January 3, 2024

  1. Minutes

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in City Hall Council Chamber located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Wednesday January 3, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Chairman Richardson called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Vice Chairman Aton, Secretary Grant, Member Garrod, Member Perez, Member Moscoso, Member Fayson, Alternate Member Rogers and School Board Member Gilbert. Alternate Member Childs was absent. Also, in attendance were Principle Planner Eddy Galindo, Senior Planner Christie Anderson, Assistant City Attorney Chelsea Farrell and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.

 

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Vice Chairman Aton made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 6, 2023 meeting. Member Perez seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote.

 

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Quasi-Judicial Confirmation Procedures 

 

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Chairman Richardson asked that new business item 9B be heard before 9A.

 

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Old Business

None

 

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New Business

 

Tranquility – Phase 2 Final Plat 

Ms. Anderson gave an overview of this item.

 

Rodney Honeycutt of Titusville came to speak in favor of this item.

 

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Member Garrod made a motion to recommend approval of the Tranquility – Phase 2 Final Plat as presented.   Member Fayson seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Garrod                      Yes

Vice Chairman Aton               Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

Member Moscoso                   Yes

Secretary Grant                       Yes

Member Fayson                      Yes

Chairman Richardson             Yes

 

Motion passed.

 

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Landscape Technical Manual Ordinance

Mr. Galindo gave an overview of this item. Mr. Galindo stated that this was previously approved by the Titusville Environmental Commission at their June 2023 meeting.

 

Member Garrod said he has concerns about the Laurel Oak being removed from the preferred list. He would like the consultant to be present so that he can ask the consultant his technical questions. He has concerns about Shumard Oaks being a preferred species for this area. He said Titusville is a unique area and an oddity due to the Indian River Lagoon. He has concerns with this list having numerous species recommended as permissible “on the edge” of allowable areas, and he does not feel that it is right to have a developer plant plants that may not survive in the area. Member Garrod suggested tabling this item so that he has time to grasp a better understanding from the consultant as to the species list and the areas that are permissible for planting.   Member Garrod said that the climate may have changed and the species could be allowable here but the consultant could explain this better.  Member Garrod also requested that the list provided have the titles at the start of the pages so that there is no confusion as to what is being reviewed when looking at a list.

 

Mr. Galindo said he was able to briefly review the list of trees provided to him by Member Garrod via email and the trees look to be for the adjacent zones. Mr. Galindo said Titusville is a 10A zone.  The recommended species may not be specific for this region, however, one range over does not mean the species will not thrive. Mr. Galindo spoke about the hardy species map. 

 

Member Garrod has concerns about the water availability in Titusville. He said that the list has numerous trees that are not drought tolerant which is a concern. Member Garrod expressed his concerns with planting a tree on an edge of a zone or a transitional zone that decreases its chance to survive as opposed to a tree species that is indigenous to this area, such as a Live Oak. Member Garrod has concerns about the Northern Slash Pine being a preferred species because it grows in north Georgia. Again, he would like the consultant to come and speak to the Commission to answer these types of questions.

 

Secretary Grant asked if the Titusville Environmental Commission has had a chance to review the comments and address the comments made by Mr. Begley the city’s arborist.  He would like for the Titusville Environmental Commission to have a chance to review this item again.

 

Member Moscoso said she agrees that it should be reviewed by the Titusville Environmental Commission. She spoke to Kay St. Onge about this.  She also said that she looked at what other cities were doing. Member Moscoso passed out an article called Sustainable City Code. She said it talks about incentivizing native plants and vegetation. She also said that some cities require native plantings.  She would like to see new developments be required to use native plantings. She would like a percentage be native or incentivized.  

 

Member Perez said that the Titusville Environmental Commission has spent a couple of years on this landscape technical manual tree list.  He said it should be brought back to the Titusville Environmental Commission for review again.

 

Member Rogers asked if it is required to take invasive species out when new development comes in. Mr. Galindo said if invasive species are identified on a property with new development, the developer is required to remove them. 

 

Mr. Galindo asked for questions to use for a meeting with consultant tomorrow. 

 

Kay St. Onge of Titusville came to speak against this item. Ms. St. Onge said that Brevard Zoo came up with a list of one hundred native plants that would thrive along the Indian River Lagoon. Ms. St. Onge said that the native trees and plants support the native bugs, which supports the native birds. Ms. St. Onge said only a third of the landscape technical manual list is native. Ms. St. Onge was not in favor of the proposed landscape technical manual list ordinance. 

 

Member Garrod would like for the consultant to identify the planting ranges and make a visual graph illustration so that the Commission could see it on a map and understand it better.

 

Member Rogers asked for clarification as to the ratio of native to non-native species on the landscape technical manual list. Ms. St. Onge said a third is native and two-thirds is non-native.

 

Member Moscoso said that in Sanibel, Florida they require a 75% minimum of all new development and redevelopment landscaping to be native and 25% be non-competing plant species.    

 

Member Moscoso asked if the city has an arborist on staff. Mr. Galindo said the city has two arborists.

 

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Member Garrod made a motion to table this item to the February 7, 2024 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.  Secretary Grant seconded. 

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Secretary Grant                       Yes

Member Fayson                      Yes

Vice Chairman Aton               Yes

Member Garrod                      Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

Member Moscoso                   Yes

Chairman Richardson             Yes

Motion passed.

 

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Chairman Richardson asked when it goes before the City Council.  Mr. Galindo said January 9, 2024.

 

The Planning and Zoning Commission members said they would like for the Titusville Environmental Commission to have an opportunity to review this again.

 

Mr. Galindo said that City Council will see the recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission for tabling the item and their desire for the Titusville Environmental Commission to review the Landscape Technical Manual Ordinance again. 

 

Secretary Grant stated that because of the recent comments made by Mr. Begley, he does not believe that the Titusville Environmental Commission has had a chance to review those comments and provide their feedback. 

 

Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that Mr. Parrish did provide the Titusville Environmental Commission the same information that was provided to the Planning and Zoning Commission within the past 48 hours. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that the Planning and Zoning Commission could make an additional motion requesting that City Council have the Titusville Environmental Commission review this ordinance again, if they desire. 

 

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Member Garrod made a motion to rescind their last motion to table this item to February 7, 2024. Member Perez seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Fayson                      Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

Member Moscoso                   Yes

Member Garrod                      Yes

Vice Chairman Aton               Yes

Secretary Grant                       Yes

Chairman Richardson             Yes

 

Motion passed.

 

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Member Garrod made a motion to table this item until such time as the Titusville Environmental Commission has a chance for a second review of the Landscape Technical Manual Ordinance and is able to provide a recommendation to City Council. Member Perez seconded. 

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Moscoso                   Yes

Member Garrod                      Yes

Secretary Grant                       Yes

Member Fayson                      Yes

Vice Chairman Aton               Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

Chairman Richardson             Yes

 

Motion passed.

 

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Petitions & Requests

None

 

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Reports

 

Semi-Annual Report

The Planning and Zoning Commission members did not have any changes to the semi-annual report and agreed to approve as presented with the recommendation that it be presented to City Council as a written report.

 

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Chairman Richardson voiced his concern with the Council Chamber layout not being ADA compliant. 

 

Member Fayson shared with the Commission the reasons he was absent from the last few meetings.

 

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Adjournment 7:00pm