Clay County Commission votes to rezone rural residential land for commercial use

Lauren Fox
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Clay County commissioners voted Tuesday to rezone 7.5 acres of agricultural residential land in Green Cove Springs land for commercial use.

Located off County Road 315 in Green Cove Springs, the “flex-space warehouse project” would allow for an approximately 130,600-square-foot building that could be three to four stories tall. The two parcels that were rezoned sit between Business Park Court and a single-family home, putting it on the border of other rural residential land and commercial and industrial spaces.

The development will likely be rented out to multiple businesses for a variety of commercial uses.

“I do think it's a great project,” Commissioner Kristen Burke commented. “I’m very excited anytime we can think about jobs coming to the area and letting people stay here to work.”

Calling the project “open zoning,” Planning Commissioner Ralph Puckhaber voted not to recommend approval of the development during a May 2 planning commission meeting. Puckhaber commented that the applicant’s request to rezone opened the space to become a wide variety of things and that the county could not control which type of business the space could become.

The developer’s agent, Frank Miller, explained the development was meant to be a “job generator” and that rezoning the land as commercial allowed many different businesses to rent out the space.

Commissioner voted 4-0 to approve the rezoning, lacking a vote from Commissioner Jim Renninger who was not in attendance.

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Lauren Fox is a Florida-born and raised journalist covering Clay County's growth, environment, people and beyond.

Jacksonville, FL

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