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St. Joe West Bay plans & airport

Discussion in 'Real Estate' started by kurt, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    As part of the entitlements process, the West Bay Sector Plan is a vision for future development and conservation of approximately 75,000 acres of JOE-owned land in Northwestern Bay County. The West Bay Sector includes the West Bay Detailed Specific Area Plan (West Bay DSAP), a 16,556-acre land-use planning area, and a 4,000-acre Airport DSAP for the proposed relocation of the Panama City - Bay County International Airport. These two land plans begin the implementation of the West Bay Sector.

    The Federal Aviation Administration released a draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) in November 2004. The DEIS reviewed the alternatives to expand capacity at the airport in Panama City and analyzed safety, environmental, social and other impacts.

    The DEIS analysis reduced the number of alternatives selected for further analysis to five: a No-Action Alternative, two alternatives to improve the existing airport and two alternatives that require relocation to a new site proposed by the airport authority in the West Bay Sector on land owned by JOE.

    The FAA is required by law to carry forward the No-Action Alternative throughout the process for comparative purposes. However, according to the DEIS, "the No-Action Alternative fails to meet Level 1 screening criteria because it does not meet FAA safety and design criteria and fails to meet future aviation demand. Although the No-Action Alternative has been determined not to be reasonable, feasible, practicable, or a prudent alternative, it will be carried forward in the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for comparative purposes."

    The FAA alternatives at the current site would extend the primary runway system, impacting a mixed-use neighborhood, to allow for either a 6,800-foot or an 8,400-foot primary runway and standard runway safety areas.

    The FAA alternatives in the West Bay Sector would relocate the airport to the new site in West Bay with either a 6,800-foot or an 8,400-foot primary runway and standard runway safety areas.

    On January 11, 2005, the FAA held a public hearing in Panama City seeking public comment on the DEIS. Written comments were accepted through January 28, 2005. This additional input, along with new information and analysis, may change materially the conclusions reached in the DEIS. The FAA has announced that it expects to release its final EIS later this year and to issue its Record of Decision in late 2005.

    In addition to the EIS process, other regulatory steps remain before a final decision is reached on the relocation of the airport. The relocation is also dependent on adequate funding.

    Phases two and three of the West Bay DSAP entitlements are conditioned on the relocation of the airport. At full build-out, the West Bay DSAP provides for approximately 4.4 million square feet of industrial, commercial and retail space, 5,842 residential units, 490 hotel rooms and two marinas. Predevelopment planning has started on phase one of the West Bay DSAP and local and state agencies, along with JOE, have started economic development activities for the West Bay Sector.
     
  2. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    For you Jet Setters, there is local talk of a private airport being planned somewhere near Bruce. It would have hangers for your jet, which are as scarce as Gulf front land priced below $1,000,000. None exists. I know someone who just bought 30,000 acres in that area, but I don't think the private airport will be developed by him.

    Also, there is a fly-in community that is being developed 5-10 miles north of Defuniak Springs. They should be reserving 10 acre lots very soon.
     
  3. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter got any pics?

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    Hmmmmm .... so I could fly to my house in my Gulfstream 450 :shock: :D
     
  4. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Yes, then you could get in your Ferrari Enzo, drive to the Bay, get into that big power boat, cruise down to the East Pass, back up the shore to grayton, anchor , swim to shore, walk across the Beach to your Gulf front home. That would be the scenic route from the Nooga. :floor:
     
  5. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter got any pics?

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    How did you know about the Enzo :blink: :D
     

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