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Date of Issue: September 03, 2008

Comp plan changes on September agenda

Tropical Storm Fay was a non-event weather-wise, but the storm did interrupt Island business, including the Holmes Beach city commission meeting of Aug. 19.

The commission was expected to hold a second and final vote on an ordinance to transmit amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan to the state for review.

With city hall closed on Aug. 19 as a storm precaution, the meeting was opened at 7 p.m. by Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens and continued at 7:02 p.m. for lack of a quorum.

The commission is expected to vote on the comp plan transmittal at the 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

The changes to the comp plan are based on the previously approved evaluation appraisal report and include amendments to the plan’s land use, housing, transportation, infrastructure and recreation, conservation and coastal management elements.

One of the more significant changes involves establishing a mixed-use overlay in the commercial area generally referred to as downtown Holmes Beach. The provision allows for a blend of commercial and residential uses, with commercial operations on the first floor of a building and residential on the second and third floors.

During its review, the planning board agreed to reduce the mixed-use overlay district, which originally covered all property designated as commercial on the future land-use map.

In the transportation element, a proposed amended map shows Key Royale Drive as a two-lane, major roadway to make the street eligible for improvements under the local-option 5-cent gas tax.

In the housing element, the planning board attempted to address the state’s requirement that comp plans deal with affordable housing.

The recreation and open-space element includes a proposed map showing shorelines and waterways, a new requirement from the state.

With the vote, the document goes to the state for review, city planning consultant Bill Brisson said,

He added, “I have no doubt they will find something.”

The state has 60 days to review the amendments and then the city would take 60 days to make any needed changes.