The Davis family is starting long-term planning for 11,047 acres east of more than 6,100 acres that it rezoned in February in Southeast Jacksonville.
The 17,100 acres is undeveloped and envisioned for single-family, multifamily and commercial uses.
The Jacksonville Planning Commission approved an ordinance Nov. 9 to transmit a proposed large-scale revision to the future land use designation from agriculture to multiuse for the 11,047.38-acre site.
City Council enacted the legislation, Ordinance 2023-649, on Nov. 29.
The proposal next will be sent through state agencies for a revision to the Future Land Use Map of the 2045 Comprehensive Plan.
Upon completion of those reviews, the Davis family would develop a conceptual master plan subject to Council approval.
Lawyer Paul Harden, the agent for the property owners, told the Planning Commission the move is “a long-term planning process.”
He said the Davis family was making a generational plan.
The land is west of the Davis family’s 25,000-acre Dee Dot Ranch.
The property is north of Nocatee and south of San Pablo Road and is east of Interstate 295. It is east of eTown and the 6,000 acres rezoned early this year.
BJD Timberlands LLC and Estuary LLC, both affiliated with the Davis family, own the land, which is in Council District 11.
Estuary LLC is led by Chairman A. Dano Davis and his son, President Jed Davis, along with several officers who also are officers of BJD Timberlands.
The Davis family founded Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.
The ownership will develop a conceptual long-term master plan for the 11,047.38-acre site.
Permitted uses include single-family and multifamily residential uses and commercial centers.
The legislation includes an exhibit that shows possibly 8,636 single-family units, 4,884 multifamily units and almost 1.71 million square feet of commercial and office uses.
Council would review and approve that plan before development could begin.
Subsequent site development would need to be consistent with that plan.
“You won’t see many of these,” Harden told the nine-member commission, which voted unanimously to approve the transmittal.
The ordinance enacted Nov. 28 says the amendment will be transmitted through the state’s Expedited State Review Process to the Florida Departments of Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture and Consumer Services; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; the Northeast Florida Regional Council; the state Bureau of Historic Preservation; the St. Johns River Water Management District; and the commanding officers of the area’s military facilities.
The ordinance follows legislation concerning more Davis property early this year.
Council enacted three ordinances in February 2023 to rezone 6,174.21 acres east of I-295 and south of Butler Boulevard. About a third of the acreage will be protected or placed in conservation.
That undeveloped acreage is east of Sweetwater, eTown, Wells Creek, Hampton Park, Florida 9B and U.S. 1. It is north of Nocatee.
That rezoning to planned unit development specifies 10,575 residential units comprising 6,103 single-family houses, 2,420 town homes and 2,052 multifamily units; and 915,000 square feet of commercial uses.
Harden also was the applicant for that project.
The Davis family’s land holdings include property that became Nocatee and eTown.
The 17,000 acres involved in the ordinances this year are an extension of those holdings.