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Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 4:35 PM
To: Nancy Long
Subject: 8/28/2013 VTPO Board – proposed Pioneer interchange @ I95 Port Orange
Dear TPO Board Member,
The proposed Pioneer Trail interchange site is entirely located within the Pioneer CDD.
More than 10 years ago, the owners of the Stanaki Planned Unit Development, PUD, agreed to participate in the Volusia/Florida Forever program. Approximately 475 acres east of I-95 were ‘A’ listed within the Spruce Creek Project boundary.
ICI bought the approved Stanaki PUD. The Pioneer CDD was established as a taxing district on the property. The State of Florida granted PCDD taxing authority, and the right to issue tax-exempt bonds in the amount of $52.5 mil.
Then came the ICI agreement in which the County agreed to reimburse ICI for the cost of a 4 lane extension of Williamson Blvd to Pioneer Trail entirely within the CDD where there are no homes and no other development is served.
The dotted line east of I-95 is the 225 acres already acquired from Pioneer CDD as an addition to the Preserve. The Public paid $2 million more than the FDEP or Volusia County appraisals conducted before the establishment of the Pioneer CDD. This was to have included the development rights on the 225 acres acquired. Since then, Port Orange has transferred these development rights back to this seller. 30 acres of commercial was increased to 70 acres along with an increase in the number of dwelling units. The Woodhaven Comp Plan Amendment to further increase densities is scheduled for next month in Port Orange. This is in anticipation of the TPO Board granting access to state and federal funds for an interchange at Pioneer Trail.
These actions taken by elected officials continue to make it more expensive and difficult to protect Spruce Creek and to finish acquisition efforts within the Spruce Creek watershed. The dramatic increases in density handed out and contemplated spell out the destruction of existing transportation infrastructure and the mature community of Turnbull Bay. It is an unwarranted taking from the public and should be viewed with trepidation.
The Pioneer CDD is entitled to the zoning it purchased, so are the residents of Turnbull Bay. Compatibility is a component of the comp plans of both Volusia County and Port Orange. This interchange is most definitely not compatible.
Friends of Spruce Creek Preserve’s vision is the same as always, the acquisition of the remaining 250 acres east of I-95 as an addition to the Preserve. ICI says they are willing sellers. ICI would be a lot more willing if they weren’t getting an interchange.
2929 Turnbull Bay Road
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168