A Controversial Residential Development in Washington County is Back on Track

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

CHIPLEY, FL 2/8/2012 -- After years of delays and months of tabled discussions, the controversial Rhythm Development in Washington County is finally moving forward.

"We're a long way from being finished, but this is a critical point," said Rhythm Developer J. Scott Henderson.

The county's Planning Board held a public hearing Tuesday night and voted to recommend that county commissioners approve the community.

Henderson was once again in the audience, and said he's happy to see some movement on the issue.

"It's very significant. We've worked very hard with this over the last four years," said Henderson.

But the vote didn't sit well with everyone.

"I truly believe it's the wrong location for such a project," said one Washington County resident.

"Use your good common sense. Do not be fooled by the Rhythm sales pitch," said another resident.

But the Development Board said it had to go by the book and vote for approval, saying Henderson's plans are in compliance with the law.

"It was a very tough decision. Our decision for approval was based on consistency and compliance both with our comprehensive plan and our land development code," said Planning Board Chairman Tonya Pippin.

Washington County commissioners will have the final say on the issue. They're expected to vote on it during their next regularly scheduled meeting February 16th.

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