The Davis family is preparing for a future signature project exceeding 5,000 acres in South Jacksonville.
Jed Davis, the son of A. Dano Davis and grandson of J.E. Davis, former chairs of Winn-Dixie, is leading efforts to turn the undeveloped property east of Interstate 295 in Southside into residential property.
The Jacksonville Planning Commission recommended approval June 18 for Ordinance 2020-162 to change the land use of 2,795½ acres northeast of Philips Highway and E-Town Parkway from agriculture to low-density residential to allow a higher density of residential development than currently allowed.
Companion Ordinance 2020-163 would rezone the property from agriculture to rural residential-acre, which limits the lot size to a minimum of 1 acre. The property, with about 1,400 feet of frontage on Philips Highway, stretches north from Nocatee for about 4 miles.
In addition, Ordinance 2020-164 also was recommended for a large-scale land use amendment for contiguous property – 2,512.23 acres south of Butler Boulevard and the Skinner family’s Southeast Quadrant mixed-use development. It is west of the Pablo Creek preserve and east of eTown and Atlantic Coast High School.
It would change from agriculture to low-density residential for residential development. Companion Ordinance 2020-165 would rezone the property from agriculture to rural residential-acre.
Both properties are owned by the Davis family through Estuary LLC, led by Jed Davis. The contiguous properties total 5,307.73 acres with more than 51 percent, or 2,750.2 acres, designated as wetland.
The proposed land use and zoning are holding designations for a long-term master development plan.
Future land use amendments and rezonings for mixed uses on the property will follow a conceptual development plan, with the exception of 600 acres that can be changed prior to conceptual master plan approval.
The Planning and Development Department also can administratively approve revisions if changes follow approved densities and intensities.
The Planning Commission approved zoning exceptions for:
• IBEX Ethiopian Kitchen Inc. at 5111 Baymeadows Road, northwest of Old Kings Road South and Baymeadows Road in a shopping center, to allow the retail sale and service of all alcoholic beverages in conjunction with a restaurant. The restaurant current holds a license to serve beer and wine.
• My Bar LLC at 1241 Eastport Road, northeast of Pulaski and Eastport roads, to allow the retail sale of beer and wine for on-site consumption within 1,623 square feet of a 4,085-square-foot commercial building owned by Duval Royal Investments Inc., associated with Sleiman Enterprises. The space had been a bar in the past. A companion waiver of liquor distance reduced the allowable distance from the Eastport Baptist Church at 1322 Eastport Road from 1,500 feet to 754 feet.
• Chick-fil-A Inc. at 3814 University Blvd. W., southeast of Chester Avenue and University Boulevard West, to allow outside seating at a proposed 4,966-square-foot building on the site of the former Krispy Kreme doughnut shop that closed in 2016.
• Starbucks Coffee Co. at 5640 San Jose Blvd., northwest of University Boulevard West and San Jose Boulevard in Lakewood, to allow outside seating. The existing Starbucks at 1500-1 University Blvd. W. plans to relocate. The existing vacant gas station will be demolished to allow for a new structure.
• Modwelling LLC along the north side of Beach Boulevard at Pottsburg Creek, to allow a mixed-use development on 1.44 acres zoned commercial community/general-1 for 18 multifamily units and 5,800 square feet of commercial use. A condition of the exception requires the commercial portion must be constructed prior to building more than nine residential units.
• La Bodega Original LLC at 4603 Shirley Ave., No. 4541-1, northeast of Blanding Boulevard and Shirley Avenue in the Riverside Village Shopping Center, to allow outside seating at the rear of the restaurant.
• Subaru of Jacksonville at 10800 Atlantic Blvd., to expand facilities along St. Johns Bluff Road on 6.13 undeveloped acres at southeast Atlantic Boulevard and St. Johns Bluff Road. The exception allows auto repair services and the sale of new and used cars.
Land use amendments and rezoning recommendations
The Planning Commission recommended approval for land use and zoning changes for:
• Ordinance 2019-801, which seeks to rezone 0.48 acres at 3838 St. Augustine Road, between Brewster and Booker roads, to allow the sale and service of cars and trucks. It would change from commercial community/general-1 to planned unit development allowing specific uses.
• Ordinance 2020-128, which seeks a large-scale land use amendment for 59.06 acres along the south side of Jones Branch Circle, southwest of Pritchard Road and Interstate 295. It would change from community/general commercial to light industrial and conservation to allow for truck parking and storage for Robert’s Diesel Service Inc. and the conservation of 5.17 acres of conservation along Sixmile Creek. A companion application, Ordinance 2020-129, seeks to rezone from planned unit development to industrial light and conservation.
• Ordinance 2020-130, which seeks a large-scale land use amendment for 36.35 acres along the east side of New Berlin Road, between the New Berlin Model Airplane Field and Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. It would change from agriculture-III to light industrial to allow compliance of the existing nonconforming outdoor storage use. Companion Ordinance 2020-131 would rezone the property from agriculture to industrial light.
• Ordinance 2020-132, which seeks a small-scale land use amendment for 6½ acres at 1320 Chaffee Road S., along the west side of Chaffee Road and between I-10 and Panther Creek Parkway. It would change from low-density residential to community/general commercial to allow the conversion of the existing First Baptist Church West Jacksonville to the Final Waters LLC funeral home without a crematorium. Companion Ordinance 2020-133 would rezone the property from residential rural-1 to commercial/community general-1.
• Ordinance 2020-134, which seeks to rezone 0.62 undeveloped acres at 2185 Edgewood Ave. W. to allow AKA Auto Sales to sell used cars. It would change from commercial community/general-1 to commercial community/general-2.
• Ordinance 2020-166, which seeks a large-scale land use amendment for 53.44 acres at 7046 and 7059 Ramona Blvd., southeast of I-10 and I-295. It would change from recreation/open space, conservation, community/general commercial and low density residential to medium density residential on 34.5 acres on the northern portion and conservation on 18.94 acres in the south to allow multifamily and conservation uses. Companion Ordinance 2020-167 would rezone the property from residential low density-60 and PUD to residential medium density-D and conservation.
• Ordinance 2020-168, which seeks a large-scale land use amendment for 19.55 acres northeast of Yellow Bluff and Starratt roads. It would change from community/general commercial to low-density residential to allow a Pulte Home Co. LLC single-family subdivision development named Timber Cove. Companion Ordinance 2020-169 would rezone the property from a commercial use PUD, along with an additional 10.69 contiguous acres to the east from residential low density-90 to PUD for 72 single-family lots.
• Ordinance 2020-174, which seeks to rezone 74.02 acres along the north side of Garden Street and west of Paxton Road in Northwest Jacksonville. It would change from a 2006 PUD planned for 215 single-family lots to a PUD for 211 single-family lots. Drees Homes of Florida Inc. proposes the Summerglen development of 156 lots at 50 feet wide and 55 lots at 60 feet wide.
Land use amendments and rezonings require approval by the City Council Land Use and Zoning committee and then full council approval.