Walton Development Vote Delayed

The fate of historic Point Washington in south Walton County is still in limbo.

The Walton County Commission had hoped to come to some sort of conclusion on debate about a proposed development planned for the historic area.

It looks like a decision will have to wait until the next commission meeting, which will be in January.

The reason is the developers have now hired a land planner to survey the land and try to come to some agreement with the community in the Oaks at Eden project. His work will not be done till sometime at the end of this week.

Pat Blackshear is Walton County’s Planning Director and says, "We'll be able to present a plan that can get blessed by the board and the neighborhood will support it."

However, officials are taking the initial steps to prevent this sort of dilemma from happening. The approval of a boundary for District Point Washington is in the beginning phase. It will have to be approved by the Historic Point Washington Society as well as the Walton County Commission.

The approval of the historical community will become a special planning district.

Planning Director Pat Blackshear explained.

“It will estimate maximum densities, setbacks, architectural types and make it consistent with the surroundings such as Eden Mansion, but the project really brought the issue to the forefront."

Some are hoping the approval for the proposed boundary will protect historic Point Washington from the possible threat of new developments.