Land changes will bring new business to Chiefland

eda assisted Drummond Community Bank in attracting a new business to Levy County. On May 5th, the County Commission approved eda‘s request for a land use change, rezoning and special exception to accommodate the proposed business.
We’ve posted Chiefland Citizen article reporting on the project.


Two changes – one in Levy County’s land use plan and one in zoning – will help bring a new business to Chiefland.

The changes sought by Drummond Community Bank, the land’s owner, will allow commercial use of a property once zoned forestry/rural residential. The change was necessary even though the property has been used for commercial and industrial purposes since 1973 when it was a welding operation. County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson (R-District 1) said he recalled the building on the property was once used for a carpet store.

Drummond filed for the changes on behalf of a business owner who will operate on the .75 acre parcel at 7670 N.W. 115th St./County Road 320 an operation that will manufacture, assemble, process, package and the storage of safety gauges for use within fuel pipes for the petroleum industry. The 80-by-70 foot facility has an office area and warehouse.

The name of the company was not mentioned during the Levy County Commission meeting where the changes were approved.

The changes in the land use designation and the zoning special exception were recommended for approval by the Levy County Planning Commission which met on Monday to consider them.

Among the stipulations that the planning commission put on the new operation was to erect a “barrier” of opaque fencing or non-deciduous trees at least 6 feet tall and that while the roadway could handle the business’ traffic, if the vehicle count rose it would have to revisit the issue with the county Road Department.

Clay Sweger with EDA Engineers-Surveyors-Planning of Gainesville said the business will manufacture and repair high-tech devices for pipelines. He said the operation will not create any emissions of smoke, dust odor or noise. “This is light industrial,” he said of the request to zone the property C-3 for moderately intensive commercial use.

The changes were unanimously approved by the county commission.