May 9, 2023
Community Redevelopment Agency
May 9, 2023
The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.
Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum
Vice-Chairperson Robinson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were, Vice-Chairperson Joe Robinson and Members Herman Cole, Jr. Col USAF Retired, Jo Lynn Nelson, Greg Aker and Jim Ball, Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and Sr. Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell were also present. Sr. Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell completed the minutes of the meeting. Chairperson Daniel Diesel and Member Dr. Sarah Stoeckel were absent.
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance
Vice-Chairperson Robinson asked for a moment of silence and then led the entire assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Sr. Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell read the procedure for public comment.
Approval of Minutes
Member Nelson moved to approve the minutes of the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 and Tuesday, April 11, 2023, as submitted. Member Ball seconded the motion.
The motion carried unanimously.
Special Recognitions and Presentations – None.
Old Business – None.
New Business –
Draft Titusville Architectural Design Guidelines Small Matching Grant Update - Executive Director Larese advised that staff would update the CRA on the draft Titusville Architectural Design Guideline State of Florida Division of Historical Resources Small Matching Grant. This item was informational only. No action was required.
The City of Titusville applied for and was awarded a $40,000 FY2023 Small Matching Grant from the State of Florida Division of Historical Resources to create an architectural design guidelines manual for historic structures in the City. An agreement with the Division of Historical Resources and the City was entered into on July 18, 2022. The City has until June 30, 2023 to complete the grant project. The proposed architectural design guidelines are intended to provide best practices for property owners of historic and potentially historic structures for when making alterations to their structures and for the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) members to assist in their HPB duties.
Community Development Director Brad Parrish provided a presentation to the Community Redevelopment Agency. The presentation highlighted as follows:
- Historic District Design Guidelines
- About Us
- What are design guidelines?
- Purpose of design guidelines
- How design guidelines are developed
- Secretary of the Interior’s Standards
- How design guidelines are used
- Titusville’s Design Guidelines
Member Ball stated that the Historic Preservation Plan established the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) as a quasi-judicial board and the HPB had the legal power to make a regulatory order and judgment on development using the Secretary of Interior’s standards and design guidelines. Member Ball expressed concern for these guidelines and if they would have negative regulatory implications and outcomes.
Community Development Director Brad Parrish stated that the Draft Titusville Architectural Design Guidelines Small Matching Grant was not a regulatory document any different then what was found in the guidelines published by the Department of Interior or from an architectural book at the library. It consolidates what is already published into one document that is contextual to Titusville and it does not propose anything new.
Community Development Director Brad Parrish stated that if the City wanted to amend the Titusville Architectural Design Guidelines, they were able to make that amendment.
Member Ball stated that he would provide his comments and concerns with the Draft Titusville Architectural Design Guidelines Small Matching Grant to the consultant and Historic Preservation Board as a citizen and not as a CRA Member.
Vice-Chairperson Robinson stated that he would like to see the final Titusville Architectural Design Guidelines Small Matching Grant at the next Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on June 13,2023. There was no objection from the CRA.
Petitions and Request from the Public Present
Allen Kiesel stated that he was the Chairman for the Historic Preservation Board (HPB). Mr. Kiesel stated that the HPB applied for the grant so they could have an architectural guideline as many others municipalities have in order to guide citizens that have registered historic properties. It was not meant to be a legal document, more of a local version of the Secretary of Interior’s standards, which was what the HPB was using for the requests.
Toni Shifalo stated that she was on the Historic Preservation Board. Ms. Shifalo stated that the guidelines came about because of the interest the HPB had in preserving the history in Titusville and the guidelines were not meant to be laws and rules. Ms. Shifalo stated that there were not enough historic places to create a historic district in Titusville.
Executive Directors Report
Executive Director Larese submitted his written report and advised that all items were informational only.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m.