Orange Beach is considering a new Bear Point subdivision
(OBA®) – Orange Beach, AL – Orange Beach appears ready to give the green light to a 27-lot subdivision at the tip of Bear Point and east of Mississippi Avenue.
A public hearing on the subdivision during the joint council working session on July 6 drew no dissent from the audience, although there had been controversy over the subdivision when it was first proposed. Mayor Tony Kennon met with residents at the site on a recent Saturday morning in an effort to explain what the city can and cannot do about the developments.
“It’s not a plan that gives anyone something more than they should have, but it’s a better plan to create a better project,” Kennon said.
Additionally, during the meeting, Kennon addressed concerns about flooding at Bear Point following heavy rains on July 6.
On the Mississippi Avenue project, developers are calling for a planned unit development that is essentially a change in ordinance to allow them to slightly bend the zoning rules for residential developments. Building by law, or under zoning laws, would also mean only 27 new homes in the subdivision.
Only four or five of the lots will be smaller than the 9,000 square feet required and most will far exceed them. It will be a gated community and the owners will be responsible for maintaining the roads and rights of way. It will contain a common area for residents, a community jetty and three lots will be waterfront and will be allowed to build jetties. Most of the accommodations planned there will have four bedrooms.
A concern was raised at the June Planning Commission meeting on the PUD about a large parking lot and the developers agreed to include 22 spaces for overflow parking. The PUD received a favorable recommendation of 7-0 from the Planning Commission. The board should have the final say on any change in order.
BEAR POINT FLOOD
While it doesn’t look like heavy rain in most areas of Orange Beach, Bear Point received a downpour during the morning storm.
“While we got three inches here at town hall, Bear Point got six to eight inches in a very short time,” said Kit Alexander, director of community development. “It was a significant rain event, although it didn’t appear to be the case here. They have a lot of water.
Some of the pumps broke and others were blocked with trash, and homes around Low Drive and Mobile Avenue were threatened by rising waters. Kennon said the city will immediately start looking for a solution in the area.
“We’re going to think together and upgrade the pump system and hopefully find some grinder type pumps,” Kennon said. “The pumps are continually loading up with waste and burning. Hopefully we can find some kind of grinding system to minimize waste and flush it out, improve and pull some grades and realign it for better flow volume. We tackle the problem immediately and hope that if the parts are not saved, we will fix it as quickly as possible.
“Pumps aren’t cheap, but drainage is our job. We are taking care of it.”
During the ordinary session, the council:
- Eat Cities special event retail liquor license application approved for the “Sixth Annual Sweetest Chefs” on September 17th at The Wharf.
- Passed a resolution authorizing the execution of a professional services agreement with DuncanCounts for lobbying services for the sum of $ 4,000 per month plus expenses. DuncanCounts will provide lobbying services on matters of federal, state or local interest to the city.
- A resolution passed authorizing the execution of the venue and event agreement for the 2021 Southeastern Conference Women’s Football Championship. This year’s tournament will be held from October 30 to November 30. 6 at the Orange Beach sports complex.
- Passed a resolution authorizing the execution of a marina licensing agreement with The Wharf to store one of the town’s pump boats. The slip will cost the city $ 3.25 per foot per day as well as applicable lodging taxes.
- Passed a resolution awarding the offer for Hail HVAC repairs at the Orange Beach Events Center to Star Service for $ 214,975.
- Passed a resolution authorizing the execution of a grant award agreement with the National Audubon Society for the stewardship of breeding bird habitat on Alabama coastal beaches.
- Adoption of a resolution authorizing the execution of a service contract with Coastal Fire Solutions for alarm monitoring at the new adult fitness center.
- Passed a resolution authorizing a contract with McCollough Architecture for the design of the Sportsplex dashboard in an amount not to exceed $ 1,900.
- Passed a resolution authorizing the execution of a performance contract with Alex Huffman for golf instructional services.
During the working session, the council discussed:
- A resolution authorizing a contract with Thompson Engineering to perform design, tender and construction administration services for the repair / replacement of the Perdido Pass Seawall park in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally for an amount not to exceed 104,000 $.
- A resolution authorizing the execution of a work order with Sawgrass Consulting to provide the civil design, surveying, construction engineering and inspection of a Sail Camp waterfront promenade to GTs on the Bay for an amount not exceeding $ 28,500.
- A resolution authorizing a franchise of Bama Beach Shuttle taxis, to operate a shuttle service within the city limits and police jurisdiction of the city of Orange Beach.
- A resolution authorizing the execution of a professional services agreement with McCollough Architecture for architectural services.