The request has validity, but residents are strongly against it. Council members could lose no matter which way they vote.
"Development of this density requires several steps in the approval process; the NOPC application is the first of those steps. Later, the Applicant must process a site plan and/or preliminary plat and final plat, and final engineering of proposed development area, including such things as building setbacks, building height, configuration of roadways, structures, parking aisles and spaces, storm water retention, landscaping, open spaces, etc. Each stage of the process involves opportunity for public participation, which may include public notices, public hearings, and other forums for distribution of information and acceptance of public comment. For the Hammock Dunes DRI, the NOPC simply addresses the reallocation of density, while the Site Plan Application, Preliminary Plat Application, Final Plat Application, and Land Development and Building Permit Applications will address the remaining development and construction aspects. No development can begin before all of these processes are complete. In addition to these governmental processes, additional permits may be required from regulatory agencies and governmental entities, such as the St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida Department of Transportation, Flagler County Engineering, Flagler County Growth Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and others, as necessary."