Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Sunday, Dec, 21, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: October 06, 2005

Inactivity would mean expiration of application

The Holmes Beach Planning Commission is considering a number of similar provisions to the land development code to speed up applications for a number of city approvals, particularly for a vacation of right of way.

Planner Bill Brisson told the committee at its Sept. 29 meeting that the problem is that if someone applies for a vacation, comprehensive plan amendment or other such action, they are not obligated to respond to city requests for more information. One current right of way application has been on file since 2000, he said.

The committee considered the proposal that if the city requests more information or further action from the applicant, the requesting party has 180 days to respond. If no action is taken, the application is voided and the party has to begin anew the application process.

Among the procedures the proposed ordinance would effect are applications for vacation, rezoning, comp-plan amendment, site-plan submission, application for level of service compliance, conditional uses, preliminary plat, expansion or extension of a nonconforming use or structure, a dimensional variance and a flood-plain management variance.

Brisson also presented the committee with a draft proposal to establish a procedure for obtaining an interpretation of the land development code from a city official and establishing a fee for such advice.

Committee members were in general agreement with the intent of the proposal, but wanted to ensure that the action is not directed against all applicants.

Brisson said the regulation is targeted at major projects, and a full definition of a major project and the procedures for obtaining an interpretation will come before the committee at a future meeting.

Brisson also suggested the committee study the current sign ordinance, particularly as it concerns rental property.

The city is now enforcing the ordinance that prohibits short-term rental signs on a property in a residential zone.

Some houses, said Brisson, are "acting as hotels" in residential areas with "for rent" signs openly displayed.

While code enforcement has sent a letter to offenders telling them to take down the signs, Brisson wanted to know if the committee wanted to allow the rental signs.

If the commission hasn't changed the ordinance, said Chairperson Sue Normand, then all areas of the city should be treated the same. The committee did think that such signs might be allowed in the R-4 residential areas.

Susan Long of the building department noted that many real estate agents have come to the department recently complaining that they are being told to take the signs down.

"It's not a new law," she said. "It's just being enforced."

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander