Controversial Development Delayed Again

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

CHIPLEY, FL 11/22/2011 --

Another delay for the people behind a controversial development in southern Washington County. Committee members say they need more time to review the proposal before giving a recommendation.

Rhythm Development Project Manager Scott Henderson hoped to make some sort of progress with Washington County commissioners Monday morning. But again, the project ran into another delay.

"We continue to be frustrated, but we do want to look at moving forward. We've been at this for three and a half years," said Henderson.

Last month, Bay County commissioners sent a letter of concern to Washington County, worried the development could contaminate the Econfina Watershed. That caused the Washington County Planning Committee to delay the November 4th public hearing, and now another delay.

"They're (Planning Committee) trying to address the concerns and we want to be solid on that," said Planning Director Mike DeFruntz.

Fruntz said he's not sure how long that could take.

"It could be next month or it could be the following month, but it's going to depend on the applicant getting with Bay County and giving them the necessary assurance," said Defruntz.

The Planning Committee will hold another public hearing December 6th, then should have a recommendation ready for commissioners on December 21st.

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