Help keep Point Washington Land Development Code intact
The Artisan Square Development proposed for Point Washington is on the agenda for Tuesday night's BCC meeting again. The Developer, Mr. Ono Horn, pulled it from the agenda last month after learning that the community was galvanizing against it. It is back on the agenda with no new changes to the proposed development. Mr. Horn is asking for 8 deviances from the Land Development Code in Point Washington. The proposed development would be on the corner of 395 and Eden Drive, and would include 5 residential lots and 15,456 square feet of commercial space including a restaurant. Last plan I saw had the restaurant at around 2,500 square feet. The deviances Mr. Horn is asking for from the Land Development Code include more than 2 times workplace uses, 2.5 times the commercial space, parallel parking along 395 and Eden drive, ingress and egress on both Eden drive and 395, reduced setbacks, reduced parking requirements, reduced green space requirements, and a deviance to allow special events.
If these deviances are approved by the board of Count Commissioners on Tuesday it will drastically change Historic Point Washington creating more traffic problems for residents, the churches, and the schools. It will also put a restaurant and commercial spaces right beside the schools and churches. The commercial spaces will either succeed which will drive thousands of people back to Historic Point Washington, or we will have another failed development sitting on this corner. In thinking about whether to sign this petition or not, think about the parking/density issues the proposed development will create, think about the safety of the school children, think about the safety of church goers, and think about the safety of every resident living back in Point Washington. A development like this will strive to drive tourists off the beaches in the summer months and back in to Historic Point Washington. If it is approved it will set a precedent for future development in all of Point Washington.