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Date of Issue: March 16, 2006

Holmes Beach public hearing Thursday on land-use conflicts

The Holmes Beach planning commission will hold a public hearing Thursday, March 16, on a proposed small plan amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan that will affect property east of Gulf Drive between the Anna Maria Elementary School and 52nd Street.

The proposed amendment would redesignate property in the conflict area from low-density residential to medium- density residential on the city’s future land-use map.

At issue is that the majority of properties in the affected area are duplexes, but the current FLUM calls for low-density residential. Without the amendment, duplexes in the zone cannot remodel or rebuild, except possibly in the event of a natural disaster.

City planner Bill Brisson, who drew up the amendment, also wants the planning commission to discuss other conflicts between designations on the FLUM and current zoning in certain locations.

Those discussions and locations will include the conflicts in Sportsman’s Harbor, which is just south of the school on the east side of Gulf Drive, at the Driftwood Motel, 5108 Gulf Drive, and the adjoining property, and with the property located at 204 31st St.

The planning commission meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.