerry Johnson said at the June 15 meeting. “When you allow priority parking, it means you park in front of the house. It means it’s just another Cypress Village. I love Cypress Village, I love the amenities but there was never enough parking. You are on a lot of postage stamps. And that’s what they’re offering here. Reduce setbacks and reduce square footage (of lots).
A bustling crowd from the East Orange Beach neighborhood turned up for the June 14 Planning Commission meeting, and 24 of them spoke out against Port Washington. The committee gave it an unfavorable recommendation at that meeting, 3-4, and the board unanimously rejected it, 6-0 the next day.
Another plan was rejected in 2016 over concerns from neighbors about the lanes of the outgoing subdivision onto Washington Boulevard. The plan presented in June included two accesses out of the subdivision to the roadway.
Developer Ray Nestlehutt will seek approval of a site plan application for a mixed unit development at the south end of Captain Trent Lane on a land zoned resort. Plans call for 108 condos, 36 apartment units, a marina with wet slides and dry storage, restaurants, retail and commercial space, and a parking garage. It is directly east of the Walker Key development.
In addition, on October 11, the commission:
- Consider a site plan for a new 23,000 square foot Surf Style store at the corner of Perdido Beach Boulevard and Russell Drive. Surf Style has two stores in Orange Beach, two in Gulf Shores, including an Island Market on East Beach Boulevard, Trading Co. stores in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and a Surf Style store in Perdido Key. They belong to the same owners as the Hangout Hospitality group.
- Hold a public hearing for the property subdivision at East Orange Beach. Thomas and Rhonda Davidson are seeking to resubdivide Lot 7 of the Emerald Point Subdivision and Lots 1-6 of the East Orange Beach Subdivision into four lots. They are located at 5411 and 5413 Magnolia Circle.