St. Joe Company requests rezone area in Callaway, could provide more housing

CALLAWAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The St. Joe Company is asking for a rezone an area of land in Callaway and it could provide more housing.

Tuesday the Callaway City Commission approved the first reading of rezoning 165 acres off of Highway 22, to the east of Betty Louise Drive.

The St. Joe Company requested dropping the zoning from an R10 to an R6, meaning they’ll drop the minimum square footage of a lot from 10,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet.

Officials with the St. Joe Company say it will allow them to provide more housing per acre and build homes that are more consistent to the rest of Callaway.

The St. Joe Company says the development will be called "Park Place" and the initial plans call for around 300 homesites. Truland Homes will own the first 51 homesites, with homesite development completed in 2019.

City officials say the additional housing could provide more benefits than just a place to stay.

Ed Cook, the City Manager for Callaway, said, "That's going to actually mean that they can put more houses in there, which more houses will mean more revenue for the city as a whole. But the truth of the matter is we're just excited that they want to come into Callaway and go ahead and start this. We have a lot of economic development going on here in the city."