Holmes Beach looks to change future building

With the controversial Holmes Beach building moratorium imposed, it allows up to six months for the city commission to enact changes in the Residential-2 zone. And, there’s already a smorgasbord of proposed changes on the plates of city commissioners, officials, the planner and attorney, including:

        • A living-area ratio ordinance expected to impose a .34 LAR for new construction and substantial remodels. The new ordinance has been drafted to change the land development code to restrict the square footage of homes in proportion to lot sizes. Non-air-conditioned spaces, including a garage, patio, balcony, porch and terrace, will not be included in calculating LAR. It is set for a final commission vote Jan. 22.

        • A one-pool-per lot rule. Commissioners are expected to review land development code amendments Jan. 17 to limit the construction of one pool for each city lot. Staff is researching possible exceptions.

        • Dock setback rules in line with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but considerate of prior rules in some areas. The commission is expected to hear the first reading on the new ordinance Jan. 22.

        • Business tax restrictions. Legal opinions are expected on the subject of tying compliance to city and state building codes to future issuance of business receipts to rental properties. Commissioner Judy Titsworth suggested Jan. 8 that the occupancy requirement also be considered.

        • Two building department policies on corner lots and elevator shafts. They are expected to be written by building inspector Tom O’Brien and reviewed at future commission meeting.

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