The St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Board continued its review of a rezoning and comprehensive plan amendment for an intermodal exchange until Jan. 5.
The board voted Dec. 1 to continue the review at the request of the applicant, represented by James Whitehouse of St. Johns Law Group in St. Augustine.
Whitehouse said planning and zoning staff will review changes to the plans.
He represents property owner Quarter Cav LLC, led by Dr. Roy Hinman II of St. Augustine.
Two public speakers identified as residents of a neighboring residential community said the project as designed was not compatible because of the potential for increased traffic, noise, environmental and water quality concerns and the impact of trains rolling through the area.
St. Johns County has been reviewing a large-scale comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning for the Colonial Hinman Intermodal Exchange Facility, a proposed 214.13-acre project that would comprise at least 850,000 square feet of warehouse space and a 50,000-square-foot intermodal terminal.
The project site is on the south side of County Road 214 between Interstate 95 and Holmes Boulevard.
A plan shows the building as 892,296 square feet on 215.79 acres. No tenant is identified.
A Sept. 12, 2022, Economic Impact Analysis was prepared for Dr. Roy H. Hinman II and Bryan Greiner of Augustine Development Group.
It refers to the intermodal exchange facility as a master-planned industrial project of about 238 acres to be developed as a combination of flex, industrial and logistical space of about 900,000 square feet and a 10-year horizon for development.
The analysis, by Fishkind Litigation Services Inc. of Orlando, says the project will employ 1,817 people when fully built-out.
The owner initially requested rezoning the property from Open Rural to Heavy Industrial to allow for a proposed intermodal distribution facility, but a Nov. 18, 2022, application attachment amends that to add a condition that no heavy industrial is allowed. It says the request is for light industrial.
It says all proposed light industrial uses are more than three football fields’ distance from any border of the property.
The attachment also says the proposed facility and uses will be located on the property on County Road 214 with direct access to the Florida East Coast Railway system, which will “create and promote multi-modal transportation opportunities while buffering itself from surrounding uses.”