August 19, 2020 Minutes 6:00pm

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Chairman Severs called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Vice Chairman Richardson, Secretary Speidel, Member Porter, Member Grant, Member Murray. Alternate Member Noel-Copeland joined the meeting via telecommunication. Also in attendance were Senior Planner Gabriel Quintas, Sustainability Planner Eddy Galindo, City Engineer KB Ofosu, Assistant City Attorney Chelsea Farrell, and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.

 

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Vice Chairman Richardson made a motion to approve the minutes from the August 5, 2020 meeting. Secretary Speidel seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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Vice Chairman Richardson wanted to clarify that the tiny homes discussion and the Dairy Road project are two different topics and do not have anything to do with each other. He said a neighborhood community meeting is being held next Wednesday at 6:00pm regarding the Dairy Road project and the meeting is being held at La Cita and believes it should be held somewhere closer to Dairy Road because having it at La Cita violates the spirit of the meeting. Mr. Quintas said he will pass on his concerns.

 

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Chairman Severs said Staff requested to move forward to item 9B on the agenda. Mr. Quintas asked if both items 9B and 9C could be heard before item 9A. The Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to hear items 9B and 9C before item 9A.

 

Member Murray said she drove by S. Hopkins Avenue.

 

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Quasi-Judicial Confirmation Procedures

 

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Consent Agenda Item

 

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Old Business

None

 

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New Business

Small Scale Amendment SSA#1-2020 – 2308 S. Hopkins Avenue (Video start time 00:13:19)

Mr. Quintas gave an overview of this item.

 

Vice Chairman Richardson said that this property has been cited multiple times for illegal storage and he asked Assistant City Attorney Farrell if the violations have been brought into compliance. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said yes.

 

Member Murray asked if this is going to be used as five office spaces because she does not feel the parking is adequate if this is the use. Mr. Quintas said he did not believe it would be used as five office spaces. Member Noel-Copeland said this was mentioned in the narrative portion of the application. Mr. Quintas said that this was submitted by the applicant, however the use of the building will need to comply with the code and if the parking is not adequate then the use would not be approved. 

 

Member Grant asked if there is going to be any expansion done. Mr. Quintas said he is unaware of any plans to expand. 

 

Alanna Buckner of 1015 N. Carpenter Road Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. Ms. Buckner said that they would be in favor of the Office Professional (OP) zoning instead of the Neighborhood Commercial (NC). 

 

Member Noel-Copeland asked a question regarding page 44 of the agenda Section B. Is the NC that is referenced in this paragraph correct. Mr. Quintas said yes. 

 

Chairman Severs said that the applicant mentioned they would be okay with the Office Professional zoning and he would suggest recommending the Office Professional zoning, it is more restrictive.  

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Member Murray made a motion to recommend amending the FLUM by replacing the existing Low-Density Residential FLU with the Commercial-Low Intensity FLU on property 2308 S. Hopkins Avenue. Secretary Speidel seconded. 

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Secretary Speidel                    Yes

Member Porter                        Yes

Member Murray                      Yes

Member Grant                        Yes

Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

Vice Chairman Richardson     Yes

Chairman Severs                     Yes      

            

Motion Passed.

 

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Member Murray made a motion to recommend rezoning property located at 2308 S. Hopkins Avenue from Single-Family Medium Density (R-1B) to Office Professional (OP). 

 

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Grant                        Yes

Secretary Speidel                    Yes

Member Murray                      Yes

Vice Chairman Richardson     Yes

Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

Member Porter                        Yes

Chairman Severs                     Yes

 

Motion Passed.

 

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Right-of-Way ROW#1-2020 – Logan Drive (Video start time 00:30:30)

Mr. Quintas gave an overview of this item.

 

Roxanne Hahn of 1404 Elm Terrace Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. 

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item.

 

Chairman Severs said he does not see any place for garbage trucks or emergency vehicles to be able to turn around at the end of this street. Ms. Hahn said that the garbage trucks back down the street. Chairman Severs said that there should be a cul-de-sac or a T-intersection available to turn around. He is surprised that the Public Works Department approved this. 

 

Tom Dobson of 1400 Overlook Terrace Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. Mr. Dobson said that this street has always been a dead end and that there is an unimproved dirt area that can be used to turnaround if needed. 

 

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Member Murray made a motion recommending approval of ROW# 1-2020. Member Grant seconded. 

 

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Secretary Speidel                    Yes

Member Porter                        Yes

Member Murray                      Yes

Vice Chairman Richardson     Yes

Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

Member Grant                        Yes

Chairman Severs                     No

 

Motion Passed with a 6 yes and 1 no vote.

 

Chairman Severs voted no because it does not meet the criteria for right-of-way vacation and the city should utilize this area for a turnaround for its vehicles. 

 

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Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance (Video start time 00:47:00)

Mr. Galindo gave an overview of this item.

 

Laurilee Thompson of 3550 Irwin Avenue Mims, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. Ms. Thompson presented a display of pictures of the Indian River Lagoon. 

 

Toni Shifalo of 715 Tropic Street Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. 

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. 

 

Vice Chairman Richardson asked Staff if there is really a need to hire a consultant. Mr. Galindo said that if this is something that is required, then Staff would need a consultant to determine the areas that the LID’s could be required. Vice Chairman Richardson said he would rather not use any consultants. 

 

Member Murray asked why the city is using the word “encourage” instead of “required”. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said this is not mandated at this time so the word “encourage” is being used. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that this is being brought up now to get the feedback and any recommendations that the Commission would like to forward on to City Council regarding Low Impact Development. 

 

Member Murray said she is looking for a stronger statement and said Low Impact Development should be the standard. 

 

Member Grant agrees that there needs to be stronger language used in the ordinance. 

 

Member Noel-Copeland referenced page 34 of the agenda packet and asked Mr. Galindo if he knows how many Developers are actually using Low Impact Development and what is the feedback from those developers. Mr. Galindo said he is unsure of this information but would reach out to get this information and bring it back to the Commission. 

 

Chairman Severs said the condition of the Indian River Lagoon is disheartening and the stormwater ponds are not working. The LID has been in review since 2018 and it is time to take action. There has been a lot of dragging feet on this item. There is plenty of information available to take action. Development that goes directly or indirectly into the Indian River Lagoon should be required to use LID, or at least 50% LID. Encouraging LID gets the city nowhere, and LID could be easily incorporated into Developments. 

 

Chairman Severs said that Staff and the City’s Legal Department are more than capable of drafting a LID ordinance in sixty days that requires LID. The city has spent thousands of dollars on consultants and this is just another excuse used to delay this. Chairman Severs said he has no objections with stormwater credits as incentive. Chairman Severs said LID should not only be looked at to protect the Indian River Lagoon but also the St. Johns River basins. 

 

Chairman Severs suggested moving forward and asking Staff to draft the LID ordinance now. 

 

Vice Chairman Richardson said the time is now and agrees that Staff should start drafting the ordinance. A consultant should only be used if it is absolutely necessary. 

 

Member Murray asked what is the timeline that Staff would need to bring back a draft ordinance. She is not opposed to using consultants but they need a clear plan as direction. Member Murray said that if Developers are given a minimum, that is usually all they do. Mr. Galindo said that the Titusville Environmental Commission heard this presentation last week, and their recommendation along with the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation will be presented to City Council on August 25, 2020. Mr. Galindo said that City Council’s direction will be passed on to the Titusville Environmental Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Galindo said that a consultant would be needed to ensure that if the City requires LID that the City knows where that can be required. 

 

Secretary Speidel said she does not like the word “encourage” and does not necessarily like using consultants but feels that it would be needed due to the amount of wetlands in Titusville.

 

Member Murray asked what the consultant would actually do. Mr. Ofosu said that the consultant would do all the research and provide all the technical details. The consultant would determine if the BMP’s would work and will they meet the standards. Member Murray asked how the consultant would get this information, would the city provide it or would they be doing their own research and studies. Mr. Ofosu said it would be a combination of both.

 

Chairman Severs suggested making the applicant responsible for submitting the required engineering reports about soils etc. Chairman Severs said that the City of Titusville should not pay for a consultant to do reports that the applicants should submit and pay for themselves. 

 

Chairman Severs said that the City’s Legal Department can draft the ordinance. 

 

Member Murray said she wants the LID required, therefore if it is required she wants to be absolutely sure that it is done right and a consultant will help ensure that it is done right.   

 

Member Porter said he would like to move forward with a recommendation to City Council to use LID. 

 

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Vice Chairman Richardson made a motion recommending that City Council direct city staff to draft a Low Impact Development (LID) ordinance that makes LID a requirement and have the draft ordinance done by January 1, 2021. Also, to only use a consultant if absolutely necessary. Secretary Speidel seconded. 

 

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

Secretary Speidel                    Yes

Member Murray                      Yes

Member Grant                        Yes

Vice Chairman Richardson     Yes

Member Porter                        Yes

Chairman Severs                     Yes

 

Motion Passed.

 

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Petitions and Requests from Public Present and Press

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak. Mr. Johnston spoke about clogged floodways.

 

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Reports 

 

City Council Summary of Action July 28, 2020 (Video Start time 02:02:20)

Informational only.

 

Chairman Severs referenced pages 112-113 of the agenda packet and asked why City Council tabled the wetland survey requirements. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that the Attorney’s office is addressing some inconsistencies. Chairman Severs said that if changes are made, this should be brought back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review.

 

City Council Summary of Action August 11, 2020

Informational only.

 

Chairman Severs said that the Brooks Landing was not date specific and asked when will it be heard again. Mr. Quintas said it should be the next City Council meeting, August 25, 2020.

 

Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan 

Mr. Quintas said that Mr. Parrish will give an update regarding the 2040 Comprehensive Plan at the September 2, 2020 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. 

 

Chairman Severs said he has not been contacted by anyone from the City to discuss his recommendations. 

 

Member Porter asked if the recommendations that were discussed at the previous meeting were given to Mr. Parrish. Mr. Quintas said yes.

 

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Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that all of the Commission members should have their City-issued e-mail addresses and she has been able to confirm everyone but Secretary Speidel. Once confirmation is made the city will start using those e-mail addresses to conduct City business.

 

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Member Murray made a few comments regarding the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. She said that the structure of the comp plan is only recommended and it can include more narrative in the future. Member Murray said she found that there are components that are optional and required and she would like to know in the future which ones are optional and which ones are required. Member Murray said she could not access Brevard County’s Comp Plan and would like to know if the City has a copy that they could forward her or how she can access their Comp Plan. Member Murray asked where she can find the twelve historic areas that are talked about. Member Murray suggested moving the introduction and vision to the index as they are not required. Member Murray said she will e-mail Mr. Parrish her comments. Mr. Quintas said he will also pass along the comments to Mr. Parrish. 

 

Adjournment 8:30pm