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  Agenda Item # 12.d.       
Meeting Date: 10/05/2020  
Re:    Site Plan & Conditional Use - Aria Apartments - 3000 Okeechobee Road
Submitted For: Jennifer Hofmeister

SUBJECT:
POSTPONED  FROM SEPT. 21, 2020 - Quasi-Judicial Hearing - Application for Site Plan, Design Review, and conditional Use submitted by Property Owner, Arrow Investment Group, LLC and Representative, Michael Sanchez of Managed Land Entitlements, to construct a 112 unit Innovative Residential Multi-Family Development on a property located at 3000 Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce, FL. The property is currently zoned General Commercial (C-3). There is an active rezoning application by the applicant to rezone the property to Medium Density Residential (R-4).  Parcel ID: 2417-504-0020-001-6
SUMMARY:
  • The applicant has stated that as proposed the project will consist of five (5) apartment buildings with 24-units in four (4) of the apartment buildings and 16-units in one (1) of the apartment buildings for a total of 112-units. The maximum building height will be 39 feet from existing grade. The proposed Aria Apartments will offer a 2,168 square foot clubhouse with a swimming pool. Pursuant to City Code 125-315 (d)(1)(b), the parking ratio for a multi-family development is 1.5 spaces per unit. The development is required to have 168 parking spaces and 172 parking spaces are provided with four (4) surplus parking spaces. Seven (7) of those parking spaces are designated as handicap accessible. The development is also providing a total of 14 bicycle parking spaces, which includes two (2) surplus bicycle spaces above the minimum code requirement of City Code 125-315 (f)(1)(a).

 

  • Onsite amenities include a clubhouse, pool, tot lot with playground equipment and benches, a lake with a fountain feature, a walking trail around the lake at the center of the development, a passive park with picnic tables and benches, and a fenced dog-park. There is one (1) vehicle access point into the site from Okeechobee Road with two (2) pedestrian-only access points from the south of the property connecting to the Okeechobee Road northern sidewalk. The proposed site also includes an abundance of pedestrian pathways, such as internal sidewalks and striped crosswalks, throughout the development.
RECOMMENDATION:
The requested applications for Development Review and  Design Review meets the criteria specified in Sections 125-313 and 125-314 of the City Code, the Comprehensive Plan, and does not adversely affect the public health, safety, convenience and general welfare; Therefore staff recommends APPROVAL with the following four (4) conditions:
 
  1. A Landscape Bond will need to be provided at the time of Certificate of Occupancy for each building pursuant to City Code 123-6. The Landscape Bond for the common areas, clubhouse, lakes, and parking areas shall be submitted before the Certificate of Occupancy is issued for the first building in each phase.
     
  2. At the time of Building Permit submit a signed and sealed boundary and topographic survey to the City Engineering Department in accordance with City Code 119-2 (a)(7).
     
  3. Remove the light grey from the color scheme and use colors from the blue-violet or blue-green color palette.
     
  4. Include a landscaped area around base of the monument sign which extends a minimum distance of three (3) feet in all directions. Such landscaped area shall be completely covered by ground cover and shrubs, hedges or similar vegetative materials. Vegetation in the area surrounding said sign shall be maintained at a height of less than twelve (12) inches.
Advisory Comment: Consider a gated entry for the health, safety, and welfare of the future tenants of the proposed development. Details need to be worked out between the design team and the Planning Department.
ALTERNATIVES:
  • Approval with changes
  • Denial
RESPONSIBLE STAFF:
Vennis Gilmore, Planner
COORDINATED WITH:
Technical Review Committee

Fiscal Impact
OTHER INFORMATION:
Potential Increase in Ad Valorem Tax Revenue.
Attachments
Staff Presentation
Staff Report & Supporting Documents
Application Packet & Supporting Documents
Affidavit of Mailing & Public Notice Certification
Proof of Publication

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Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
City Manager Nick Mimms 09/11/2020 12:10 PM
Form Started By: Vennis Gilmore Started On: 09/09/2020 04:58 PM
Final Approval Date: 09/22/2020

    

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