Church’s Construction Delay Debated at Port Orange Planning Commission Meeting

During a recent gathering of the Port Orange Planning Commission, the request for a conditional use extension for Christ the King Community Church took center stage. The church sought approval to continue outdoor operations for an additional three years due to construction delays. This request sparked discussions regarding the feasibility of the church’s construction timeline and the impact on the surrounding neighborhood. In tandem, the commission tackled a proposal for a new subdivision, addressing community concerns about potential drainage and flooding impacts.

The church, represented by Pastor Scott Kersner, outlined the challenges in starting construction, including financial hardships and material availability. The commission, concerned with the church’s ability to meet its revised timeline, debated the necessity of a third year for the conditional use extension and the practicality of outdoor services during construction. Members of the public raised issues regarding the disturbance caused by outdoor services, such as noise and light pollution. In contrast, another public comment highlighted the church’s growth and readiness for construction, emphasizing lender approval and a decrease in building costs.

Discussions around the church’s plans included a detailed look into the site plan approval process, with the city planner indicating construction might begin as early as May. The commission expressed the need for clear deadlines and a preconstruction meeting. The church assured the commission that significant investments had been made, and they were prepared to start construction, with site work potentially commencing in May. After deliberation, the commission amended the extension from two years to three, considering the complexities of the church’s situation.

Simultaneously, the commission reviewed a request to subdivide a 4.74-acre property into a mixed residential development, including 10 single-family lots and 16 townhome lots. The development plans featured private streets, amenities for residents, and compliance with the Land Development code and the Master Development Agreement. A staff recommendation for approval was met with various concerns from the commission and public regarding visitor parking, tree preservation, and particularly, the potential impact on local drainage and flooding.


Residents voiced apprehensions about the subdivision, with one citing the flooding of their property during storms and the fear of exacerbation from new development. Another resident brought up existing drainage issues, signaling increased insurance costs and the risk of displacement stemming from flooding. The engineers described the design’s intent to manage stormwater effectively, aiming to minimize impact on neighboring properties, and confirmed the main drainage route would utilize existing infrastructure.

The issue of riparian rights also emerged, tied to a property adjacent to water. The commission clarified that proper notification had been given during the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process. Public comments focused on the proposed development’s impact on the neighborhood, with debates over the potential increase in traffic, the development’s aesthetic harmony with the surrounding area, and its suitability for the elderly population.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Donald O. Burnette
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