Flight training traffic originating from Daytona Beach International Airport may temporarily increase over parts of Ormond Beach, according to a City of Ormond Beach staff report.

“Some traffic from Daytona Beach is being directed to fly northbound over the Halifax River, which may result in more traffic over areas east and southeast of the Ormond Beach airport,” the item in the staff report states.

Ormond Beach Municipal Airport Manager Steve Lichliter, who prepared the staff item, told Hometown News last week that because of a construction project at the Daytona Beach airport, a north-south runway is being used more often, causing more northbound air traffic over the Halifax River and areas of Ormond Beach east of U.S. 1.

“Because of construction it appears (the air traffic control tower at the Daytona Beach International Airport is) using Runway 16 more often, which is vectoring more traffic east of the airport,” Mr. Lichliter said.

The increased traffic has so far not caused an uptick in noise complaints, Mr. Lichliter said.

Meanwhile, flight traffic originating from the Ormond Beach airport has been about eight-tenths of what it normally is this time of year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Lichliter said.

Plantation Oaks discussion postponed: The first reading of the Plantation Oaks amendment items, scheduled for the July 28 Ormond Beach City Commission meeting, was postponed, the city announced last week.

With the commission meeting rescheduled to be virtual, city staff decided to postpone the items on the subdivision until it can accommodate a large crowd expected for public discussion.

A post on the city’s Facebook page last week stated, “City Commission Meeting Update: Plantation Oaks agenda items will be postponed until staff can evaluate meeting locations where interested individuals can be accommodated while also maintaining social distance. This item requires legal advertisement 10 days in advance of any newly scheduled meeting.”

The items drew a great deal of interest at the June 11 planning board meeting with 18 citizens speaking during public comment.

Many residents objected to the subdivision, which borders the Ormond Scenic Loop at Old Dixie Highway. The planning board approved the amendment items 6-0, sending them to the commission.

The city annexed the 1,055-acre planned development last year after agreeing in 2015 to provide utilities to the subdivision.

The city is legally bound to honor Volusia County’s zoning approvals of the project, but the commission can reject the third part of the amendment, which removes a 55-and-over age restriction for Phase I of the project in exchange for the property owner agreeing to build 669 single-family homes instead of installing manufactured homes, which was previously agreed to with the county.

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