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  Agenda Item # 12.f.       
Meeting Date: 04/01/2019  
Re:    Text Amendment - Chapter 22 - Site Plan Thresholds

SUBJECT:
Legislative Hearing - Ordinance 19-016 amending Chapter 22 of the Code of Ordinances for site plan reviews.  FIRST READING
SUMMARY:
This is a Zoning Text Amendment to Article IV – Supplementary Regulations, Section 22-58 Major & Minor Site Plan Applications, of the City of Fort Pierce Code of Ordinances to increase the square foot thresholds for administrative review and approval of commercial and industrial site plans from 4,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet.  The Text Amendment would also increase the administrative review threshold for multi-family residential projects from 20 to 50 units as well as establishing the same minimum thresholds for other residential projects. Public or private institutional developments which do not exceed one acre in land are also proposed to be eligible for administrative review.  To this end, site plan reviews will be subject to approval from either a Major or Minor Site Plan Application. 

The proposed Text Amendment also seeks to clarify the minimum submittal requirements for Major or Minor Site Plan Applications and delineate the process through which these applications are reviewed by the Technical Review Committee, Planning Board, and City Commission.  In brief, all Site Plan applications will be reviewed by the Technical Review Committee.  The distinction between both types of applications, however, is that Major Site Plans will require Planning Board review and City Commission approval, while Minor Site Plans may be ultimately approved by the Planning Director after it has been determined that the application is in compliance with City Code and no outstanding documents, actions, or information are needed.

These new thresholds were proposed by the Development Review Task Force in June of 2018 as part of an evaluation of the City’s regulatory/permitting process. Their recommendations have been discussed with the City Commission and this Text Amendment now seeks to formally adopt the previous consensus.
RECOMMENDATION:
Approve
ALTERNATIVES:
Provide input on the modification of minimum thresholds
Deny 
RESPONSIBLE STAFF:
Rebeca A. Guerra, AICP, LEED-AP, CPD, Assistant Planning Director
COORDINATED WITH:
Technical Review Committee and City Attorney

Fiscal Impact
OTHER INFORMATION:
N/A
Attachments
Draft Ordinance
Staff Report
Proposed Text Amendment
TRC Comments
Task Force Recommendations
Proof of Publication
Presentation

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Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
City Manager Nick Mimms 03/25/2019 02:55 PM
Form Started By: Rebeca Guerra Started On: 03/19/2019 06:21 PM
Final Approval Date: 03/25/2019

    

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