Oppose the proposed amendment to the Future Land Use Map (CPA 20 -008).

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Oppose the proposed amendment to the Future Land Use Map (CPA 20 -008).

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Veronica DePretis started this petition to Nassau County Florida Planning and Zoning Board

**Please note, I am not looking for donations or contributions for this petition. I only seek to raise awareness and gain signatures from Nassau County FL residents to oppose changing the land use map. 

The application to change the existing FLUM designation form Medium density residential (MDR) and commercial (COM) to High Density Residential (HDR) would have a negative impact on neighboring residential neighborhoods, the zoned schools and transportation.

The builder has requested to change the FLUM designation for the property located on SR 17 in an effort to build an apartment complex consisting of 9 three story buildings that will house 270 apartments. 1/3 of which will be designated as "low income housing". The property will include entrances to the complex on both SR17 and Pinewood Drive.

Construction of the proposed area is not expected to be completed until 2025, this leaves residents in the area subject to noise, air pollution and construction vehicle impacts that were not addressed in county documents. More specifically many single family homes that exist on or around Pinewood Drive, Palm Tree Drive and all residents within the Pinewood Pointe/Hideaway HOA communities are well within the area that would reasonably be expected to endure these negative effects. Most notably the proposed entrance to the community on Pinewood Drive is of grave concern. Pinewood Drive is a very narrow road with limited markings. This roadway also includes a very sharp almost 90 degree turn that in normal vehicles can be very dangerous. The addition of construction vehicles on this road would be extremely hazardous without significant improvements and or the widening of this roadway. The same is true in the increase to traffic once construction is complete. In the Traffic study provided in the application it was noted that 27.5% of traffic coming from the new development would utilized Pinewood Drive to arrive or depart from the east end of SR200. As stated before this road would be made considerably more dangerous in its current state by adding this additional traffic.

On the subject of Schools, in a letter dated August 28th, 2020 Dr. Kathy Burns Superintendent of Schools issued a School Concurrency Deficiency Notice reporting that there is not sufficient School capacity for the project. This same letter gave the developer the opportunity to mitigate the impacts that were later agreed to be a payment in the amount of $1,347,132 to be made to enable the school district to maintain the level of service standard for school capacity this money is to be used for a school capacity project identified in the financially feasible five year district work plan. This agreement does not help our struggling schools now. Nassau County is growing and the county thus far has been unable to keep up with the demands of its residents. For example, Nassau County has 15 Public Schools in which all but 3 are either at capacity or overcapacity. The 3 schools that are listed In the Florida Inventory of School Houses as not at capacity are located on the very west side of the county. In Yulee South the area in which this project is proposed 5,922 housing units were approved to be constructed by 2020 of which only 3,210 have been completed leaving 2,712 Units pending development. Our schools are already overcrowded, we have homes that have already been approved for construction and we don’t currently have the space inside our schools to support them. Growth in our communities is inevitable and in most cases positive, however in the case of Nassau County we need to catch up with our infrastructure before we begin rezoning areas for homes that we cannot support.

Additionally, in regards to our schools students require safe and timely transportation to and from schools. Currently in Nassau County the schools are struggling to maintain School Bus Drivers. The job is demanding and quite honestly does not pay enough. Because of this routes are long, buses are crowded and will just become more crowded with this continued growth. At this point to support this project Nassau County Schools Transportation will be required to find space and or additional drivers to support a potential for 89 additional students. Again that’s just for this project, that number does not include the other already approved projects in South Yulee.

Finally, the business community has not caught up with the residential growth. More specifically child care centers. Nassau County does not have before or after school programs within their schools like many other counties. Because of this private childcare must be obtained.  Based on information gathered from the Florida department of children and Families website I was able to locate 6 childcare centers that supported the needs of students attending public schools in South Yulee. Those centers were listed as providing transportation to or from school, a service that is vital to working families. Between those 6 centers they are able to support an estimated 1,100 children. The FISH capacity reports for Yulee Elementary and Yulee primary schools alone account for 1,500 Children. This number does not include Wildlight Elementary where while that school is not zoned for the proposed development many of their students attend the daycares that are being referenced. Additionally the estimated 1,100 children that these centers can support include children who are not yet school aged. Nassau County, more specifically South Yulee does not have the childcare capacity. Parents are already struggling to find care for their children or having to make career changes to support this lack of service. Rezoning for this project would just add additional pressure to an already strained system.

We are asking the board to deny the request to rezone this area. Growth is encouraged where and when the growth can be supported. At this time, in this location the burden on the community and more importantly its children would be much too great

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