The controversial Crystal Shores Marco Island timeshare development being proposed by the Marco Island Marriott Vacation Club will be submitted to the Marco Island City Council for approval.
The development could be presented to the council as early as June 4.
Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) bought the former Radisson Suite Beach Resort property for the project last year.
The Marco Island Planning Board reviewed the latest revisions for the project during its meeting last Friday. The board forwarded the project, with stipulations, to the council by a 5-1 vote. Board member Brian Moss voted against the plans.
The board approved Marriott’s request for a conditional use under the Marco Island Land Development Code to increase the density on the 7.55-acre site from 196 timeshare units to 219 units. The request for the three unit per acre increase was allowed under the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
The board also approved an increase to the maximum building height allowed from 100 feet to 150 feet.
During the meeting, Marco Island City Planner Bryan Milk voiced his concern about a storm water management plan for the development. Storm water could be directed westward out toward the dunes and Gulf of Mexico instead of east of Collier Boulevard.
“I don’t think so, but I have not seen detailed plans to be fair,” Marco Island Community Development Director Steve Olmsted said after the meeting. “I don’t know if it can be a possibility because I’m not sure environmentally what is permitted.”
Olmsted added storm water management is “typically addressed at the site development review stage.”
If the city council approves the project, the Marriott must submit detailed site development plans that include storm water management and traffic flow plans. Milk said he believed the storm water management plan will have to be reviewed by the South Florida Water Management District “in concert with staff.”
Representatives of the Marriott agreed to construct a turn lane on Collier Boulevard and flashing crosswalk lights similar to the lighting at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. A 20-foot-wide easement on the north side of the parcel will be granted to the city for a public beach access.
Another issue during the meeting was the architectural revisions of the development’s buildings. Everett Van Hoesen, former chairman of the Planning Board, had submitted a different version of the east building to the board members and Marriott representatives.
The majority of the board members said the revisions made to the north tower “significantly improved” the appearance of the structure. Of greatest concern was the latest design for the building closest to Collier Boulevard and facing east.
Ed Kinney, vice president of corporate affairs and brand awareness for MVCI, said Coleman and Partners, the project’s architectural firm, will submit more architectural revisions for the buildings.
“We are planning to meet with them to review revised architectural renderings in the near future,” Olmsted said Monday.