February 19, 2020 Minutes

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, February 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Vice Chairman Severs called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Secretary Richardson, Member Speidel, Member Bobbitt, Member Taylor, Alternate Member Idtensohn, and Alternate Member Noel-Copeland. Also in attendance were Planning Manager Brad Parrish, Senior Planner Gabriel Quintas, Assistant City Attorney Chelsea Farrell, and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.

 

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Vice Chairman Severs asked to move forward to item 10D: School Board Appointee. 

 

David Lindemann with the Brevard County School Board came to introduce Mr. Gibson Boyer as the Local Planning Agency Representative for the Brevard School Board onto the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission. 

 

Mr. Boyer said he was glad to be able to serve as the Local Planning Agency Representative for the Brevard School Board on the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

 

Vice Chairman Severs welcomed Mr. Boyer to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

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Secretary Richardson motioned to approve the minutes from the January 22, 2020 regular meeting.  Member Speidel seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote. 

 

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Quasi-Judicial Confirmation Procedures

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Consent Agenda Items

 

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Old Business

None

 

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New Business

 

Election of Officers (Video start time 00:11:20)

 

Member Bobbitt nominated Dwight Severs to be Chairman. There were no other nominations.

 

Member Bobbitt made a motion electing Dwight Severs as Chairman. Member Speidel seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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Member Speidel nominated Joseph Richardson to be Vice Chairman. Mr. Richardson declined. 

 

Secretary Richardson nominated Bryan Bobbitt to be Vice Chairman. There were no other nominations.

 

Secretary Richardson made a motion electing Bryan Bobbitt as Vice Chairman. Member Speidel seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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Secretary Richardson nominated Jane Speidel to be Secretary. There were no other nominations.

 

Secretary Richardson made a motion electing Jane Speidel as Secretary. Alternate Member Idtensohn seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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ROW# 1-2019 – Greg Nelson (Video start time 00:16:22)

Mr. Quintas gave an overview of this item.

 

Rodney Honeycutt of 3700 S. Washington Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. Mr. Honeycutt asked for clarity on the conditions and if there is anything that needs to be done right now due to the 180 day limit. Mr. Parrish said nothing needs to be done as of today.

 

Alternate Member Noel-Copeland asked what the current zoning is on this property. Mr. Parrish said it is zoned General Use (GU). 

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Vice Chairman Bobbitt made a motion to approve ROW# 1-2019 with the staff recommended conditions. Member Richardson seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Secretary Speidel                    Yes

Member Taylor                       Yes

Member Idtensohn                 Yes

Member Richardson               Yes

Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

Vice Chairman Bobbitt           Yes

Chairman Severs                     Yes      

            

Motion Passed.

 

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ROW# 3-2019 – Hope Hammock (Video start time 00:29:29)

Mr. Quintas gave an overview of this item.

 

Z. Sid Chehayeb of 3650 Bobbi Lane #119 Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. 

 

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Member Richardson made a motion to approve ROW# 3-2019 with the staff recommended conditions.  Alternate Member Noel-Copeland seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Richardson               Yes

Member Idtensohn                 Yes

Secretary Speidel                    Yes

Vice Chairman Bobbitt           Yes

Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

Member Taylor                       Yes

Chairman Severs                     Yes      

            

Motion Passed.

 

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REZ# 4-2019 Canopy Living Assisted Living Facility (ALF) (Video start time 00:35:10)

Mr. Quintas gave an overview of this item.

 

Member Richardson asked if this was a flag lot. Mr. Quintas said no.

 

Rodney Honeycutt of 3700 S. Washington Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item.

 

Carrie Bailey of 343 NW Cole Terrace Ste 201 Lake City, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. 

 

Chairman Severs asked Ms. Bailey was does the canopy represent. Ms. Bailey said it represents strength, protection and stability. 

 

Chairman Severs asked if there was a tree survey submitted yet. Mr. Honeycutt said a tree survey has not been submitted at this time but if this is approved, the tree survey would be done for the next step.

 

Chairman Severs asked how many units will be in the facility. Ms. Bailey said 64 units. Mr. Honeycutt wanted to clarify that there could be up to 75 beds but only 64 units.

 

Chairman Severs said he has concerns about the 50-foot buffer to the south east of the property not being a true 50 foot of undisturbed vegetative area. Chairman Severs asked how will trees be preserved if this area is also used for dry retention. This condition needs to be stated more clearly to state that 6-inch trees will not be disturbed and dry retention will be designed to not impact trees.

 

Al Taylor of 2820 St. Charles Court Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. Mr. Taylor said he is for this project but voiced that he would like for a fence to be around the property to protect the residents.

 

Tom Formstrom of 4875 Winchester Drive Titusville, Florida came to speak neither for nor against this item. Mr. Formstrom said he would like to see an 8-foot block wall as a buffer between the property and neighborhood. 

 

Woody Bramblett of 2840 St. Mark’s Drive Titusville, Florida came to speak neither for nor against this item. Mr. Bramblett said he would like to have some sort of barrier other than the trees and he also has concerns about the elevation of the property because of drainage issues on the property.

 

Janet Tuttle of 2810 St. Mark’s Drive Titusville, Florida came to speak neither for nor against this item. Ms. Tuttle voiced her concerns regarding the location of the dumpster and the delivery area for the project. 

 

Member Richardson said he does not like the location of the dumpsters and the location for deliveries on this project and said he would not vote in favor of this item unless it was changed.

 

Timothy Unrue of 4820 Winchester Drive Titusville, Florida came to speak neither for nor against this item. Mr. Unrue said he would like to keep the view of the trees over an 8-foot block wall but does feel like a fence or barrier is needed. Mr. Unrue suggested having the fence put more on the inner property instead of the outer property line.

 

Mary Sphar of 825 Clifton Cove Court Cocoa, Florida came to speak neither for nor against this item. Ms. Sphar voiced her concerns regarding saving trees on the property.

 

Ms. Bailey came to rebut. Ms. Bailey said there are very strict regulations that must be followed with an Assisted Living Facility. Ms. Bailey said that the memory care residents are in a much more secure area and are not allowed to roam about the property. Ms. Bailey said that there will be fencing on the property to make it secure. Ms. Bailey said that the truck traffic will be very low with maybe two deliveries a week and maybe two trash pickups a week.

 

Vice Chairman Bobbitt asked if the barrier could be put on the inner property in front of the tree line so that the neighborhood would not have to look at a block wall. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that she cautions the Commission on making exactions on someone’s property because this is prohibited. 

 

Member Richardson asked that the dumpsters and delivery location be changed on the plan. 

 

Secretary Speidel wants to be sure that the trees are saved and has concerns about sizeable trees being replaced with small trees.

 

Assistant City Attorney Farrell read Chapter 70 Section 45 of the Florida Statutes regarding Governmental exactions for clarity for the Planning and Zoning Commission members.

 

Vice Chairman Bobbitt said he would like to see some kind of fencing on the property.

 

Alternate Member Noel-Copeland said that she has heard a lot of concerns regarding screening, design for location of services, and trees. Alternate Member Noel-Copeland suggested that this item be tabled so that more information can be obtained before the Planning and Zoning Commission makes a decision. 

 

Chairman Severs said there is no Hospital Medical (HM) anywhere in this area and he has concerns with the rezoning being changed to HM. Chairman Severs said that Assisted Living Facilities are allowed in R2 and R3 zonings as long as conditions are met. Chairman Severs said HM is not compatible with the surrounding zoning. 

 

Chairman Severs said according to Section 5.2.8.7 of the Technical Manual the conceptual site plan should include information showing the proposed landscaping areas and existing trees and tree clusters. 

 

Chairman Severs said he also feels that this item should be tabled to allow for more information to be provided to the Planning and Zoning Commission before a decision is made. 

 

Mr. Parrish explained how staff reviewed this item.

 

Mr. Quintas said that a detailed tree survey is not required at this stage of the process.

   

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Secretary Speidel made a motion to table ROW# 4-2019 to allow additional time for Staff and or the Applicant to provide additional information regarding the project. Member Richardson seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Secretary Speidel                    Yes

Member Taylor                       Yes

Member Idtensohn                 Yes

Vice Chairman Bobbitt           No

Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

Member Richardson               Yes

Chairman Severs                     Yes      

            

Motion Passed with a 6 yes and 1 no vote.

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Uptown Height LDR (Video start time 01:45:43)

Mr. Quintas gave an overview of this item.

 

Woody Rice of 505 Indian River Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item.

 

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

 

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

 

Vice Chairman Bobbitt said he feels that 2-stories is high enough and businesses should expand out and not up. Vice Chairman Bobbitt said he does not support this ordinance change.

 

Member Taylor said that she sees this as being a necessity for Titusville and would like to see this property and area developed. Member Taylor said she does support this ordinance change.

 

Secretary Speidel said she does not see allowing this change blending into the existing area very well. 

 

Chairman Severs asked if the information provided includes the Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) support. Mr. Parrish said yes. Chairman Severs said he would rather see the additional height in the Downtown and not along the waterfront.

 

Vice Chairman Bobbitt said he likes the small-town look and feel and is firmly against this.

 

Member Taylor said she feels this is a great location for the additional height to be allowed.

 

Alternate Member Noel-Copeland said she would support the 5-story limit and no higher.

 

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Vice Chairman Bobbitt made a motion to deny the Uptown Height ordinance change.  Member Richardson seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Taylor                       No

Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

Secretary Speidel                    Yes

Member Richardson               Yes

Member Idtensohn                 Yes

Vice Chairman Bobbitt           Yes

Chairman Severs                     No       

            

Motion Passed with a 5 yes, 2 no vote.

 

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Vice Chairman Bobbitt made a motion to request that City Council request advisability on the current code allowing hotel convention center 10-stories in the Uptown being limited to only 5-stories. Member Idtensohn seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

            Vice Chairman Bobbitt           Yes

            Secretary Speidel                    Yes

            Member Noel-Copeland         Yes

            Member Idtensohn                 Yes

            Member Taylor                       No

            Member Richardson               Yes

            Chairman Severs                     Yes

 

Motion Passed with a 6 yes, 1 no vote.

 

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Reports (Video start time 02:27:00)

 

 

City Council Summary of Actions – January 28, 2020

Chairman Severs asked for clarity as to if City Council approved the Wetland Survey with the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendations.

 

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City Council Summary of Actions – February 11, 2020

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in regards to this item. Mr. Johnston said that he requested a report during this City Council meeting and he has not received the report and has sent e-mails.

 

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Sunshine Law & Public Meeting Guidance

Assistant City Attorney Farrell gave a presentation on the Sunshine Law. 

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in regards to this item. Mr. Johnston said that City Attorney Richard Broome meets one on one with the City Council and he feels this is wrong.

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The Wedge Property approval history (Video start time 02:40:55)

 

Mr. Parrish gave a brief overview of this item.

 

Member Richardson said that there was a meeting that took place between Robin Fisher and the City of Titusville in April 2016 that was not mentioned. 

 

Member Richardson said he has concerns with the traffic in this area and believes it will be a high-risk area for accidents due to the deceleration lane and acceleration lanes as is.

 

Secretary Speidel said she has concerns with the amount of fill dirt needed for this property.

 

Chairman Severs said he did some research on this property and agrees that is going to be a problem area for traffic accidents.

 

Chairman Severs said he would like for the mitigation of wetlands to be kept in the City of Titusville. Chairman Severs said this should be put in the 2040 Comp Plan.

 

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Petitions and Requests from Public Present

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak. Mr. Johnston handed out a copy of a map. Mr. Johnston spoke about this map.

 

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Member Richardson said three of the last five Planning and Zoning meetings have been cancelled and he feels that the meetings should never be cancelled because the Planning and Zoning Commission should be discussing the 2040 Comp Plan.

 

Member Richardson suggested that the Planning and Zoning Commission have a dinner to thank Shawn Williams for his years of service to the City of Titusville, serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Chairman Severs said he met with Mr. Parrish about Low Impact Development and how strongly he believes it would be useful in the Area of Critical Concern. Chairman Severs said he would like for this to be reviewed very soon.

 

Chairman Severs said he would also like to start reviewing the Tree Ordinance and not wait on the Titusville Environmental Commission to finish their review. 

 

Adjournment 8:57 p.m.