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Date of Issue: January 21, 2009

ROR not on commission agenda this week

Continuation of the Anna Maria public hearing on proposed amendments to the city’s retail-office-residential district will not take place at the city commission’s Jan. 22 meeting, Commission Chairman John Quam said.

Because the commission is still waiting on recommendations from the planning and zoning board on the ordinance, the public hearing will be re-advertised for Feb. 12, he said.

“It will not be on the agenda Thursday,” Quam said.

The amendments were to be discussed at the planning and zoning board meeting Jan. 20 after the newspaper’s deadline, where it was expected some residents would seek to change the ROR-district criteria for owner vs. rented residential units.

The comp plan calls for the ROR to be a mixed-use district and does not require the owner to be the occupant of residential units in the district.

The amendments to the ROR ordinance are needed to bring the document into compliance with the city’s revised comprehensive plan, often called the “bible” for city matters that was adopted in 2008. The comp-plan revisions took the city nearly five years to develop and pass.

Although the commission and P&Z board had given consensus to the amendments at a joint work session in August 2008, some residents at the Jan. 8 public hearing expressed concern that the city should require the owner of a structure in the ROR to be the residential occupant.

That ordinance change was first proposed several years ago during discussion of the comprehensive plan by the city’s ad-hoc comp-plan committee.