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Local Government Update – April 2024

📍 Fairhope

  • 🔄 Klump PUD Update: Ownership transfer of a 75-acre parcel at Hwy. 181 & Fairhope Ave. New mixed-use walkable neighborhood with diverse amenities (hotels, residences, green spaces) planned by 68Ventures and Nequette. Formal application forthcoming.

📍 Spanish Fort

  • ✅ Parking Amendment: City Council revised parking requirements for mini-golf and go-cart businesses.
  • 🔨 Causeway Re-Zoning: Approved for facilitating the I-10 Bridge project. Potential use as a contractor storage yard.
  • 🛑 Opposition to Constitutional Amendments: City Council opposed amendments affecting local growth and autonomy.

📍 Baldwin County

  • ⛔ Spanish Cove Expansion Denied: Re-zoning for 89 new lots next to Spanish Cove opposed due to area incompatibility.
  • ✅ 215-Lot Subdivision: Approved east of Daphne, allowing new residential development.
  • ✅ Northwoods Phase 1: Approved 43 residential lots near Spanish Fort.
  • 🏗️ Large Development in Daphne: Sent back for further review, aiming for compliance with new architectural standards.
  • ⛔ Elberta Re-Zoning Denied: 27-lot subdivision development blocked.
  • ✅ Commercial and Recreational Re-Zonings: Approvals for childcare facility, Dollar General store, and golf driving range.

📍 Orange Beach

  • 🔄 Bama Bayou Re-Zoning: Reverted to General Business zoning. Previous PUD constructions never materialized.
  • ✅ PUD Modifications: Enhancements to Cottages at Old Bay and Zekes Landing marinas.
  • 🏕️ Glamping Approved: 15 luxury camping sites near the Backcountry Trail.

📍 Gulf Shores

  • 🍴 New Restaurant Approved: Site plan for Ale House Restaurant on Gulf Shores Parkway approved. Replacing old RE/MAX building.

📍 Daphne

  • ☕ Scooters Coffee Coming: Site plan for a new drive-through coffee shop approved.

These local developments reflect ongoing growth and adjustments across Baldwin County.

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