Planning Board reviews LDC 'glitch list'
Completes Phase One of the Land Development Code update
The Planning Board met Friday morning and the primary item of discussion was the Land Development Code (LDC) update, which city staff has been working on for five months.
At the meeting Richard Cannone of Calvin, Giordano and Associates, Inc. – the consulting firm in charge of the update – presented the board with a list of 33 “glitches” within the current code; the glitches were determined based on input from city staff, community organizations and residents.
“The idea is to work through the list, agree that it’s a glitch, agree that it needs a solution … and then work together as a community to find [that] solution,” said City Manager Roger Hernstadt. “We are going through this in a very slow and methodical way to make sure no one’s left behind.”
“We’re not looking to make changes next month,” he said. “We’re looking at at least a year,” before implementation.
The first glitch on the list is the “Inconsistency between the original Deltona Deed Restrictions and the current Zoning Code,” which Cannone said was the biggest concern he heard from residents. The board agreed that it’s a concern and recommended that City Council approve changing that section of the code to address the inconsistencies.
Other notable glitches on the list include: commercial and residential design standards; calculation of garage area; residential setback requirements; encroachment of pool (or other mechanical) equipment into setback; dock permitting; and definitions, which Cannone said was the largest problem throughout the entire LDC.
The presentation concluded Phase One of the revision process; the total revision process is expected to be complete by November 2017. Residents can view the entire glitch list – and submit their comments, questions and concerns – at marcocode.cgasolutions.com.
In other business
The board also revisited an LDC amendment that it approved at its last meeting, which would allow homeowners to build a cut in nautical garage by obtaining a conditional use permit from the Planning Board or by going through a public hearing process.
Tami Scott of the Growth Management Department said it was unclear at the last meeting what the board’s intentions were, which is why she put it back on the agenda. After some back-and-forthing and additional language changes, the board once again approved the amendment, with the caveat that a boat slip will not be permitted as part of the marginal dock when the property already has nautical garage or cut-in slip.
The Planning Board voted on a continuance of its discussion of alley parking and also unanimously approved a temporary use permit for a new modular trailer for City of Marco Island Fire Station 51, which was irrevocably damaged after being struck by lightning this summer.
The Planning Board’s next meeting is 9 a.m., Jan. 6, in the community room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.