Regular City Council - January 23, 2024 at 5:30 PM

City Council

Regular Meeting

January 23, 2024


The City Council of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. 


Mayor Diesel called the City Council meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Mayor Daniel E. Diesel, Vice Mayor Joe C. Robinson, and City Council Members Herman A. Cole, Jr., Col USAF Retired, Jo Lynn Nelson, and Dr. Sarah Stoeckel. Also present were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff completed the minutes of the meeting. 


Mayor Diesel requested a moment of silence. He then led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. City Clerk Wells read the procedures for public comment and participation. 






Employee of the Month for November 2023 - No action was requested. Human Resources Director Joe Denaro recognized Sr. Administrative Assistant Sheena Alexander as the Employee of the Month for November 2023. He highlighted the nomination and presented Ms. Alexander with a plaque and gift. 



Employee of the Month for December 2023 - No action was requested. Police Department Chief John Lau recognized Detective Brandon Williams as the Employee of the Month for December 2023. He highlighted the nomination and presented Mr. Williams with a plaque and gift. 




Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments: New City-Wide Element and Future Land Use Element with Gateway Corridor – No action was requested. City Manager Larese advised the recommended action was to provide input as appropriate to the City Council on the draft amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The transmittal hearing was tentatively scheduled for the regular City Council meeting on February 13, 2024.


The Report to Council at this meeting indicated that on April 27, 2022, the Council directed the staff to propose a strategy whereby certain portions of the Draft 2040 TitusvilleTomorrow Comprehensive Plan may be incorporated into the adopted Comprehensive Plan. Staff recommended adopting four separate amendments, which included Mobility (Transportation), Housing and Historic Preservation, Land Use, and Environmental.


The City's consultant, Kimley-Horn (formerly Canin Associates of Orlando), held a public engagement meeting on February 4, 2023, and presented draft Goals, Objectives and Policies (GOPs) to the Future Land Use, Transportation and Housing Elements of the Comprehensive Plan. The consultant would also present draft Land Development Regulations to help implement the Goals, Objectives and Policies (GOPs). Environment related Comprehensive Plan amendments would be addressed as part of a future project. The consultant subsequently presented various iterations of the Comprehensive Plan amendments and Code changes to the City Council at the March 28, April 25, and May 23, 2023 City Council meetings at 5:30 p.m. (special recognitions and presentations).


Principal Planner Eddy Galindo, AICP, highlighted additional history and progress of the agenda item, including that on August 8, 2023, the Council directed the staff to obtain public input on the draft Comprehensive Plan amendments and proposed changes to the Land Development Regulations. Three public meetings were held September 18, September 28 and October 5, 2023. More than 100 members of the public participated. On October 24, 2023, the staff presented to the Council a summary of the public input.


On November 28, 2023, the City Council directed the staff to schedule hearings to transmit the Comprehensive Plan amendments to the State's Land Planning Agency for review. The Council specifically requested to retain the Future Land Use Element Policy 1.2.4 (actual 1.2.3) related to the location of commercial development. Also included for the Community Redevelopment Agency’s review were draft changes to the Downtown Mixed Use (DMU) zoning district regulations to implement the Comprehensive Plan amendments.


On January 9, 2024, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) reviewed the amendment related to the downtown. The CRA recommended reconsidering the use of "shall", make TE Strategy plain language, and make FLUE Strategies more general.


Staff also sought to seek additional input prior to upcoming transmittal hearing, including that on January 17, 2024, the item was on the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) agenda. There was also this presentation to City Council on January 23, 2024; however, the formal transmittal hearings were scheduled for the P&Z or Local Planning Agency meeting of February 7, 2024 and City Council on February 13, 2024 (next month).


In addition, Principal Planner Galindo advised that feedback received from the Planning and Zoning Commission was forwarded or provided to the City Council.


Council and staff discussion ensued on the following:


  • A City-wide element would address more than just corridors, but the corridors emphasized in the gateways were the City’s three (3) major corridors
  • The purpose of each of the draft policy sections presented in the agenda packet
  • Transmittal hearings scheduled for February 2024 (transmittal to the State Department of Economic Opportunity)


There was no additional discussion.




Petitions and Requests from the Public Present (Open Forum) – 


Stan Johnston expressed concern on whether the City Council was receiving the Titusville Environmental Commission’s recommendations. He also commented on his concerns for a prior sewer spill or equipment failure. 




Toni Shifalo opposed amending the Comprehensive Plan and drafting an amendment to create a new City-Wide Element and Future Land Use Element with Gateway Corridor, as being developed or drafted in conjunction with consultants of Kimley-Horn. She commented that more public input should be included in the project. 




With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.