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Brevard OKs its piece of Miami Corp. development


December 16, 2009

The Brevard County Commission unanimously amended its land use plan Tuesday to allow a commercial and residential development on 59,000 acres straddling the Volusia-Brevard County line despite the objections of state planners.

In early December, the Florida Department of Community Affairs recommended the county not adopt land use changes for the project.

Officials with the company and the county made a number of changes to the company's proposal in response to the state's concerns. The long-term plan for the land, called Farmton, envisions a mix of business and residential development and ties the number of allowable homes to the number of jobs created. More than two-thirds of the land would not be developed.

Brevard County will forward its amendment to the DCA, said county planner Stuart Buchanan. The department must decide within 45 days whether the amendment complies with state rules.

Because the amendment was requested by the landowner, Miami Corp, a Chicago-based family land trust, Buchanan said the company will negotiate with the state over future changes to its development plan.

Meanwhile, the department's response to the company's Volusia County plan is expected by Dec. 24.