Panama City Realty office seeking developers for Chipley project

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

“While industrial plant development was exempted in 2011 from planning requirements for a Development of Regional Impact, a large land area industrial development would still be handled as a “large scale land use amendment” at the county and state levels, as well as all the agencies involved such as environmental considerations, so approvals could take many months to perhaps years,” Town said. 

“Since Washington County is designated a Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern, that would speed the process, but approvals are not quick under the best of circumstances due to all the engineering and site studies required with development order approvals.”

Bowman said that the proximity of the regional airport, the Port of Panama City, and the interstate make Washington County a prime location for development. Bowman said the expansion of the Panama Canal will increase port traffic along the Gulf Coast, and that increase of shipping can mean growth throughout the region in the future.

“Washington County is primed to be at the middle of any economic development, due to I-10 and the north-south corridors of Highway 77 and Highway 79,” Bowman said. Between the increase in port activity and the possibility of a mega-site coming to fruition in nearby Jackson County, future growth looks good for the area.

“It’s all good news for Washington County,” Bowman said.

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