DeLand Boards to Meet to Discuss Housing Codes and ARPA Funds

BEACON FILE PHOTO Downtown DeLand photographed from above.

The DeLand City Commission and the DeLand Planning Board will meet next week to discuss topics such as allocating funds from the federal government and expanding an age-restricted community on the south side of the city.

First, at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 18, the DeLand City Commission will meet for a workshop to discuss how to allocate the $5.6 million awarded to the city under the American Rescue Plan Act passed by the federal government last year. ARPA has distributed $350 billion to municipalities across the country, including others in West Volusia.

Eligible uses of funds include: public health and economic impacts, revenue loss, and infrastructure investments. Specifically, according to documentation prepared by city staff, the money could be invested, for example, in repairing water and sewer infrastructure, improving broadband infrastructure, and financing COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

In anticipation of receiving funds, the city has already earmarked some of the money in its current budget. Fifty thousand dollars was budgeted for The Bridge homeless shelter, operated by the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia in DeLand, while $100,000 was budgeted for business improvement grants and $96,800 for virtual desktop infrastructure licenses”.

Immediately following the workshop, the DeLand City Commission will convene at 7 p.m. for a regular meeting to discuss topics that will include city code changes to allow for more affordable housing and the final dish for the Canopy Terrace subdivision.

Changes to the city code were approved by the DeLand Planning Board last month. Code revisions include simplifying the construction of secondary suites, reducing the minimum square footage for single-family homes, and eliminating the requirement that homes have a carport or garage.

Another item the Municipal Commission will discuss is the final flat for Canopy Terrace, a 140-lot development being built on some 36 acres of land northeast of the intersection of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beltway and Cassadaga Road.

Rezoning for Canopy Terrace, formerly known as Kirk DeLand, was approved for rezoning by the DeLand City Commission in February 2022.

DeLand’s planning committee will then meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20. Planned talking points include the expansion of The Oaks mobile home park on the east side of DeLand and a proposed construction of nearly 50 townhouses on the southeast side of town.

The Oaks’ more than 40 acres of land currently exists as a mix of zoning classifications, according to city documentation, and the owner wants to annex 6.73 new acres of contiguous land and rezone all 51 .86 acres in one planned development.

City staff are recommending the Planning Board approve the proposed annexation and reclassification, and DeLand attorney Mike Woods of Cobb Cole said this project should not be affected by the city’s desire to reduce annexations for residential development.

“This was in progress before they passed this resolution, plus The Oaks is not a standard single-family residence,” Woods said. The tag. “The global application attempts to unify the entire development plan.”

Another item to be discussed by the Planning Board is a plan to build 49 townhouses at 422 E. Beresford Ave. The developer, Ivan Moreno of DeLand Florida Developers LLC, wants to build the townhouses with an amenity center.

All DeLand meetings will be held in the City Commission Rooms at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. All meetings are open to the public and can be listened to afterwards on the city’s website, HERE, where full diaries are also available. DeLand City Commission meetings are also streamed live on the city’s website.