Neighbors voice concerns over potential Draper Lake development

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 10:44 PM CDT
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Homeowners near one coastal dune lake say they want to make sure Draper Lake is environmentally protected.

"They're one of the most special characteristics we have along 30A," said Peter Hansen, who lives near Draper Lake.

While many people choose to visit and live in South Walton for the beaches, for Hansen the Coastal Dune Lakes are the most beautiful part of Walton County.

“When you talk about 30A and Coastal Dune Lakes, they almost go together,” Hansen said.

Coastal dune lakes are only in a handful of places around the world, which is why neighbors to Draper Lake in South Walton want to make sure a new development by D.R. Horton protect the environment.

"For us, coastal dune lakes are something that are important for us to preserve and protect," said Hansen.

Hansen said he is concerned about multiple storm water violations by D.R. Horton.

"It can carry things such as pollutants right into the coastal dune lake," said Hansen.

The Draper Lake development project is proposed as a "small neighborhood and village mixed use" which would include multi-family triplexes, commercial businesses and a pool area.

Walton county planning director Mac Carpenter said all of the emails and public comments he’s received about the Draper Lake development have been against it.

"We're going to make sure that whatever requirements exist in our comprehensive land and development code get completely applied to this particular application," said Carpenter.

The Draper Lake development was continued to a later date, according to carpenter, so they could receive more public comments.

The next technical review meeting for the Draper Lake development is set for July 15th at 8:30 a.m. in the Freeport Commons board room.

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