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County may keep condos off conservation land

The Volusia County Council is set to vote on a parkland leaseholder's 134-unit proposal
Gemini Springs Addition, St. Johns River Water Management District

Gemini Springs Addition, St. Johns River Water Management District

The Volusia County Council is scheduled to vote June 2 on a resolution barring private development on 100 acres of conservation land.

The county council acted after about 40 people walked out of a May 18 DeBary City Council meeting in a protest against development plans for the 100-acre parcel, known as the Gemini Springs Addition.

The City of DeBary plans to add the land, currently the property of the St. Johns River Water Management District, to its transit-oriented development (TOD) zone, entitling the property to residential and commercial uses.

No such development has been approved. The May 18 city council meeting, which about 100 people attended, was characterized as an informative discussion of a proposal to build apartments and commercial spaces the 100-acre parcel.

The land is located near the DeBary depot of the 61.5-mile SunRail commuter rail system linking Orlando and its suburbs. [The West Volusia Beacon] — Mike Seemuth