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Reynolds Park property owner asks Green Cove Springs to annex 41.5 acres

By Don Coble don@claytodayonline.com
Posted 3/9/23

The Green Cove Springs City Council pushed a proposal to annex 71.48 acres in Reynolds Park to a second and final reading during its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

Property owners Lyman and …

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Reynolds Park property owner asks Green Cove Springs to annex 41.5 acres


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The Green Cove Springs City Council pushed a proposal to annex 71.48 acres in Reynolds Park to a second and final reading during its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

Property owners Lyman and Virginia Hall asked for three parcels along County Road 209 at Reynolds Park to be moved from the county and into the city limits. The lots are 3.44, 28.82 and 39.23 acres.

The sites are undeveloped and heavily wooded.

The City’s staff recommended the annexation after public notices appeared in Clay Today on Feb. 16 and 23 without any pushback.

If the application is approved at the next meeting, the 3.44-acre property will be included in the city limits. Currently, three sides of the property abut the City, while one side is sided by county land. The 28.82-acre lot is bounded by U.S. Highway 17 to the north and CR 209 to the east. And the 39.23-acre parcel is divided by CR 209.

The properties currently are zoned heavy industrial by the county. The Halls would like them to be re-zoned as general business and mixed-use by the City.

The council approved the first reading, 4-0. Councilman Ed Gaw was absent.

In other business, the council also approved the first reading of an ordinance that would reduce the mandatory size of property frontage in low-density residential areas from 70 feet to 50 feet.

Staff recommended the change since many parcels in the areas along Pine Avenue between Governors Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Cypress Avenue between Grove Street and MLK and MLK and Forbes Street and Oakridge Avenue are only 50 feet wide.

The staff said, “In an effort to create an orderly, logical, desirable, and efficient pattern of growth, City staff is proposing the creation of a new Residential Zoning District (R-1A) within the City’s low density residential category that is consistent with the existing development pattern. As discussed during the September Planning Commission meeting, In certain residential areas of the City that are zoned R-1, the minimum lot width and lot areas are not in compliance with the zoning requirements” in its report to the council.

The council’s next meeting is March 21.