The former DeLand golf course will become a residential area | WNDB
DELAND, Florida – The Deland City Commission voted Monday to approve the rezoning of an abandoned golf course into residential housing space. The vote was 3 to 2 for rezoning, and the narrow margin is certainly a sign of deeper controversy. The development is to be called the Beresford Reserve, with 3.53 units allowed per acre of land.
Residents worry that environmental testing is needed to determine if the space is even habitable. In addition to being a former golf course, it is also a former municipal landfill.
Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Chair Dr. Wendy Anderson pleaded for more extensive testing before the land is developed. She also works as a professor of environmental studies at Stetson University.
“We know there’s more down there than they’ve recorded so far, and we’re going to make sure FDEP knows that and FDEP demands they do the level of testing that we were asking for. tonight”, Anderson said.
The issue was first raised before the city commission on January 31, giving it a lengthy turnaround before it was finally decided this week.