Duval County

Jacksonville City Council pushes forward rezoning, master plan for 6,000-acre development

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Last night, Jacksonville City Council approved three bills advancing the Davis family’s plans for a 6,174.21-acre development east of eTown.

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The Council unanimously voted on two bills that would rezone the area and permit a large amendment to the city’s 2023 comprehensive plan pertaining to an undeveloped area east of Interstate-295 and south of James Turner Butler Boulevard.

The third bill approves the long-term conceptual site plan of the development and was also approved unanimously.

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The Davis family, which founded Winn Dixie incorporated, applied for 11 parcels of land right next to Dee Dot Ranch, which is also owned by the family.

Last month, Action News Jax spoke with neighbors who are hesitant about the changes.

“That’s the double-edged sword to it because at the same time, while I enjoy the natural aspect of everything, I get it’s a growing city. Commerce is going to be booming,” said Christopher Davis, who lives in the area.

The City Council approved of the rezoning bill with several conditions, the biggest of which includes more traffic studies in the area. Officials said the full development could take up to 25 years.