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HIGH SPRINGS ‒ Two ordinances to amend the City of High Springs’ official zoning map were heard on second reading and approved in quasi-judicial public hearings during the Aug. 27 City Commission meeting.

The first to be considered was Ordinance 2020-07/Z 20-01 submitted by Jarrod Ryan Hingson and Crystal Courtney Hingson. Their application requested the City amend the Land Development Code’s Official Zoning Map from “IND” Industrial to R-1 Residential on 20.06 acres. According to the City, water is available on the property but sewer access is not. This application received unanimous approval by the Commission on first reading on Aug. 13. Although Commissioners Gloria James and Nancy Lavin were not in attendance at the Aug. 27 meeting, Commissioner Scott Jamison said he felt comfortable voting for this item since all five commissioners unanimously approved it on first reading.

The second amendment under consideration was Ordinance 2020-09/Z 20-03 submitted by Woodland III Ltd. The application requested the City amend the Land Development Code’s Official Zoning Map from “IND” Industrial to C-3 Commercial of 32.98 acres of land bordering the road known as Railroad Avenue in High Springs.

During the Aug. 13 meeting, Fire Chief Bruce Gillingham said that this property was heard and approved in 2006. The item was submitted to the Department of Community Affairs, but got tabled and swept up with Industrial-Commercial (Mixed Use) C3 zoning. This zoning request is consistent with the property to the north of it.

Dennis Lee appeared on behalf of Woodland III Ltd., but no questions were asked of him by Commissioners or staff. Although Gillingham did not testify during this public hearing, he stated previously that there was sewer access on Railroad Avenue.

Both items received second and final unanimous approval.

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