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Tampa City Council
Thursday, August 11, 2005
5:30 p.m. session

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[Sounding gavel]
>>GWEN MILLER: Tampa City Council is called to order.
Chair will yield to Mr. Kevin White.
>>KEVIN WHITE: It's my honor and privilege to introduce Colonel Rob North, currently the chief operating officer without walls international church.
He retired from the Army after 27 years of active duty as intelligence officer.
Traveled extensively and spent nearly seven years in the Middle East, was a member of general Tommy Franks personal staff and has been married for 38 years and has three children, four grandchildren.
He's a wonderful asset to the Tampa community.
At this time we would ask you to come up and give the invocation and we will remain standing for the pledge of allegiance.
>>> Thank you tonight for those who you place in authority over this city.
Lord, we ask for your guidance.
Lord, we ask for your wisdom, that they may be empowered with your wisdom, Lord, to make the decisions that would work best for this city, for the people of this city, Lord, for this nation.
Lord, I speak a blessing over each one of these members, Lord, that they may be empowered, that they may be able to do their work easily and handily and Lord that you keep them in good health, and you keep them sharp in every decision that they make.
And we thank you for your guidance.
We thank you for your assistance tonight, in Jesus name, amen.

>>GWEN MILLER: Roll call.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: (No response.)
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Here.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Here.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: (No response.)
>>ROSE FERLITA: (No response.)
>>KEVIN WHITE: Here.
>>GWEN MILLER: Here.
From this morning, we had some hearings, appeals that we need to go through.
>>THE CLERK: You carried over item number 95 to have the corrected ordinance presented for first reading.
I believe the public hearing was still open.
You need to close it before you --.
>>GWEN MILLER: Need to close the public hearing.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to close.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Second.
(Motion carried)
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move an ordinance of the city of Tampa, Florida establishing a community development district to be known as the New Port Tampa Bay a proposed community of approximately 1750 residential units, 83,750 square feet of office space, and 156,250 square feet of retail space, for the purpose of managing and delivering basic community infrastructure improvement within a parcel of land generally located near the intersection of Gandy Boulevard and South Westshore Boulevard, comprising 52 acres more or less entirely within the boundaries of the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, the same being more fully described in section 2 hereof pursuant to chapter 190 Florida, statutes, providing for severability, providing an effective date.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
All in favor of the motion say Aye.
Opposed, Nay.
(Motion carried)
>>THE CLERK: I do have the letter from the petitioner showing that the notice was published in the St. Pete Times on four consecutive weeks.
We need to have that received and filed.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to receive and file.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>THE CLERK: From this morning, also, you had a wet zoning petition that was carried over to tonight.
I think --.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: WZ 0588.
Eric Cotton had written a memorandum.
This case was misnoticed earlier this week.
The scanned version of the petition was sent over from our office incorrectly.
Apparently there were three pages of the legal description, two of them stuck together, so the electronic version that got scheduled was missing a page.
But it was a staff error, administrative error.
Petitioner is not responsible for that particular item.
We are not objecting if council so wishes to waive the fee -- I'm sorry, the amendment fee of $200, and we would recommend September 15th, 2005 as a reschedule date, with the caveat that the petitioner will have to renotice everyone within 250 feet, property owners, affected neighborhood associations, and repost the signs per code.
>>GWEN MILLER: Need a motion to waive the fee.
>> So moved.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>GWEN MILLER: Set the date for September 15th.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Move to reset the date, 10:00.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
(Motion carried)
>>THE CLERK: On July 21st council had set a resolution setting closure public hearing.
At the time there was an exhibit B that was supposed to have been attached to that.
It was not attached.
I do have the reso amending that reso to incorporated exhibit B.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second to adopt the resolution.
(Motion carried)
>>THE CLERK: That's all I have.
>>GWEN MILLER: Now we are ready to go to item number 1.
>>JULIA COLE: City of Tampa legal department.
You have before you an ordinance to approve a remedial plan amendment which under the text amendment to the comprehensive plan.
As you may recall, and I did -- the plan amendments come as a result of a stipulated settlement agreement approved by counsel on March 24, 2005.
Tony Garcia is here from the Planning Commission.
This went to the Planning Commission on Monday.
And he did provide council with the Planning Commission's response.
>>TONY GARCIA: Planning Commission staff.
Do I need to be sworn in yet?
>>MARTIN SHELBY: No.
>>> Just want to check.
>> Thanks.
>>> We had our meeting this past Monday.
Planning Commission was presented this remedial plan amendment, and finding it consistent with the comprehensive plan.
>>JULIA COLE: I'm not sure if council had any questions regarding this.
I'm available to answer any questions.
I did specifically outline what was in the remedial plan amendment.
The only thing I would just point out, at the remedial plan amendment, specifically requires the Tampa port authority to put in place and to amend it's port master plan by 2007.
The regulations and the other points within that remedial plan amendment are something that would be accomplished after that fact.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.
I was wondering if somebody, perhaps Tony, could give me a real overview of this.
>>JULIA COLE: I'll go ahead and do that.
What this remedial plan amendment would do is amend the coastal management element including policies, 5.7, objectives 12 and 13, of the coastal management element, and what it does provide is currently there are regulations that in the comprehensive plan that deal with the Tampa port authority, and bringing forward a port master plan as required by statute.
And it's really silent to a lot of other regulatory issues.
As part of the litigation and part of settlement litigation, we had some additional requirements for the Tampa port authority and moving forward with our port master plan, creating a port activity center, creating regulations relating to that port activity center.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Is the gist of to the protect the existing industrially related port uses so that they would remain in the future so that they wouldn't be edged out by residential other uses?
>>> That's correct.
Currently the port activity center that they have is -- part of the port master plan doesn't contain any of those protections.
This would put in place protections and allow the Tampa port authority to amend their port master plan to more specifically identify the properties it's interested in, and then allow the City of Tampa to put in place specialized regulations like an overlay to go ahead and deal with those issues in the future.
>> Frankly this makes a lot of sense.
It's a little overdue.
>>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on item 1?
>> Move to close.
>> Second.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second to close.
(Motion carried)
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Move an ordinance of the city of Tampa, Florida amending the Tampa comprehensive plan, coastal management element by updating policy 5.7 and objective 12 and associated policies and creating objective 13 and associated policies as more particularly described in section 2 below, providing for severability, providing an effective date.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and a second.
All in favor of the motion say Aye.
Opposed Nay.
(Motion carried)
Item number 2 we need to open.
>> So moved.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: I believe we have some things to talk about, items that need to be cleaned up before we go through the agenda.
>>GWEN MILLER: She's coming.
This has to be done at 5:30 and it's not six yet.
>>KEVIN WHITE: A 5:30 hearing.
>> Noticed for 6:00.
And it's 6:02 according to the clock up there. 6:01 here.
>>GWEN MILLER: Okay.
This is a little slow then.
Go ahead, Ms. Coyle, clean up.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Land development.
Item 2, we actually need to have some discussion on so I can move through the rest of the agenda, if you would like, for the other continuances.
Item number 3, Z 0540 the petitioner did file an amended site plan, does not meet the 13 day deadline. The next open slot is 10-27-05 at 6 p.m.
>>THE CLERK: Need to open your public --.
>>GWEN MILLER: You need to open.
All in favor.
Opposed, Nay.
(Motion carried)
We need a motion to set.
Is there anyone in the public to speak on item number 3?
>>KEVIN WHITE: Continue to 10-27.
>>STEVE MICHELINI: On behalf of the petitioner, we concur.
>>GWEN MILLER: Now we can continue.
>>KEVIN WHITE: 10-27-05.
(Motion carried)
>>GWEN MILLER: Go ahead, Ms. Coyle.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Did you make the motion?
>>GWEN MILLER: We did.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Item number 4 is Z 05-26.
This petition, we just received the site plan August 10, yesterday.
Apparently there is another new site plan that I have not received.
Speaking with the petitioner and the neighborhood, I believe that they are requesting a day meeting and the neighborhood does not have opposition to the day meeting.
After speaking with the petitioner, he thinks he can get it in for two weeks from now, which would require them submitting the plan to me by tomorrow at noon.
I don't know what revisions have to take place.
I would suggest three weeks.
September 1st.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Not knowing the facts of the case I am going to caution council as a policy rule, on first continuance with a site plan that has not yet been reviewed, I just caution council to setting something for a day meeting as opposed to a meeting in the evening.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
>>STEVE MICHELINI: We have been working with the neighborhood on this particular project, and they are here to speak to this.
But they concur that a day meeting is fine.
This has been reviewed over several months.
And it has complete staff input on this.
We actually are reducing the number of units and spreading them out.
And we're also adding green space and more temporary guest parking.
So we adjusted site constraints last time.
This is site setback issues.
And we are respectfully requesting a day meeting in two weeks.
>>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public who would like to please come up?
Speak on the continuance now.
>>> 60 Columbia drive.
The majority of the neighbors on the street have indicated that if one of the units was removed they would be supportive.
What we mentioned to council a couple months ago, they have agreed with that.
So all three of the neighbors directly of the four directly behind, the Deers and Moores and Lynches have indicated that they are satisfied with the solution on the project.
So we do think that the project is very nice and will be very attractive on Davis Boulevard.
We think that they have mitigated substantially on the rear of the project to where the single family residences are not impacted nearly significantly as they were before.
I guess the one caveat, it's just really more of in the future, kind of prepare yourselves to speak in many respects just because it seems there is a tremendous amount of pressure on the residents on Davis Boulevard, and there's going to be a lot of redevelopment.
So I think that I would ask council that they give very careful consideration in the future, and I think developers need to be real careful.
It's a very different area to develop in the sense it's only 110 feet deep.
So we have done a lot of homework.
We understand some things better.
But we will say this, they have satisfied what we asked them to do.
There was one neighbor who may still speak and just discuss some things.
>>GWEN MILLER: Do you have a problem with having it in the morning?
>>> We don't have a problem with a daytime meeting.
>>GWEN MILLER: Okay.
Thank you.
>>> Thank you all.
>>GWEN MILLER: What do you have in the morning?
>>CATHERINE COYLE: In the morning it's really up to you.
He was asking for two weeks.
He just showed me a hand-drawn sketch of one unit being removed.
There are significant trees on the site as well, and I still would request three weeks.
He would be required to give me the plan by noon tomorrow, corrected.
If he misses that date he misses the 13 deadline and we are back before you with the same problem.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner, are you going to have it tomorrow at 12?
>>> The 1:20 scale with trees on-site.
There have been issues with the drawing.
>> We have discussed this with Greg Yurcus and I believe he's satisfied but in abundance of caution I guess three weeks would be better, so we if we don't have a problem in the next 24 hours resolving that matter so three weeks would be acceptable.
>>GWEN MILLER: What is three weeks?
>>CATHERINE COYLE: September 1st, 10:00.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Actually understood the new rules you don't have to waive the rules.
>>GWEN MILLER: September 1, 10 a.m.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: So moved.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Item 5.
Z 05-76.
Petitioner has not submitted --.
>>GWEN MILLER: Excuse me, sir, you don't speak out.
Can you come up to the mike if you have a question for me?
What did he say?
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: He wanted to speak on the previous one.
>>GWEN MILLER: The only thing you can talk about, are you satisfied with the continuation?
You can't talk about the merits of it.
Sauce Saul-Sena move to waive the rules to allow him to come speak.
>>GWEN MILLER: Come to the microphone.
We have a motion.
All in favor say Aye.
Opposed, Nay.
(Motion carried)
The only thing you can talk on is the continuance, not the merits.
Number 4?
>>> So I cannot speak about the case?
I cannot give any --
>> You cannot speak about the case.
>>> Can I leave this with the members of the council?
>> What?
>>> I would like before the meeting.
>>THE CLERK: I need his name for the record.
>>> My name is Daniel Markus, 74 Columbus drive.
>>GWEN MILLER: Okay.
You would like to present materials for us?
You can present them but you cannot talk on the merit of the project.
>>> Okay.
>>GWEN MILLER: You have to come back on September the 1st.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: I guess receive and file.
>>GWEN MILLER: I have a motion to receive and file.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.
(Motion carried)
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I would just like to clarify to the gentleman at the podium, tonight we are not going to discuss this case.
We are putting it off.
And it just might be better for you to hold onto these, because we get so many papers, I would hate, when this case comes back in three weeks, to not have the materials.
Because I just think that would be a safer situation.
>>GWEN MILLER: Make a motion to rescind the receive and file.
It goes back to him.
Motion to rescind the receive and file.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: But come back after the hearing.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: I just got a microphone here. If council desires to give individual copies back to the witness -- we can do that.
If that is being received and filed today at least it gives the petitioner an opportunity, which in effect is an ex parte communication, an opportunity to look at the documents in advance of it.
>>GWEN MILLER: We are going to receive and file.
>>> I would like to receive with council.
I may not be here next week.
>>GWEN MILLER: Okay.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Now motion to receive.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Item number 5.
Z 05-76.
This petitioner has not submitted a revised site plan as of 8-11, today.
The next available hearing date, he was asking for a continuance, is 10-27 at 6 p.m.
>>GWEN MILLER: Do we have a motion?
>>MARY ALVAREZ: So moved.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.
(Motion carried)
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Item number 7.
Z 05-11.
Mark Bentley, the petitioner's representative, is requesting a continuance to September 22nd as noted on the agenda.
This continuance is the fifth request for this case.
This would be the sixth public hearing scheduled for this case.
We did receive a revised site plan two days ago.
Staff has not reviewed it.
The next available hearing date if you so choose to continue it is October 27th at 6 p.m.
>>GWEN MILLER: Number 7.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: I believe Mrs. Saul-Sena has a statement.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Yes.
I own a piece of property adjacent to this so I will not be weighing in.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
>>MARK BENTLEY: My name is Mark Bentley, 201 North Franklin Street, Tampa, representing the palm bank, petitioner.
Just for the record this is the fourth continuance.
The first one was initiated by a council beman.
I just want to explain it's not for lack of diligence.
Each time we have made a substantive change to the site plan that requires going back to architects, to the staff, to the neighbors, and receiving input.
A lot of back and forth.
So I think we are essentially doing exactly what this council wants us to do in reaching out to the community and getting some input.
We are at the stage right now where we finalize the plan, and we are prepared to go forward at this point.
So I don't think there's going to be any prejudice as a result of this continuation over the last couple months, actually.
It's really been an improved development.
And so I know it's a little abnormal in terms of being the fourth, but technically, here again, one council member actually suggested we continue it the first time.
So I just want to make it clear, that each time we tray to accommodate a suggestion or neighbor from a staff we have to go back to the architect, et cetera, et cetera.
So it's not that simple.
And we'd appreciate your consideration.
And we are prepared to go forward if you are inclined to grant us the date in October.
Thank you very much.
>>ROSE FERLITA: Just a couple of comments to you, Mr. Bentley.
I think that this council oftentimes frowns upon continuance after continuance after continuance.
That's one side of our profile. The on the side is that in the event that trying to comply with or trying to accommodate some of the preferences of the neighborhood causes you to go back to the drawing board and make your product a little better and a little more palatable in terms of the people that are the T most impacted, that's another story.
So if that's what I'm hearing from your explanation, typically, my posture is, you know, three continuances is enough.
But what you're telling me or what I'm understanding is it's because you're trying to improve it so there aren't any --
>>> that's correct.
When you move the building here it triggers access issues and the dumpster, it requires us to go back to all the agencies, to neighbors, and get endorsement.
So it's been a real diligent effort in spite of the fact it's probably taken six months, seven months.
>>ROSE FERLITA: Some of that is probably reactive because of objections to the neighborhood.
>>> That's correct.
>> And if it's also proactive to find out what else they might be in favor of and do those changes all at once.
Under those circumstances don't have a problem with continuing but --.
>>MARK BENTLEY: In going through this process we have always been very sensitive to the neighbors, not having to be inconvenienced by showing up so we send them letters, we are seeking a continuance.
So there's been ongoing continuing dialogue.
Thank you.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Move to continue.
>>GWEN MILLER: Anyone in the public that's here on item number 7?
Okay.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Move to continue.
>>GWEN MILLER: To the 22nd.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: October 22nd.
October 27th, 6 p.m.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
All in favor say Aye.
Opposed, Nay.
(Motion carried)
>>CATHERINE COYLE: I'm going to go back to item number 2 briefly.
And then once we finish discussing that I'll jump to item number 8 because there's an issue with the site plan on that as well.
Item number 2, Z04-141, if council recalls you denied this petition earlier this year.
The representative came before you and asked for reconsideration and you granted that reconsideration.
I did pull the minutes.
Mr. White, in particular, if you recall, you had spoken about another law office right down the street on Trask and a --
>>THE CLERK: On this item 2 you will need to open your public hearing.
>> Move to open.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>CATHERINE COYLE: This is the first hearing.
>>THE CLERK: You will need to swear the witnesses.
>>GWEN MILLER: All of the public who is going to speak, will you please stand and raise your right hand?
>>MARTIN SHELBY: On all items?
>>GWEN MILLER: All items.
Everyone in the public who is going to speak tonight, please stand and raise your right hand.
>>THE CLERK: Do you swear or affirm to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
>>MARTIN SHELBY: When you state your name, please reaffirm for the record you have in fact been sworn.
Thank you.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Land development.
I have been sworn.
And I was telling the truth up until now.
(Laughter)
I will continue to do so.
If you recall this case, this is mid-block on Cass Street.
This is the first public hearing for reconsideration.
It was my recollection and reading through the minutes that Mr. Michelini was going to bring a revision back to the site plan.
Ms. Lamboy did review the site plan which was the one you denied on the 14th.
We did not receive a revised site plan.
Mr. Michelini has a new site plan to show that was not attached to the site plan.
We have had no formal review of it.
In my review of the case, because I had it from the beginning, and my recollection about hearings and going through the minutes, the plan itself was supposed to change substantially the layout of the building.
He basically wants to leave it covering the site and he has a new elevation to show you.
We don't have anything that meets the 13-day rule because he didn't submit a new site plan.
But he does want to speak to you about the case.
It is based on the October 14th site plan that you denied.
And he has a new elevation to show you.
He wants to attach that.
We need to continue the case and revise the ordinance.
Ms. Lamboy has a report if you would like to hear it.
Nothing is really different.
Other than the elevation.
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: If would you like to recall the streetscape and photographs.
>>STEVE MICHELINI: Before we get into that, council, one thing I was going to suggest to you, first of all, you asked us to get a new elevation.
We hired a Newark text.
We came back in with a brand new elevation that Franklin Sebastian had developed with us in close concert with the west Tampa overlay committee.
And we also had the endorsement of the neighborhood association on this project.
At the time that you reviewed the other plans, the historic preservation board had indicated they wanted this building preserved and not demolished.
We then worked with them and the engineers and architects.
There's a letter which was not available at the last hearing indicating that it could be removed, and in that a tasteful, bungalow style be placed in its place.
Again in an abundance of caution we quo Q you continue this for three weeks to a morning meeting, let's get a chance to finish going through the site plan and the elevation with the staff and come back to you with a clean presentation.
We have had no objections on this project previously and we are not anticipating any this evening.
>>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on item number 2?
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Move to continue.
>>GWEN MILLER: For three weeks.
If you want to speak, come up to the mike.
The only thing you can speak on is a continuance.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Did you say three weeks?
>>MARY ALVAREZ: September 1st, 10:00.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Day or evening meeting?
>>GWEN MILLER: What's the date?
Three weeks?
September 1.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: There isn't a night meeting that night, is there?
>>GWEN MILLER: No.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Yes, we do.
In September.
>>GWEN MILLER: How many do we have already for that morning, September 1?
>>THE CLERK: September 1, you have your two closure public hearings, you have a wet zoning continued public hearing, the full hearing on a decision of the Variance Review Board, then you have two 1:30 workshop that is day.
Plus your night meeting for the mediated settlement agreement.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: And we just added a couple.
>>THE CLERK: We added one already for that date continued from this morning.
>>GWEN MILLER: So two.
Mr. Harrison?
>>SHAWN HARRISON: I'm going with a morning meeting because I think we have heard about all we can possibly hear on this.
The question, I guess, is on the historic review commission, whether or not they have given -- Steve, do you have some letter?
>>STEVE MICHELINI: I have a letter from them.
I can certainly provide it now if you like.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: That appears to be one remaining issue and it looks like we have a gentleman in the audience that wanted to speak.
>>STEVE MICHELINI: I'll be happy to meet with him.
>>GWEN MILLER: I just had -- Mr. White?
>>KEVIN WHITE: Mr. Michelini said there's no revised site plan.
I guess that's going to stay the same.
We have an elevation.
But were you still condemning and tearing down the existing structure?
>>STEVE MICHELINI: Yes.
What we tried to do was salvage the building and we hired a historic preservation architect who is very familiar with these issues, and is known to this City Council.
And it was his professional opinion that a building that looked like what was there would be feasible and saving the one that was there was not feasible.
He met with the preservation board, Dennis Fernandez, and Dennis generated a letter that was sent over to Heather Lamboy on August 1st indicating that they concur that did it not meet the criteria and could be removed.
>>KEVIN WHITE: I didn't want to get into the merits.
I just wanted to know if we were still removing the building or replacing it.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second to continue to September 1, 10 a.m.
All in favor of the motion say Aye.
Opposed, Nay.
(Motion carried)
>>STEVE MICHELINI: Thank you.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Land development.
The final number 8, V 05-51, petition der submit a site plan.
>>GWEN MILLER: Need to open.
>> So moved.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>CATHERINE COYLE: The petitioner did submit a site plan within the 13 days.
So they did not meet the rule.
They are requesting a waiver to this rule which council can consider.
It is a small church daycare site, East Tampa.
The petitioner is here.
The representative for the property owner and the church.
If council does not wish to waive the rule, the next available date now would be November 17th at 6 p.m.
The change they did give us is a minor correction.
There was a grand tree on-site.
It's not a huge change.
It was very minor to meet a couple conditions, one of them being the grand tree.
It's just that transportation has not had the time to review the parking space where is they are.
Staff is not opposed to you hearing about the new site plan.
You just cannot move forward tonight on the site plan that they will be presenting.
The ordinance has not been updated.
So if you so choose to waive the 13 day rule, you can certainly do that, hear about this new site plan, and then continue the case a week so that we can update the ordinance.
>>GWEN MILLER: Okay.
Petitioner?
>> Would you like to waive the rule?
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to waive the rule.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>> Good evening.
My name is Sharon Stevens, P.A., mailing address P.O. Box 567 mango, Florida, 33550.
I'm here representing applicant, church of the living God heaven incorporated an application for a church with a daycare.
Accompanying me tonight is the engineer of record Lewis Jackson.
His presentation will follow mine.
Also, here tonight are the property owners, Ruby Golder and the pastors of the proposed church.
There are others in support of the church with the pastors.
They will not be speaking but I will also ask for them to stand.
Thank you.
Currently on this site is a single-family residence, the property owners would like to construct a church there and add the daycare.
The currently is currently zoned RM-16 and has a future land use designation of R-10 which allows for the consideration of a church and a daycare.
The proposal is to construct a church just under 4,000 square feet with a 90-person capacity.
The daycare is also being sought; the proposals for the daycare are hours of operation 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., three employees, and 20 students to include infant to pre-K but also want to mention that it is the applicant's desire to also ask to supervise after-schoolers as well.
There are currently no plans to keep a vehicle on-site, even though the applicant is requesting waivers, we believe that the overall design of the site is consistent and compatible with surrounding uses, as well as the comprehensive plan.
I will go ahead and ask the engineer of record to come up and discuss the design of the site.
>> Lewis Jackson, architect.
I worked with attorney Steven on this project.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a hand mike right there on the corner.
>>> This is a very small site and she said it's doable.
And the main problem is the location of the tree.
And he and I looked at it and we agreed that's why change it like it is.
There should be a letter in the file about that.
And by doing so,
Not only we have the property -- I don't know if you can see it in this area here, handicapped parking here and parking here.
And the tree is right here.
We decided not to even go behind the tree.
I put the play area in this area which gives abundant play area for the whole group.
This way I can fence it here, fence it here and the kid go out through the gate.
We still maintain our drop-off and pick-up right in here.
And on the site over here next to the pond add two more.
The pond, and if you look up the street, there's two little parking spaces in there.
And I was able to add some down here.
So it really made a much better project.
We still got the same amount of green space.
We got the pond.
We got our drop-off.
And solved the tree problem.
So I think this will be acceptable.
Any questions?
>>GWEN MILLER: Questions from council members?
Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on item 8?
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to close.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Got to continue it.
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: I would like to make a brief staff synopsis of the issues.
As you know, the site is located in East Tampa.
This is Hillsborough County.
Located on Phillips street.
And the site is relatively small.
There is an existing house on the site.
And there is sort of -- the grand tree, which is quite significant.
And it is surrounded by residential developments.
The only major issue that staff has -- and this is an example elevation of what the church would look like upon its completion.
And if you will take note that it has a residential scale to be in character with the adjacent neighborhood.
The only issue that staff had with the -- with the proposed church facility was the grand tree on-site.
The petitioner has been in ongoing consultation with the Parks and Recreation Department, and this most recent site plan as a result of that cooperation with parks and recreation.
And so the petitioner is really trying their best to save the tree and come up with the best site for their needs.
Site plan for their needs.
I would like to reserve the right to have further comments at the first reading once I have had the opportunity to review this, and refer that to different agencies as well.
>>GWEN MILLER: How many weeks do you need?
>>> Two to three weeks maximum.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: So moved.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move for 3 weeks, 10 a.m.
>> Second.
>>KEVIN WHITE: And direct legal to prepare the ordinance.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second to continue for three weeks.
September 1?
10 a.m.
All in favor of the motion say Aye.
Opposed, Nay.
(Motion carried)
Okay.
We need to go back to item number 6.
We need to open it.
Number 6.
>>ROSE FERLITA: As we go forward, how booked are we?
Because I was going to say, it should be pretty maxed out.
>>THE CLERK: On September 1st we have two closures, one wet zoning public hearing, an appeal hearing, appeal decision of the VRB, put three onto September 1.
You have two 1:30 workshops.
Plus you have a 6:00 public hearing on the mediated settlement agreement.
>>GWEN MILLER: September 1st.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Can this one be done in two weeks?
Can we come back on the 25th?
>>ROSE FERLITA: 25th is probably just as bad.
>>THE CLERK: You have quite a few on the 25th.
>>GWEN MILLER: We will put them on the 1st.
September 1st.
Okay.
Item number 6.
Continued public hearing.
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: This particular case is before you as a result of a misnotice.
It is for the -- actually, let me explain where it is first.
This is located at 2110 east bird street which is in Sulphur Springs.
And here is an aerial of the site as well.
I'll wait for a minute for everybody to leave.
>>GWEN MILLER: Okay, fine.
>>> Due to the odd shape and small size of the lot petitioner is requesting a planned development in order to develop the lot for the single family residence.
The front setback will be 22 feet, the side set back 8 feet and the rear setback of the center the proposed house will be 31 feet.
Due to the fact that most setback requirements are similar in that zone district, this house will be compatible with the adjacent surrounding neighborhood.
Furthermore, this property lies within the Sulphur Springs area which has suffered from general blight and underutilization and crime.
As a tool to aid in the stabilization of this community.
Therefore, staff has no objection.
>>TONY GARCIA: Planning Commission staff.
Ms. Lamboy did such a good job of training -- explaining this to you, I want to reiterate based on the location of where it's at.
Predominant land use is residential 10.
We do feel it is consistent with the development and has no objections to the proposed request.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
>>> Tanya Russell, and I have been sworn in.
Basically what we are trying to do, I'm actually petitioner for trinity property.
They still own the property but we are trying to buy it.
It's 5,000 minimum square feet and we only have 4,878.
So we are lacking 32 square feet and we're just asking to get it changed to PD so we can develop the house to be put onto it.
>>GWEN MILLER: Mrs. Alvarez?
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Do we have a site plan on this?
Or picture of what the house is going to look like?
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: Site plan.
>> I want a picture what the house is going to look like.
>>> We are going to make a little changes to the roof.
When came for review, they just suggested --.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: The typical model is essentially the square box with two columns in the front, and apparently through the DRC there were a couple changes made to the elevation.
We don't have that at this time, I don't believe.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: No garage or no carport?
>>> No, it's not going to have a garage, but it is going to have -- it's going to be a double driveway as requested.
But it's not going to have a garage.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: A double driveway?
>>GWEN MILLER: On either side.
>>> Is it a duplex?
>>> No, no, a house.
They requested us to put the 18 driveway.
I think we had a little small one at first.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Any landscaping?
>>> Yeah, there's going to be landscaping going on.
I don't know if they are going to add any type of trees or anything like that.
And they are also going to put the little area in the back for the waste management and stuff like that.
But it's not going to have a garage, or anything.
But it's going to have landscaping.
>>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on item 6?
Ready to close?
>> So moved.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Ordinance rezoning property in the general vicinity of 2110 east bird street in the city of Tampa, Florida and more particularly described in section 1 from zoning district classifications RS-50, residential single family to PD, single family residential, providing an effective date.
>>GWEN MILLER: I have a motion and second.
(Motion carried)
>>THE CLERK: Alvarez, no.
>>GWEN MILLER: The motion passed.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: May I say something?
Because this is Sulphur Springs and because I think any new single-family development in Sulphur Springs is to be welcomed, I supported it.
But I think that times are changing, and I think New Millenial does need to start thinking about a little variety in the type of --
>>> (speaking off microphone)
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Typically we see the exact same thing in the New Millenial product and I think a little creativity would probably be a good thing.
>>ROSE FERLITA: Mr. Harrison, that brings up a good point.
And I do want to -- just in general conversation, not specific to any case or petition.
It was appropriate conversation.
And I asked the same question.
And he was very diligent in coming back to me and showing me some different designs that are not the typical -- I mean, he has made some variations, and some of them were quite nice, and he made some reference, and he knew times were changing and he was changing as well and I was pleased, because typically could you spot a Millenial home right away.
He was just talking about overall development.
And I do want to tell you, I had that same sense, in fairness to him when he showed to the me.
It was very satisfactory.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: And I feel real strongly about what I've seen that Millenial homes puts out and as far as I'm concerned unless they made some changes into what they are showing, I will never support them, because I've seen what they've done.
>>GWEN MILLER: We need to open number 9.
>>KEVIN WHITE: So moved.
>> We have a motion and second.
(Motion carried)
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: The site is located south of Spruce Street, right here, MAP-2.
And the petitioner is requesting a PD zoning.
This is the aerial of the site.
The petitioner proposes to rezone the property to construct development that includes three office buildings, three motels, retail and four restaurants. The total number of square feet to be developed on the site is 10,500.
There are large parking facilities on the site to occupy all uses which occupy 95,000 square feet.
Spruce Street and O'Bryan Avenue with primary access off of O'Bryan Avenue. The architectural style of the development is a Spanish colonial revival style with small scale buildings.
Large scale buildings with color and texture.
As you note in your staff report there were a number of objections, and I am going to go through the table of objections, because the petitioner has been working to remove these objections and actually has removed quite a few of these objections.
The design guidelines, Land Development Coordination staff requested design guidelines to ensure compatibility throughout the site and the petitioner has included a note to that effect.
The petitioner has also addressed the fire concern about turn-around.
Petitioner has addressed transportation notes requirements, addressing a commitment to agreement into agreement with the City of Tampa, permitting for widening of a portion of O'Bryan, to Spruce Street, three to four lanes divided at developer's sole cost and expense, and there's further detail as well.
Solid waste concerns have been raised, and the petitioner has agreed to comply with those concerns by adding a note to the site plan that states that the petitioner will comply with all solid waste requirements, and the grand trees on-site need to be preserved and protected.
Petitioner has been working with parks and recreation on an ongoing basis.
There may be still some concerns about tree pruning.
As my understanding, Dave Riley is here to address that I shall if you necessary.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Can I ask a point of clarification?
Would it be appropriate to have him speak now to it?
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: Yes.
And I conclude my comments.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: A reminder for everybody to ho speaks to be sure that you have in fact been sworn in and say so when you state your name.
Thank you.
>>> David Riley, parks and recreation and I have been sworn.
We met during the DRC meetings.
We did have concerns, because some of those limbs on the grand trees go a large distance.
We gave them our measurements that we took in the field, and they set the buildings up accordingly.
But on the scale, the plan is such that it's really hard to tell one foot from five -- a few feet.
So we are reserving the right, as we have the ability to review and approve the pruning at that time.
There may be the necessity to move the building a foot or two in either direction.
But we would like to be able to address that more closely at permitting.
There is also a second issue that I have identified what I believe is a grand tree off-site which would be down by the parking garage where they moved the parking to preserve another tree.
That tree is not shown on the site plan.
I have concerns about it and its location in relation to the buildings.
But again, we could reserve that and address it during permitting.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: This is a question for legal.
The issues that Mr. Riley just raised I think are valid ones.
Are they currently reflected on the site plan?
>>> We did ask them for a note, that they provide a note that we would review and approve the plan on permitting, that before that time arrives they would give us a tree protection plan and we would be able to review the tree protection plan closely at that time.
And we would know then what would happen with the trees.
>> I know there are some formidable trees.
My question of the petitioner, are you going to get those things written into the site plan?
>>CHAIRMAN: Let's ask Planning Commission staff.
Planning Commission.
>>TONY GARCIA: Planning Commission staff and I have been sworn in, Mr. Shelby.
This is under -- this is public semi-public, property all contained.
The request is to go to PD.
I believe they went through the particulars with you as far as the amount of potential uses on the site in excess of 800,000 square feet of nonresidential use.
We initially had some concerns on the site as relates to transportation.
I believe all of you are very familiar with this area as it is one of the major connecting points between Pinellas County and coming into and out of Tampa within the Westshore business district.
So we kind of looked at this very carefully.
We did go to the web site for improvements, but DOT does plan to address the problem.
I think all of you know if you are going westbound on Boy Scout at 5:30 it's bottleneck city over there.
This because of what's going on over here in the Courtney Campbell interchange.
We saw some very nice things that FDOT will be doing and they are scheduled to begin their improvements on this.
I think it's going to be a five year project for the Tampa Airport project but they will turn some of these lanes into express lanes.
I'm sure your transportation staff will go into details on that if you decide to get some more information concerning that.
But I thought what was significant, also, and that was one of our main concerns, and I'll show you on a small scale aerial, was the actual intersection over here, which is kind of off kilter as far as this airport access road.
We all know there's a light over here.
But if we go up on that ramp into the interstate, and of course there was a light over here to accommodate all of this traffic to come up on frontage road to either go west or east, primarily west.
But the -- I'm sorry I didn't provide an aerial of it but they will be reconfiguring this intersection where this entrance, ingress' egress plan, you will have a natural intersection, you won't this V this median, and you will have a natural entrance onto O'Bryan.
So we thought that was pretty significant as far as trying to address any congestion points.
That was a significant concern of ours.
As far as consistency looking at it from a larger context, this is a close proximity to Tampa International Airport, international mall, the Westshore business district itself as a whole.
The uses within proximity to an area that provides a great majority of jobs within Hillsborough County.
The Westshore business district is one of the largest districts for providing jobs in central Florida.
We feel the applicant has gone to some effort in trying to address most of the comments that the City of Tampa staff had, and we had some concerns regarding interconnectivity, pedestrian access within the site.
If you look at the rendering of what they are proposing, of course I think it's still conceptual but it looks to be a little suburban in nature.
If they could do something where they had a little more activity as far as the uses within the project itself and made it a little more of an urban use, I think that would be more functional for the project itself as a whole.
We do feel overall it is consistent as far as recognizing Tampa's existing urban form, and as far as were this particular type of intensity should be located at within is -- which is within the Westshore business district.
Overall from a long range aspect Planning Commission finds it consistent with the comprehensive plan.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
>>> Truett Gardner, 101 South Franklin Avenue.
We have been working furiously on this as you can tell.
It's a big development.
With that comes a lot of issues.
But we think we have resolved if not all of them, most of them.
First of all, I would like to introduce our team that's been working on this.
The developer, John McKibbin with his daughter Elizabeth, John with hotel management.
They have actually relocated their headquarters from Georgia to Tampa.
He redeveloped seven hotel in the area including notably the residence Inn, Courtyard Marriott, downtown.
Buck Lindsey is the architect out of Georgia.
Joe Taggart is one of the partners in the development.
And lastly, Dennis Serria has been our traffic engineer on this and he's with URS.
We have been discussing the various issues out there, again in going to the staff report, all those objections had been taken care of in the past couple of days.
The tree issue is still out there.
We definitely plan on keeping all the trees that are there.
Of course we would have to come back if any of those are to be removed.
And we have building envelopes for the various buildings that can work within those.
So if a slight shift is needed, we feel that we can accomplish that.
And the development as a whole, John McKibbin is going to walk you through it but I think it's an exciting development for Tampa, a person could take a two-minute drive and check businesses in the offices, check into his hotel, walk over to the restaurants and the retail.
So I think it is really an exciting opportunity for Tampa.
In addition, one of the biggest concerns is, I don't know if you all have been out there, but a new street has been built, it was actually already built to a failing condition, and so we have assumed the responsibility of going in at the developer's soul cost and expense and widening that, to accommodate not only the traffic around the area, but as well as further development.
And lastly, I would just like to thank Ron Rotella at the Westshore alliance, we have worked closely with him, we have worked closely with Louis Miller, the aviation authority.
We would like to thank him, as well as the transportation staff.
That was kind of our base issue that we finally resolved the day before yesterday.
And so with that I'll turn things over to John McKibbin to walk you through the project.
>>> John McKibbin: Representing the McKibbin Hotel Management, 201 East Kennedy, right next door.
Let me walk you briefly through our project.
This is Spruce Street.
And this is the new O'Bryan street, which has just opened recently, which we'll be widening.
Laurel street is at the south.
And our traffic will enter O'Bryan into the main thoroughfare into the development.
And looking down on this, we have a large office building here, similar to corporate center 1, 2 and 3 built in this area in the last few years.
We also have a smaller office building that is 0,000 square feet.
There will be actually a condominium type office building that we will actually sell the spaces to owners, we anticipate.
This project has three hotels.
This is supposed to be a Hilton garden Inn.
Home wood suites, which is an extended stay hotel.
And we have a third hotel project here.
We have four restaurants in the project.
And this is a parking deck with retail on the ground floor, a small office building here, and this is a large parking deck for the office buildings.
One of the difficult issues, a couple difficult issues.
One is the height.
We worked very closely with Lewis Miller, Tony Mantagma on the heights.
So there are restrictions on the height from FAA, which the property to the east is very low, and it gradually gets higher until you can have your taller buildings to the west of the property.
So we limited these to one-story buildings here.
This is four stories.
This is 7, 9, and these are 10.
So that is kind what we worked within.
And they have reviewed our plans, local airport -- Tampa Airport is satisfied with our plans.
We are in with the FAA which will have the final approval on the heights of these buildings, that they meet their criteria.
We have been meeting for two months on them and hopefully will hear from then soon.
We have also added a second exit here on these decks so we can get traffic out quickly and a secondary exit out to Laurel, this way.
Another difficult issue is there's landfill under some of this property, which caused us to kind of redo some of the buildings.
We wouldn't have been this way if there was no landfill.
Landfill is in this section so the parking deck was a real good landfill without having to completely clean the landfill out.
We'll have to get, of course, approval from EPA to do that.
But we have been told this will work.
And we've got some green space and so forth up here.
On the grand trees, I apologize, I thought we had all of those resolved.
Actually, don't think it shows on this plan.
We have got the one that we filed.
I believe this is the tree that is in question.
This one right here.
And we had taken this deck and carved out the corner of it so that we can save this tree.
But we have got some grand trees here, and here that we're saving.
And the key to this property, this is the Alamo rental car area here, and you have probably seen what that looks like.
It's a pretty rough looking area.
This is the Campbell seat which was a really nice home and farm and so forth.
And there's still a lot of green out here now.
That's why these oak trees are here because this was the home place, and we have been able to keep all of these large trees.
We put this Hilton Garden Inn and slid it down -- I didn't realize those limbs went out quite that far.
It is really a huge tree.
But we are sure we are going to be able to save all of these trees.
And we'll be glad to accommodate with notes on the plans any of those requirements that we haven't already met.
This is kind of a view as you enter the development, the Parkway, and you will see the large office building in the background.
This is the smaller office building side.
Showing you one of the restaurants.
Hotel.
And the other hotels.
And a kind of a bird's eye view, so you can tell what it looks like and the masting of it.
Again the restaurant is here. This will be retail on the first floor.
This will be a Starbuck's type restaurant here.
Hotel.
Office building.
Office building.
Hotel.
Hotel.
And this is the large parking deck.
With that I would be glad to answer any questions you might have.
>>GWEN MILLER: Questions by council members?
Mrs. Alvarez?
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Just one, Mr. McKibbin.
Your project is great and I'm sure you will be successful with it.
But there was a comment that we got from the Tampa International Airport that they said that they had a concern about the -- that your project could be subjected to aircraft overflight or sideline noise from the air field.
Have you done anything about that to mitigate that?
>>> Yes.
Actually, it was just more of a warning, or they are going to let us know.
They don't want any complaints.
Actually, I talked to Lewis Miller about could we possibly put residential on this property.
He said, absolutely not.
So, you know, one of those kind of phone calls.
We have hotels in airport locations.
It is very common.
They use very thick glass.
Actually, we need that glass for hurricane standards these days anyways.
I think it's 65, LDN rating, in this area.
And it's the same rating that corporate center 1 is in that same sound area.
So as far as the office buildings go, there are office buildings in the same sound rating as we are, and the hotels.
I am a developer, but I'm an owner and operator.
And I will be operating these hotels, and I don't want complaints.
I'll get them before Lewis Miller will.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Is the run way close by?
I know there's a north-south run way that's near the water.
That's not near this, right?
>>> We are actually between the runways.
And again we're about -- this office building is probably a little further from 1-8 right and corporate center 1 to give you an idea.
We're outside of their FAA owns a substantial amount of land.
If there are any problems with the airplanes.
And that is adjacent to the east of us.
So we're outside of those areas.
But we are actually between the run ways.
And there are office buildings to our west.
This area, if you are familiar with it, is a little bit isolated today.
O'Bryan street is going to help it a lot.
However, because the FAA owns so much land east of us that will never be developed, we feel a little isolated, and that's where we felt it was important to create a lot of density here.
And also to have restaurants for our hotel guests to use.
So we are hoping that people in the office buildings will stay in the hotels and eat in the restaurants, that will make our plan work well, and be good for our guests.
>>GWEN MILLER: Other questions by council members?
Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on item number 9?
>>> Good evening, Madam Chairman and members of the council.
My name is Eric Mueller.
320 West Kennedy Boulevard.
I am the property owner of the parcel of vacant land that existing directly due south of this property that the petitioner has advanced.
And I'm here to speak in support of the application and in support of the petition.
I think he's done a great job, and actually responding to the conditions that exist both in the marketplace and the development restraints that may be applied to him.
Also here representing property owner that is on the southeast corner of Laurel and O'Bryan.
I own both of those properties and I'm here to speak in a supportive manner on behalf of the petition.
Thank you.
>>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
Anyone else like to speak?
>> Move to close.
>> Move to close.
(Motion carried)
>>ROSE FERLITA: Mr. McKibbin, it's nice to see you again.
You have a quality product.
Good luck to you.
Move an ordinance rezoning property in the general vicinity of 5124, 5210 and 5220 West Spruce Street in the city of Tampa, Florida and more particularly described in section 1 from zoning district classifications M-AP-2 municipal airport zoned district to PD professional office hotel, general retail restaurant, providing an effective date.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
(Motion carried)
We need to open number 10.
>> So moved.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: The petitioner proposes to rezone the property.
The current site used is single-family residence.
The petitioner proposes the expansion of the existing welding shop. The site is located just south of Caracas and west of 29th street.
As you can tell from the aerial, this is the site right here.
The neighborhood is a mixture of residential and other industrial types of uses.
I'd like to provide the council with photographs to understand the context.
This is the existing welding shop on the site.
This is the proposed residential lot that they proposed for rezoning from residential to industrial.
Here is a view of the existing grand tree on that site.
And a closer view of that grand tree.
There had been some pruning that has occurred.
The site is located within the East Tampa mixed use overlay, the subject of those design standards.
There were no objections from staff with the exception of parks and recreation staff's condition that the existing grand tree on the site be preserved and protected with any new development that is proposed.
This is a Euclidean zoning request.
That concludes staff comments.
>>TONY GARCIA: Planning Commission staff.
Yes, I have been sworn in, Mr. Shelby.
Two predominant land use categories in this general area.
Transition use 24 on the west side, transition 10 which is on the east side.
The area is an interesting area in that there are a mixture of uses.
Pretty much on the east side of 30th street is residentially stayed, I would say, very stable as far as a residential character on the east side.
This is the existing use.
This is the home with the grand tree on it.
There is a home directly across the street.
There's a multifamily use here there. Was another residential use here.
There is an abandoned structure of some sort right here adjacent to the property, which I do not know who the ownership of this is on 30th street.
You have spots of RS-50 in this area as well as some IG.
There is no consistent or trend either way, or commercial use or industrial use in this case, or residential.
We know that the transition use 24 provides for opportunity for industrial use, as well as residential use.
We feel as far as the request, it is a Euclidean request so there is no guarantee that there are protections for the adjacent residential uses on-site, as far as enforcement, since it is a traditional Euclidean zoning district.
Regarding the future land use element that talks about recognizing the importance of stable neighborhoods to the socioeconomic health of the city, as Ms. Lamboy has stayed do you have quite a few residential uses in close proximity to this particular site.
The site does abut residential uses and we feel there is a significant residential presence east of 30th street. The use is consistent with the required uses under the land use category.
However, the general trend, as I said, is not really towards industrial expansion.
If you were to move forward with this project in a positive manner, Planning Commission does recommend that you request that it come in under a PD zoning district to ensure that the uses on this site would be limited, and that any additional measures that they could provide would be done to ensure that there would be proper protection from the adjacent residential uses on the site.
We are finding the proposed request inconsistent with the plan.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner.
>>> Milton Davis.
I have been sworn in.
At this location right here, in this block, I own all of the lots in that block except for two lots.
And all of them are IG.
And what we are trying to do is just change the two lots at that one location at 507 north 29th street over to IG so we can expand our business.
And we intend on meeting all the requirements by the city.
>>KEVIN WHITE: I'm very familiar with your business.
I don't have a problem at all.
I was just wondering if you can address staff's concerns about the grand tree that even with your proposed expansion that you don't have any future plans to remove this tree at all?
>>> No, sir.
I love the tree.
I like trees.
We don't have a whole lot of them over there and I'll be glad to keep them there.
>>KEVIN WHITE: I believe that was for Ms. Saul-Sena.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Very shady as well.
>>GWEN MILLER: To be consistent you need to come by with a PD.
Planning Commission -- is there anyone in the public that wants to speak on item number 10?
Mrs. Saul-Sena?
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I had a chance to chat about some of these beforehand with Cathy Coyle.
And this particular one really is a combination of uses.
And she said in the future that you know how they are going to redo 27th, that maybe they develop a zoning category for -- there are few areas in town that are like this where it's really both industrial.
It's residential, but also heavier uses that might relate to what people have in their homes and that way people don't have to come and rezone -- I'll let her explain it.
She can explain it better. Anyway, I don't have any problem with this.
>>GWEN MILLER: Do you want to explain that?
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Yes.
Land development.
I was explaining to Mrs. Saul-Sena in the county they have a residential show business in the Ruskin, Gibsonton area specifically for carnival people, people that do circus and carnival work, and they are able to keep their RVs and their large industrial equipment on their property.
It's an overlay.
And in this particular petition, and in the one coming up, you have got areas where you have got pockets of residential in industrial areas, and what happens, the majority of the time, is that the people that live on those residential properties run the industrial businesses.
They bring their trucks home at night, park them on their residential properties, and then they get a citation from code enforcement.
And it's kind of a strange thing and you wind up with rezoning cases in front of you for really no reason, because they are running the businesses in the area.
So way was talking to Mrs. Saul-Sena about is potentially coming up with some kind of mixed use residential, mixed use development where the people in those areas are obviously able to blend across those properties to make it more beneficial, potentially spur some redevelopment.
It's just an idea.
It was a conversation that we had.
>>KEVIN WHITE: I just want to make a comment.
I believe this is the area in which we were talking about rezoning an entire area for people that wanted to change their zoning back to residential that was industrial, the one that when Mr. Knott is right down the street.
And this is that neighborhood we are talking about.
I guess that was one of Mr. Davis's concerns back at that point in time.
Because he didn't want to come through this process.
But unfortunately --
>>> it cost him a thousand dollar to do it.
If we had a more blended district, there might be a potential to allow both uses, in unison, in some kind of more cohesive manner.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Absolutely.
I just wanted to say I'm very familiar with his business, and I wish you the best of luck and hope you can expand and make the area much better.
>>GWEN MILLER: We need to close the public hearing.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to close the public hearing.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move an ordinance rezoning the property in the general vicinity of 5007 north 29th street in the city of Tampa, Florida more particularly described in section 1 from zoning district classification RS-50 residential single family to IG, industrial general, providing an effective date.
>>CHAIRMAN: I have a motion and second.
(Motion carried)
We need to open number 11.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to open number 11.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: This particular case is another Euclidean rezoning request.
The site is located south on 57th street, as a result of a code enforcement action.
Once again, same issue, similar issue as before.
The petitioner proposes to rezone property at 1921 and 1901 north 57th street. The purpose of the rezoning request is the petition worry like to construct a 96,104 square foot warehouse.
Currently the land uses include one-story residence and outdoor storage. This request is being brought to the City Council as a result of code enforcement, like I said.
For open storage, public nuisance and illegal dumping.
The building located across the street.
Industrial type of use.
This is the site.
As you can see, the site is already being utilized for storage.
There are some staff findings that relate to this case.
The stormwater division requested a 10-foot stormwater drainage easement, water main installation would be required, and solid waste collection service needs to be addressed at time of permitting.
That concludes staff's comments.
>>TONY GARCIA: Planning Commission staff.
I have been sworn in.
We have use 24, and we have light industrial so we don't have a residential land use component so this is a little easier call than the last one.
There are several residential uses to the north of the site.
Here's commercial use to the north.
There is like a pumping company directly to the south of this site.
On the aerial, you can probably see, this area is pretty much synonymous with having a wide variety of industrial use was some scattered residential that has coexisted in this area for decades.
As far as the uses in the area, we feel that this is definitely trending north toward industrial use, and will continue to do so for a few years ahead more so than industrial.
Planning Commission staff has no objections and finds the proposed request consistent with the comprehensive plan.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner.
>>> Dave McGowan, authorized agent for Douglas Richards.
I have been sworn in. Actually the residential uses that were shown on your pictures were also properties that we own.
We own -- I'm with all-area construction services, 1820 north 57th street.
We own approximately eight properties on this road.
It's a dead-end street.
We are just trying to expand our business, and we were parking some of our equipment on that location, and of course code enforcement informed us we needed to change our zoning.
So that's why we are here this afternoon.
>>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on item 11?
>> Move to close.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Move the ordinance rezoning property in the general vicinity of 1921 and 1901 North 57th Street in the city of Tampa, Florida and more particularly described in section 1 from zoning district classifications RS-50 to residential single family to IG, industrial general, providing an effective date.
>>GWEN MILLER: I have a motion and second.
(Motion carried)
We need to open 12.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: So moved.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: Sorry for the dearth of site plans I have given to you.
I learned my lesson.
I need to give more site plans.
The architect has a full presentation with drawings, and she'll illustrate to you.
The petitioner proposes to rezone the property located at 5303 West Kennedy Boulevard.
It is located to the north of Kennedy Boulevard at 275 just to the west of the interchange with Westshore.
To the west of Westshore mall.
As you can see, the zoning on the property is commercial general, and it's surrounded by other commercial general, office professional and PD.
The existing client hotel will be renovated with 160 rooms.
The hotel at the rear will be demolished and a 10 story condominium building constructed in its place at 168 units.
Primary access for the condominium portion of the project will be through O'Bryan streets.
Parking will be located in a garage at the rear of the property for the condominium owners and the hotel.
Two pools are proposed on the site, AP as an amenity, one for the hotel, and another for the condominium owners.
To give you the context, this is the existing Clarion Hotel facility.
Immediately adjacent, the site is about a 15-foot parking deck wall to the west.
Across the street are multifamily residential units, condos.
And looking east, there is another 10 to 11-story building heading towards town.
Once again, across the street is another office building.
And immediately adjacent to the west is the Humana Insurance building.
And here's another view of the view east.
There's an existing grand tree.
Petitioner has been working with Parks and Recreation Department to solve this current objection.
Prior to the first building a payment of $25,000 will be paid to the City of Tampa for improvements in the area and for traffic calming.
That concludes staff's comments.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Can I ask a question?
Did our park staff agree with their tree expert assessment?
>>> David Riley, Parks Department.
I have been sworn.
The tree, we did not determine the tree to be hazardous.
That's why it has a waiver on this.
However, we are only placing a technical objection on there because we feel that the condition and such of the tree, it's a mature Laurel oak, that any disturbance around there would certainly send the tree into decline.
So we are willing to accept replacements per the tree table, and there's been discussion, but nothing confirmed yet, to transplant some of the other protected trees that are much better quality trees, live oaks, and transplant them out of the building footprint, and retain them on-site.
Hopefully we will accomplish that.
But we are not too upset with the replacements.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Do you know if there's a note on the site plan that specifies that?
>>> Not at this time.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.
>>TONY GARCIA: Planning Commission staff.
I have been sworn in.
The first map that I placed on the overhead for your viewing shows two land use categories.
We have the residential to the south and regional mixed use 100, which you see on either side of Kennedy Boulevard, bordering Kennedy Boulevard, going out toward Pinellas County, Westshore plaza, just to the north.
And let me go ahead and put an aerial to give you better perspective as far as the context of the general area.
The proposed site is located within the Westshore mixed use regional activity center.
It seems to be a popular area this evening since you all just recently approved one of significance just to the north off of spruce and Boy Scout.
Significant activity points west to Pinellas County and points north, as you do have I-275 which leads to the central business district of downtown here.
Direct access into Westshore mall, coming in from I-275 north Kennedy ramp and of course direct access to the veterans expressway via memorial highway.
The proposed request is for 160 hotel rooms and 168 condominiums.
The project will involve the demolition of 90 existing hotel rooms.
Again, this basically follows the same pattern in the intent of the regional mixed use 100 category to locate intense mixed use categories within those areas where the land use categories actually support these types of mixed uses.
In addition you have the significant transportation connections which can carry individuals which work and reside in these types of locations and have immediate access to points in other parts of the city.
But again, one of the most intensely dense residential -- excuse me, worked areas, one of the highest employment centers that we do have within the county and in central Florida.
I wanted to bring this up when we talked about the project up on spruce.
They are both kind of interrelated.
That would be the connectivity of these types of uses to the other areas.
Since they're both within the TCDA, multi-modal options really should be considered when we are looking at developments like this, as far as other multi-modal options and accessibility to other areas, to international mall and to other points.
The way this is oriented, you still have a lot of dependency from these people to be able to access Westshore plaza, and to basically be effective consumers for areas that we do that would you like them to patronize.
Consideration should be given in the future for park or pedestrian access, in other forms of access for people besides the automobile, to patronize the existing businesses that we have in these high retail areas.
Planning Commission staff finds the proposed request consistent with the comprehensive plan.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
>>> The parties petitioning with this petition, none have been sworn in. Do you want to swear them?
>>GWEN MILLER: Yes.
Everybody who is speaking, would you please stand and raise your right hand.
(Oath administered by Clerk)
>>> Madam Chairman, my name is Vincent Nuccio, 4049 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, Florida.
I'm the attorney that represents the owner, van Tampa plaza hotel incorporated.
As has been mentioned, the owners desire to have the property rezoned from a commercial general classification to a PUD classification.
Presently located on the property is a high-rise, eleven-story hotel building, consisting of 160 guest rooms, and to the rear there's a four-story hotel, separate building, consisting of 90 guest rooms.
The desire is to demolish the four-story building in the rear, and replace it with a 168-residential condominium.
In doing so, in conjunction with the condominium complex, the owners desire to update the exterior of the eleven-story building, and to do some extensive landscaping along Kennedy Boulevard and the rest.
And as far as the hotel is concerned, the parking will be removed from the front of the hotel, which will make an attractive entrance into the City of Tampa from the Howard Frankland bridge.
We have with us this evening the president of 9 Tampa Plaza Hotel, Inc., the attorney who will be handling all the condominium documents, the architect, and the traffic engineer.
At this time, I'd like to introduce Joe van rye, the president of van Tampa plaza hotel, Inc., who has been a client for a number of years and who has been a personal friend for the past 15 years or more of the family.
>>> Good evening, everyone.
Thank you, Mr. Nuccio.
My name is Joe van rye, 2728 Lincoln place, Wesley chapel, Florida. I have been a resident of Tampa or the greater Tampa Bay area for about 15 years.
I'm president of van Tampa plaza hotel, Inc., which is the only entity of the site that's before you tonight.
I along with two other individuals, attorney Harry Lee and Ben CHICO are three owners of the corporation.
The three of us have been in business for 15 years.
We experience an ownership development of a number of hotels that we have constructed.
We have experience in residential development, including a 3,000 home community development, 300 unit town home project that we've done.
Since the time of our purchase of the hotel, we have been renovating ever since.
Now we are getting to the point where we need to finish the exterior and interior of the property, the final and most expensive parts of the property.
By allowing us to do this project, we will be able to complete our ultimate goal.
The original design that we had started with about two years ago consists of 216 units.
In my opinion it was too much, too dense, too compact of a site.
We then went back and reduced the project down to 168 condominiums.
In fact we reduced it by over 100,000 square feet.
We had to be very cautious in the way that we reduced the property, and the number of units we reduced it by.
We are burdened with additional costs that other developers might not necessarily be at this time in a development of this type.
We are starting with a blank canvas.
I mean they are starting with a blank canvas.
We are not.
We have to remove 90 guest rooms from the back.
We need to have the additional expense of modernizing the hotel when we finished.
We have the additional expense of expensive landscaping program along Kennedy Boulevard to enhance the Gateway into Westshore.
We are very excited about that.
Because we see asphalt out there, and that's what they see when they come to Westshore. The design providing for the 168 units to be presented to you by our architects as is works for us and allows us to complete our goals.
Our goals as I said, we created the hotel to be competitive in the Westshore marketplace, to modernize the hotel to complement the office towers and enhance the entire neighborhood and to provide extensive landscaping program along Kennedy Boulevard.
With your consideration approval we would like to proceed further to getting started on our project.
Thank you.
I would like to introduce Truett Gardner.
>>> Truett Gardner, 101 South Frankland here to address land use, and I'll be brief because I'm sure you all are tired of seeing me today.
First and foremost with respect to the tree issue, we are completely fine, and just crafted a note on that whereby we'll relocate two grand oaks that are on the site, and in light of the removal of the Laurel oak, we will replant inch per inch for that, so that is the tree issue.
Secondly, I know that this has been a big issue for a lot of people.
But the architects will show a really good enhancement on Kennedy Boulevard of tremendous landscape improvements, which I think will go a long way to settling per the gnarlly looking street now.
Next, we have met with the neighborhood on two different occasions.
The big concern that they raised was traffic.
As a result, we went out and hired Steve Hendry of links and associates to conduct a study.
He's here to address those concerns.
And hopefully will allay any fears there.
And lastly is Joe Mitchum.
Just to reiterate, this isn't the incidence of a developer maxing out a site.
There's 100,000 square feet that they are leaving on the table, if you will.
And one other issue with respect to land use.
Land use in the sensitivity of the way it was designed.
The existing Clarion Hotel which again will be refurbished sits in the front.
The condominium will be in the rear, furthest away from the neighborhood.
So in essence the Beach Park neighborhood association won't even see the condominium as it will be tucked behind.
Initially, they had some development out in the front.
But since they did away with that and moved everything to the rear.
So with that I'll turn things over to Steve Javier out of Sarasota, architects, and let them submit.
>> Javier Group in Sarasota, and we are really excited about participating in this exciting project.
I believe this is the type of project that all our cities are really looking for, because of all the qualities that it brings to the table.
I'm going to talk a little bit about the overview, and then I'll let Steve talk a bit more about the specifics of the project.
Let me first -- I think it's important to see -- it's upside down -- that right now, as it exists, this is the hotel building here.
And right in front of the hotel, there's huge parking that you probably are all familiar with.
And it's really kind of a very negative presence of this project in the community.
We believe that the way we are presenting it, we are enhancing then all that area.
The general description of the project is that we are going to demolish 90 hotel units, we are going to construct 168 residential units with 476 parking spaces, 298 to serve the residential, and 178 to serve the hotel.
Our floor area ratio is 496,000 of an allowed 590,000.
We believe this project furthers the intent of the comprehensive plan.
It also meets all the criteria of the overlay district.
It refers specifically to amenities, sidewalks, special pavements, pedestrian access, breaking the building into a smaller components, utilizing CPTED principles and parks and fountains.
Actually, I would like to show another slide here.
We showed a couple of views of the building.
And this one here.
And the bottom is the existing conditions to the east of the hotel, what you see there is the wall of the hotel, and then the parking lot that we were referring to.
And the way the building would interact with the neighborhood would be to this beautiful Promenade which is a Boulevard that gives access to the building.
And the building which sits in the back, to your left, and of the screen, would be the hotel, the corner of the hotel, and then the building sit back in a series of angles, to present a much lesser impact to the community, and to respect the distance and create a more landscaped approach to it.
On the other side, which would be the west side, a forecast of the existing condition showing the parking up front, the wall of the hotel would be to your right in this case, the Humana building would be to the left, and then this rendering depicts some of the conceptual ideas of the hotel, which is that first building that you see in the front there, and some of the renovation ideas that we have to the hotel.
Most importantly, it shows all that landscaped area that we are developing, including ponds and fountains in front of the hotel to replace the existing parking conditions.
In the back, in the background, you could see then the condominium building in the back, and you would notice that it is again in an inclined plane and broken down into smaller components, so it really reinforces the whole Westshore overlay district ideas.
As you see illustrated by this rendering, I think our building has very little impact, visual impact in the community.
On the contrary, it enhances the conditions of the intent of the overlay district.
We also are maintaining the same height as the hotel building.
We are not asking for additional height.
Again, it would be -- the condominium would be tucked right behind the hotel.
We are maintaining the locations of the accesses of the existing curb cuts on Kennedy Boulevard.
And our main access would be off O'Bryan.
And I would let then Steve talk a little more about the specifics of the project.
>>> Steve: AEP group, working with Javier.
I would like to present the general concept for the development from the site plan in perspective.
West Kennedy Boulevard is located here on the south of the plan.
All along the project frontage, we have introduced a heavy amount of landscaping, fountains, and pedestrian access.
We have taken into account the Westshore pedestrian study with contrasting paving elements at pedestrian crossings.
Pedestrian access to each of the public access points on the site, and crosswalks through each of the driveways.
We have three fountains shown on the front.
One would have a frontage, small signage for the hotel entrance.
The other would have a featured fountain.
And they would enhance the landscaped area all across the front.
The main entrance to the condominium portion of the project is located here to the right off of O'Bryan street.
And again we are introducing a landscaped Boulevard with medians down the center with trees in them as well.
Enhanced paving features along that drive entranceway.
And then the main drop-off to the condominium lobby is located here.
The cream colored building is the location of the existing hotel.
The new relocated pool is located here.
And it is between the hotel and actually the fitness areas and some of the amenity features of the condominium buildings.
You would enter the condominium lobby here with access to two sets of elevators to bring you up through the building for residents.
There is a continuous service lane that runs around the perimeter of this site.
We are giving access to the ramps up to the upper levels of parking and then access to an enclosed storage and loading and receiving facility for the hotel and the condominium project.
The next illustration represents the typical parking level where we have the main parking on two levels above grade, with a speed ramp to the back, elevators, and parking and stairs located on these levels.
We are also having a small connection between the parking levels for hotel services so that we can share some of those services alongside of the loading area.
The last illustration represents the typical residential level.
This particular level also shows the amenity level of that will have a pool dedicated specifically to the residents, and that's located here.
The building is broken into two main lanes.
Each access from their individual elevator cores, 24 units per floor.
Thank you.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I just had a question.
I was noticing you have two signs in front.
One is a proposed pylon sign and another appeared to be a monument sign.
And I just didn't know if you were familiar with the Westshore overlay that addresses signs.
We're trying to have smaller, more tasteful signs.
Javier: Correct.
Our intent is to follow the Westshore overlay district.
As now the pylon that is there now is not the most attractive pylon by any means.
>>> We will follow specifically.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Are you talking about parking for your condo?
Is there any guest parking in there?
I can't tell if you have guest parking spots.
>>> Yes, our number of parking includes some guest parking as well.
>> How many?
>>> I believe we had somewhere in the order of like 15 or thereabouts.
>>GWEN MILLER: You may continue.
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: I just want to make some clarifications real quick.
Some clarifications on the notes that have been added to the site plan to address the concerns that council has brought up.
First of all, the first note will be two live oaks within a building footprint must be located on-site to meet chapter 13 technical standards and be protected, existing Laurel oak to be replaced inch for inch.
Furthermore, to address stormwater quality on the site, Alex Awad pulled us aside and requested that a 50 year, 24 hour zone 6 storm retention occur for the portion of the hotel to be demolished.
Previously with a half inch water quality retention for the entire site.
Per standards for stormwater, just that portion of the site that's being affected requires to conform to stormwater standards.
And there is an existing note on the site plan that addresses the requirements, the requirement of the Westshore overlay be met.
>>> Steve Hendry, links and associates, 5023 west Laurel, Tampa.
We are the traffic engineers for the project.
As we indicated tonight, the existing clarion hotel has 250 rooms.
They are proposed to demolish 90 and then construct 168 condo units.
What we have done is looked at the trip generation.
The green is the existing project, 250 rooms, as it is today, and the blue is the proposed.
And that includes to remain of the existing hotel, plus the 168 site condominium units.
As you can see, the existing hotel would generate about 2230 trips.
The proposed would be about 2197. So actually a net decrease in traffic.
About 33 trips per day.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: This is fascinating.
You're increasing the number of rooms, but you're decreasing the number of trips.
But don't you think that somebody living -- living in a place would go in and out more than somebody who is there on a holiday?
>>> Well, you have got businesses that are there, people coming in and out, staying in the hotel rooms.
And what we use is the institute of transportation engineers manual.
And that has done thousands of studies throughout the country of hotels, condo projects, those types.
So what they have looked at is what the trip generation is for a typical hotel, for a typical condominium unit.
And from that standpoint, based on that data, that's what we base this on.
So the answer is that a hotel, which has meetings going on during the day, you know, not just the hotel rooms being booked, someone staying there overnight, but there may be meetings during the day that are occurring, people not staying in the hotel coming in and out, FedEx packages coming there, mail, all those types of things, the in and out that are occurring in the hotel.
So it's not -- a lot more going on in the hotel than necessarily a condominium unit where somebody is living, going to work and then coming home at night.
So that's the difference.
That's why there's more per unit than there is on a condo.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.
>>> This one provides a trip generation comparison during the peak hours.
The green again is existing.
Blue is proposed.
During am peek hours about 168 trips in the hotel.
And the condo about 170.
And during the p.m. peak hour about 175 for the hotel.
About 180 for the condo hotel project.
Basically what we are showing here is that the proposed development is a wash.
The reality is, you're not going to see any significant increase in traffic due to the proposed redevelopment of the project.
One of the issues that you will hear about tonight, that you have heard from the residents, is the potential for cut-through traffic through the neighborhood, with this proposed redevelopment.
And it's our opinion that the amount of cut-through traffic that you might see through the Beach Park neighborhood with this redevelopment is minimal.
There are a number of reasons for our opinion.
First is trip generation.
As we have shown you here, we are talking about a relatively minor, or net increase during the peak hour and actually potential decrease during the daily.
The second reason is destination.
To utilize the Beach Park -- this is an aerial here.
This is the site.
Kennedy Boulevard.
Westshore Boulevard.
Beach Park neighborhood.
Cleveland.
Azeele.
The people that might use the peach park neighborhood, cut through, the people that on South Westshore Boulevard.
The reality is that there aren't that many destinations on Westshore Boulevard south of Kennedy Boulevard.
The majority of the shopping trips for residents would be north of Kennedy, either Westshore Boulevard or Kennedy Boulevard, to the mall and other shopping.
There would be some.
The primary businesses, the employment, are Westshore business district, downtown.
Again, not utilizing Westshore Boulevard to get to those areas by using the interstate or Kennedy Boulevard.
In addition --.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: We have a question.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Yes, where are the traffic lights there?
>>> Where are they?
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Yes.
>>> You have one at the Kennedy memorial intersection.
There is two, one here, one here from the mall, one on Westshore Boulevard.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: So your traffic light is at Kennedy and memorial.
That's a real rough, if I remember correctly, that's a real rough intersection to try to get to the Beach Park neighborhood from that area there.
Because --
>>> through here?
>> Yes.
>>> And we looked at that.
What we have done to look at what impact that may have on traffic utilizing the neighborhood.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: If anything, I would think they would be coming -- if they go through the Beach Park neighborhood, I would think they would be coming in from the Westshore, and then turning west to get to the hotel, and that's a rough street there.
>>> Are you saying coming north?
>> Yes, going north on Westshore.
In other words, if they are going into the neighborhood, it seems to me like it would be hard for them to come out to Kennedy Boulevard to try to go to the hotel or the condo.
>>> When you come up here, they are having to come up to Hoover, make a right and then make a left into the site is what they would have to do, in order to utilize the Beach Park neighborhood.
>> Once or twice but not try it again.
>>> We actually used not only what we think the traffic is G doing, we also used a regional model, wee we use add regional mod toll see how it projected might use Westshore Boulevard.
They said about 10% of our traffic might go south on Westshore so it's a fairly minimal amount of traffic.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: One other question.
Have you talked to FDOT about any other improvements in that area as far as traffic is concerned?
>>> At this point, there is no budgeted improvements.
>> Only what is done so far.
Okay, thank you.
>>> The final thing to look at --.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Speaking about that, on Kennedy, where the mall is here, I know there's a traffic signal there.
And just to the west, I believe there's another traffic signal.
Is there -- I can't remember.
Is there any signalization at all in front of the hotel now?
>>> No.
There is a full media opening in which you can go left in or left out but there is no signal.
>> No traffic coming from St. Pete, if you will, coming eastbound, into Tampa.
So they are going to have to tie up traffic.
Or is there a designated turn lane to turn into the property?
>>> Yes, there is a turn lane, yes.
>> Okay.
And on your trip generation, Chuck, would you put that back up there for a second, current trips versus proposed trips?
Now, I had a petitioner a couple of weeks ago break this down to me, and actually made some sense.
But I still, for the life of me, you're saying that the 168 is your trips generated now.
Correct?
>>> Yes.
>> And after we -- and what's the unit proposal for the --
>>> it would be 168.
>> Units?
>>> Condo units.
There's 250 there today.
So this is based on 250 hotel rooms today.
This is based on 160 hotel rooms plus 168.
>> Never mind.
Okay.
So you're cutting your hotel rooms in half.
>>> Yes.
About 90 hotel rooms.
The final thing that we looked at as far as the potential for people to cut through the neighborhood, and I think you hit on it, is the quiet time.
How long does it take to get from point A to point B.
And what we looked at are two different routes to get from the site to Westshore Boulevard.
The first one is come out of the site, make a left down Kennedy Boulevard to the intersection of Kennedy at Memorial, make a right on Kennedy to Westshore and go south. The second alternative shown in green is come out this site, down Kennedy, make a left on Hoover, come down Hoover, make a left on Cleveland, go down Cleveland, and then make a right on Westshore.
And what we did is we looked at and actually drove these routes during the a.m. peek hour, p.m. peek hour and midday.
We did actually 40 different drive times to see if there was any significant drive time difference between the two outs.
The reality is, they are about the same.
There really isn't a significant difference in either route, which tells us that there may be some people that elect to go through the neighborhood, but the reality is, they are probably not.
They are probably going to use the main roadways to do that.
But even if, as you will hear from the residents, the concern that the residents that live there, the condos that are more familiar with the roadway, that they may use the internal, or the residential streets, even if all the cars that could use these streets, residential trips, we're talking about maybe 5 during the a.m. peak hour and two during the p.m. peak hour, in terms of residential shopping was destined for Westshore, and actually used this route.
Those are the kind of numbers.
It's pretty minor.
The reality is going northbound, as councilman Alvarez had mentioned, there is a no left turn northbound on these streets during the a.m. and p.m. peak hours.
So legally, you can't even turn left to cut through the neighborhood during the a.m. and p.m. peak hours.
But finally, although, in our opinion, there is minimal impact on the neighborhood, the developer has committed $25,000 to be used towards traffic calming and traffic improvements in the area to help mitigate the impact and help with the cut-through traffic in the neighborhoods.
That concludes my presentation unless you have any questions.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Questions?
Thank you.
Petitioner, do you have anyone else that's going to present anything?
>>> Truett Gardner: That conclude our presentation.
We appreciate your support.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on this item?
>>> Emmy Purcell Reynold.
I'm president of the Beach Park homeowners association.
And I reside at 208 south Trask street, Tampa 33609.
Beach Park has approximately 1300 homes, and we have about 50% of our homeowners are paid members.
We have a very active association.
And as the president, this is my fifth year, I must hold the association's mandate and resolutions to always request that the city up hold the current and existing zoning land use and density within our own neighborhood, and the sites that surround us.
We would like to thank Mr. Van Rye and his staff for meeting with us twice.
We applaud his renovations to the hotel to date.
Our residents in the neighborhood use his hotel.
And we appreciate him as a good neighbor for what he's done so far.
However, we do oppose their request for their PD as submitted due to the size of the project.
We asked him if he would consider reducing the number of units.
And I believe the response was it wasn't feasibly economical to reduce the size of the project at all.
We have always supported new development, both within our residential neighborhood and the surrounding adjacent properties, as long as they complied with existing density, land use, zoning, and don't ask for any setbacks.
All we ask is that people develop responsibly, and within the existing city ordinance, because we all know that South Tampa is already overcrowded, traffic is awful, schools are overcrowded, there's no infrastructure to support increases in residential density.
We believe office use, restaurant development, that's completely different from increases in residential density.
I haven't been here in a while.
I'm pretty nervous.
So you've seen the overall site plan.
It's this project right here.
And this is all the roadways that they are talking about.
I was going to talk about the rezoning request first.
But I think I'm going to change to my traffic analysis.
First of all, none of us on the board, our attorneys, we don't pay hired staff.
We are all volunteers, all residents and homeowners in the neighborhood.
We had lots of discussion was the developer and his staff who represents him about traffic.
Every Tim that we brought up they argued with us and said the traffic study supported them and disputed us.
Trips for hotels --.
(Bell sounds)
Is that three minutes already?
>>GWEN MILLER: You can complete your statement.
But your time is up.
>>> Wow!
Well, Ms. Saul-Sena brought up the question of how can a hotel, have an increase in the condo site, doubling the number of units, how is it going to decrease?
We think it's going to increase the number of trips by 1500 a day.
Residents have to drive south of Kennedy to get to Publix, to church churches and schools.
Only 10% ever go south of Kennedy for any destination is ridiculous.
That's why South Tampa is so popular.
They say the driving impact won't have any impact.
Once the intersection is level F as they put in their report, the residents will migrate to Kennedy and Hoover that has a service of level B.
>>GWEN MILLER: You need to wrap it up.
>>> Well, we request that you deny the planned development request as submitted because of the size.
We think we would support the development request that's allowed in RM 24 zoning which we believe is less than half of this size.
Thank you.
>>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
Next.
>>MARGARET VIZZI: 213 South Sherill.
I have to talk very fast to tell you what Emmy wanted to tell you, didn't get to.
But the current zoning is CZ which when you go to residential as we understand, you go into the all ---into the RM-24.
RM-24 can go up to 60 feet but after that you have to start pulling in your building, and needless to say you would have fewer units.
So they are saying that they are developing even less than what they would be allowed.
Yes, less than if you, on the PD, allowed them to go to a higher density.
That's why we have a concern about the density.
The number of cars, this was brought up already, the number of cars that this will generate, remember, they brought up the fact that you have meeting rooms and everything else.
That part is all in the hotel that's going to stay.
Those numbers don't change.
But to say that the people in the condominiums, they are now going to become residents of the city.
We have no problems with additional residents.
But we do have a problem with too many.
And once you become, Ms. Alvarez, familiar with the neighborhood and the traffic on Kennedy Boulevard, I can guarantee you the people who are now in with were those townhouses that were built across from this site, they come through the neighborhood to get to that site, because it's easier for them to do it.
Now, I know that they will say, well, they are on the south side of the street so it's easier.
But because of that traffic, if you have ever been out there in the morning traffic and the afternoon traffic, you know what's coming in.
Everybody coming into downtown in the Westshore area cannot use the interstate.
They get on Kennedy Boulevard.
It backs up.
It backs up sometimes almost from Lois to Westshore and back.
There is tremendous traffic out there.
So that is why once they are residents and they know the area, they will use residential streets.
I realize that they offered 25,000 to do some traffic calming.
Technology.
Yes, we realize they are going to use it.
That isn't enough for what has to be done to do additional traffic calming on Cleveland and Azeele.
And now it's getting so that the people who live on Neptune are getting concerned because some of that traffic is now spilling over onto Neptune.
So as far as all the traffic going north and going south on Westshore, believe me they are going to be going all the way to Dale Mabry, all the way to Cleveland, Azeele, Swann, beach Way, you name it, to get to Publix, the drug stores and all those services that these new residents, season residents, these will no longer be people who are living in the hotel and only use usually the facilities around the hotel.
There will be additional traffic going through.
It's hard to make the developer understand.
And yet I know that you all know that where you live, you know a way to get to a place than on the main streets where the traffic is what it is on Kennedy Boulevard.
(Bell sounds)
And because of that, we're not asking you -- they have a good project.
We just think it's too many and too dense.
Thank you.
>>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
Anyone else like to speak?
>>> Good evening.
Ron Rotella, Westshore alliance.
My comments are not site specific but are more general in nature.
As council knows, at one point Westshore was primarily an office market.
And when we did our original DRI in 1987, we had no residential units at all included in our DRI.
When we did our first amendment, your staff and the Florida Department of Transportation strongly suggested that we add residential units to our DRI.
And I'll conclude by saying why in a moment.
And then in 2003, when we did our additional amendment, we pulled down another 1,000 residential units.
What's happening right now in Westshore is it's become a regional activity center.
There are restaurants and hotels and malls, and movie theaters, and restaurants to fit all budgets.
And it's truly a regional activity center.
And like downtown, Westshore is now experiencing a desire for residential lifestyles.
We've just done a pedestrian plan.
And you heard the comments about the pedestrian improvements and the sidewalks and the access to the mall, which I think is consistent with the pedestrian plan.
The proximity to the mall I think will encourage people to walk to the mall rather than to drive to it.
It's two blocks away.
Finally, I would like to say that it would -- we are generally supportive of more residential units in the Westshore district.
That's internal capture.
That's less people driving over the Howard Frankland bridge and Courtney Campbell, driving to the business district.
Why did we amend the DRI and put additional residential units in it?
Both your staff and council concurring it.
I hope that we use up every one of these thousand residential units under our DRI, and we are back before City Council asking you for more residential units and creating more internal capture and getting more cars off the street and having people living in Westshore, using the pedestrian amenities, and abandoning their cars.
So for that reason, we're generally supportive of residential projects in the Westshore business district.
Thank you.
>>ROSE FERLITA: Mr. Rotella, I don't mean to put you on the spot.
But do you have any opinion on the cut-through issue that Ms. Vizzi concerned about?
>>> I'm sorry?
>> I don't mean to put you on the spot but do you have any comments on the issue that Ms. Vizzi brought up about the cut-throughs and things?
>>> You know, I know that district.
I work on COGA.
I think that is going to be minimal to say that there's going to be excessive cut through, I mean, to come out of the hotel and fight traffic, and go right, and then take a left on Hoover, and -- will that happen?
As the traffic consultant indicated, there are probably a small minority or a small percentage of trips that do that.
But, you know, other than a.m. and p.m. peak, Kennedy Boulevard and that intersection and Morrow highway, it functions fine.
And I don't think you're going to have that number of people cutting through from that neighborhood.
I mean, why would you?
Why wouldn't you just come out and take a left and go up Kennedy and cross with the light?
Most of the destinations are going to be the food courts, the movie theaters.
They are going to be north on Westshore to the other restaurants, or to the other mall.
Will a small percentage cut through?
Probably.
But I don't think it would be significant.
>>ROSE FERLITA: Thank you.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Mr. Rotella, you and I -- and thank you for leaving the luau and joining us.
Colorful outfit you have there.
>>> As you know, they are going to build a cheeseburger in paradise in Westshore.
I'm one of the stockholders.
(Laughter)
>> You and I have spoken in the past about the possibility of the Westshore alliance.
Starting to look at some sort of circulator bus system.
>>> Yes.
>> Is that a project that you all are actively pursuing now?
Or just sort of in the theoretical stages?
>>> No, we're beyond preliminary discussions.
We have met with the mayor two weeks ago.
And I have talked to the Florida Department of Transportation.
We've met with Hartline.
They propose providing two buses that will run five days a week from 11:30 till 2:00, at 12-minute headways.
And I have been on the buses and I have taken the trip to make sure that was accurate, on two different occasions.
The operating cost for that would be $111,000 a year.
We have asked the mayor to put in 50,000 from FDOT -- excuse me, the mayor can't put in 50,000 from FDOT.
We asked that the mayor put in 50,000 similar to what -- actually not what you are doing downtown, because you're doing 50,000 downtown, plus the Hyde Park loop.
So we're asking for 50,000, 50,000 from FDOT, and then the malls and the restaurants come up with the difference.
The mayor, I think, received that request favorably.
We have been working very closely with Hartline.
And I think that project will happen with council support.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: I think that this would be a great opportunity for this development to have a stop on the circulator path, and to especially if your circulator is going to go downtown.
This would be -- it would kill several birds with one stone.
We cone courage mass transit.
We could probably take trips off of the road that might otherwise be cutting through Ms. Vizzi's neighborhood.
And have a successful pilot project here.
Something for the developer to think about here tonight, how we, depending on how this vote ultimately may go, it might be time to be creative.
And that might be a way to do it.
>>RON ROTELLA: We have also asked the mayor to consider funding.
I watch what's happening today at the urban center, and the hotel, with people trying to cross Kennedy Boulevard to get to the mall, and also to go to Panera bread and Starbuck's.
People get out in the middle of the road, they are stranded.
And people do want to walk.
But Westshore is not pedestrian friendly.
So we asked her to establish this as a priority putting in clear pedestrian crosswalks in the pavement in the street, and lights above Westshore, oxidant, and she's received that request favorably.
As you know there will be another restaurant going in at the Westshore mall called Mitchell's seafood market which is an outstanding restaurant.
So you will have more people.
If we could create the friendly pedestrian environment, we will have more people using it.
And the reason they are using vehicles today is it's not pedestrian friendly.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Mr. Rotella, the pedestrian plan that you were talking about, how do you propose to get the people from this hotel condo site over to the mall?
>>RON ROTELLA: As far as this hotel site?
>> Yes.
>>> As far as the units on the south side of the street, we have a condominium project, summer walk.
You now have sidewalks.
And you do have a pedestrian activated signal at Memorial and Kennedy to cross to the mall.
So it already exists.
Way heard today is the further enhancements that the developer is going to make, so the pedestrian amenities on Kennedy.
You know, Joe -- and you have all that rotty surface parking up front.
It just doesn't look good.
And with the landscaping plans that they have, and the pedestrian improvements they are going to put in, I think it would be a natural for people to walk to the mall.
I mean, why would you drive it if it's only two blocks away?
>> I can tell you one reason, is the traffic coming down from Kennedy and memorial highway.
That's a killer right there.
Even with the light.
>>> Mary, you're thinking a.m. and p.m. peak.
>> I'm thinking all day long.
>>> During the day, I see people crossing today.
There is a pedestrian signal where you can press the button and cross.
>> I know.
>>> And people are using it.
>> Maybe a pedestrian bridge might do a better job than a pedestrian light.
>>> Like the one on Dale Mabry where everybody runs across Dale Mabry six lanes and they don't use it?
>> No.
That's at legends.
>>> I was thinking one at Ybor City at the Cuban club.
You remember that one?
>> I remember that one.
>>> We have to work on the pedestrian improvements.
And, you know, the MPO just approved our pedestrian plan.
And it's not going to get funded overnight.
Hopefully through the city's budget the commitment of the mayor and council will fund it intersection by intersection and improve pedestrian flow in the Westshore business district.
>> I can't wait.
>>> Yeah, I can't either.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I just wanted to say that even if there is a pedestrian plan for Westshore, it's a huge shift.
It's a huge shift in the way we think about using the area.
And I believe that once we couple the pedestrian plan with some of the improvements on Kennedy, and we have enough interesting things going on, and it's enough of a misery to drive, that that people will walk.
>> I tell the story, and it's kind of funny, but then in a sense it's not.
At a meeting with Al Austin, said, do you have plans for lunch?
I said no, because I assumed he was going to buy and I knew we would go someplace nice.
So he tells me, says, well, let's go to lunch.
I says, okay.
So we go down the elevator, go out back in his car, where do you want to go?
I said I don't care.
We drive to the Marriott hotel two blocks away.
I mean, think about that.
That's ridiculous.
Driving two blocks to go to the Marriott when there is a sidewalk there, and we don't have to -- but you're right.
The closer and the process of Westshore, it's automobile driven.
And we have to change that.
>>GWEN MILLER: Would anyone else like to speak?
Petitioner, do you want to come back up?
>>> Truett Gardner again.
I want to begin with, we totally respect Ms. Purcell's comments as well as Ms. Vizzi.
And that was the exact reason why we went out and performed the exhaustive traffic study, not knowing what the results of that would be.
And I think as Mr. Hendry pointed out there's a lot of scientific data supporting exactly what we're proposing here.
In addition to that, and practically speaking, I think a lot changed on the corridor of Kennedy going up to Dale Mabry.
We have got the new vertical mall with target and the other stores there.
The new Kash N' Karry also there.
And I know prior to that, if I was living in that area, I would be more inclined to cut through the neighborhood, jump on Westshore, and head south.
But I think there's some new alternatives now, taking off the scientific cut and practically speaking where people just shoot straight up Westshore.
Yes, I do think it is important to note that we're definitely not maxing out the potential of this site.
There's 100,000 square feet being left on the table.
And what will be developed will be -- a lot of it will be attributed back to the refurbishment of the hotel as Ron pointed out is desperately in need.
And one last point is the Westshore DRI has already approved these residential entitlements, and we're one of the first to be able to utilize them.
There was a traffic study conducted along with that.
And this fits in to that plan.
So with that we would be more than happy to answer any questions at all and would respectfully ask for your support.
>>GWEN MILLER: Questions by council members?
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to close.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>ROSE FERLITA: I just wanted -- I would be happy to read it.
I just wanted to point something out to Mr. Gardner.
You're a very lucky young man, as Mr. Harrison pointed out, about the abilities of Mr. Rotella back there.
He is very multi-talented.
He attends luaus.
He leaves in time to come here.
He's a comedian.
And he's delightful.
And he's supporting your project.
With that being said, Madam Chair, move an ordinance rezoning property in the general vicinity of 5303 West Kennedy Boulevard, the city of Tampa, Florida, more particularly described in section 1 from zoning district classifications CG to PD, hotel condominium, providing an effective date.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
All in favor of the motion say Aye.
Opposed.
Mr. Harrison.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Before we vote, I wanted to say something.
I will support it only under the --able only with a stop for the Westshore circulator bus service when it is open.
You will provide a stop on that route at your expense.
I think that it's going to be -- I think that it will be a benefit to the community.
I think it's a great pilot project.
I think we may be able to show the rest of our community that we can take advantage of new mass transit routes.
And I think it would be a nice gesture on your part to help solve the problem.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Obviously, if that's a condition that petitioner wishes to address voluntarily, certainly that's an option.
But that will require the public hearing be reopened.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Move to reopen the public hearing.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Well, I'll second that, because I really was hoping that we would get a little bit more response from the petitioner to that suggestion rather than just shutting the door on it.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: If you wish to have that discussion, it would be appropriate to reopen.
As it stands now once the public hearing is closed, I don't know what effect it would have.
It would be a suggestion.
And again, this could not be framed -- it would have to be something voluntarily from the petitioner.
>>ROSE FERLITA: So we have to reopen it to see if he's willing to do that.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: And I would like to speak to it, Mr. Harrison's condition.
>> Moved to reopen the public hearing.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Second.
(Motion carried)
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I think that Mr. Heroin's suggestion is really an excellent one.
What we're talking about is a paradigm shift.
We are talking about an actual shift in the way we think about getting people around this area.
And I think that the proposal to have a mixture of uses will allow for some internal capture.
But there's going to be a lot of folks who need to get around.
And perhaps even if it addresses 10% of potential trips, that will be an improvement.
I think we should support that.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
Truett: I consulted with my client.
He would be more than happy to provide a bus stop on Kennedy in furtherance of that and we would agree to that.
>>GWEN MILLER: Question?
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: Clarification from council.
Is City Council seeking just a stop at the property?
Or some form of shelter for the Westshore circulator?
>>MARY ALVAREZ: You're not talking about Hartline, you're talking about the connector?
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Yes, talking about the connector, when it starts, if ever, you will provide a stop.
No one is ever going to use it if they don't have the ability to walk out there and wait to get on it.
So --.
>>RON ROTELLA: I want to clarify so there's no misunderstanding about the circulator route that Hartline is currently proposing.
What they are currently proposing and the $1100 operating cost is to run up and down Westshore Boulevard, and the two malls are the anchor destinations.
So the proposed route does not include anything but up and down Westshore Boulevard.
Now, from a business district's proposal, what I like to see that circulator extended up cypress, down Kennedy Boulevard, wherever it's practical, a Boy Scout, to serve those offices?
Yes, I would.
But that's an operational issue.
But that's currently not what is under consideration.
>>ROSE FERLITA: Mr. Rotella, just a comment.
So long as the petitioner is willing to do that.
That may never come to reality.
But you're saying, if they happen to change their route, then the petitioner is willing to absorb the cost of putting it there. We are not going to make the petitioner put one there when there's no --.
>>RON ROTELLA: I just wanted to clarify that, if the initial circulator route goes forward, it is restricted to Westshore Boulevard.
We're in agreement with the developer, and I think everybody, if it could be extended, and Hartline comes up with the cost effective way to do that and come up with a funding source, would we like to see that happen?
Absolutely.
Absolutely.
>>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Rotella, what you are saying since it's not coming down Kennedy it would be necessary for the petitioner to put a bus stop there?
>>RON ROTELLA: I think that was probably a good motion to the extent that the circulator is extended, then you have already solved one of the problems there because the developer has already create add bus stop.
So yes.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: But suppose Hartline already has a stop in the Kennedy Boulevard.
I don't know how far down they go, you know, west.
Maybe they have -- Hartline has a stop in there already.
You know.
>>RON ROTELLA: I don't know the answer to that.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: So I don't know how feasible it would be to do this.
Truett: There's not currently a bus stop on the property.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: But is there a bus route that goes down Kennedy?
>>> I don't think so.
I think the clarification that Mr. Rotella added was great.
Basically, what that will say is, we'll reserve a spot for that bus stop.
And in the event that that route is extended, we'll bear the cost of putting a stop in.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Or it could be that the Hartline bus just does it.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: The we know the bus will never come if the new developments don't make it accessible.
And no one is going to leave this new development, with the new and improved hotel, and the 168 very expensive condo units, and walk two or three blocks to get on a bus.
We know that's not going to happen.
They might use it if you have got it right out there in front.
And so someone who, when we finally get mature to the point in this community where we can run a bus service from the airport to our hotels in the Westshore area, you know, people may do that instead of renting a car.
>>> I think it's a wonderful motion and we concur 100%.
>>GWEN MILLER: Other questions and other comments?
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Move to close the public hearing.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second to close the public hearing.
Do we have to revote again?
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Vote on the closing.
Before you close the public hearing, the question was comments from staff.
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Land development.
I'm going to add the note to the site plan.
>>GWEN MILLER: Do we have to read the ordinance again?
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Yes, you can take the motion.
>>GWEN MILLER: You are need to read it again.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: So moved to close.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>ROSE FERLITA: I need the ordinance.
And we have to make reference to the agreement to install bus stop in the event -- just read it as?
>>GWEN MILLER: Read it as is.
>> Move an ordinance rezoning property in the general vicinity of 5303 West Kennedy Boulevard in the city of Tampa, Florida, more particularly described in section 1 from zoning district classifications CC commercial general to PD, hotel and condominium, providing an effective date.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
(Motion carried)
Number 13 is a continue public hearing.
>>HEATHER LAMBOY: Land development.
I have been sworn.
The petitioner is requesting a special use of the property at 4708 East Busch Boulevard, the special use request involves a drive in window for drive-in cleaning with street access.
North of Busch Boulevard at the intersection of Busch and Massachusetts street.
As you can see, on the aerial, Busch Boulevard is a divided highway.
And Connechusetts is a local road.
To access the site currently, you have to enter off of Busch Boulevard.
There is no access to the site plan.
Therefore, vehicles traveling east on Busch Boulevard must make a U-turn in order to get into the sites, to be able to pick up their cleaning, I suppose.
The existing building is 2618 square feet.
There is no curb cut directly across from the site as I mentioned before and the applicant is requesting a waiver to allow for access, as illustrated on the site plan.
Off of Massachusetts road.
The access would be at the rear of the property.
So traffic on Busch Boulevard with access from Connechusetts Road and make a lift turned into the rear of the property.
For your information the use around the sites are multifamily residential, and immediately across from where is an office.
There is quite a large buffer, a large amount of space between where the drive is going to be and the adjacent residential property.
There are no objections from staff.
And that concludes my report.
>>TONY GARCIA: Planning Commission staff.
I have been sworn in.
Strictly from a land use aspect, first of all, I think that Ms. Lamboy did a very good job of explaining surrounding uses.
There's a vacant lot on this site, a commercial use, some multifamily uses also described.
Predominant land use along East Busch Boulevard is CMU 35.
And of course driving, driving east and access this particular site, trying to cross and get to that site from the south side of East Busch Boulevard, negotiate the traffic coming from the east to the west.
The proposed increase to the north side of the site off of Connechusetts is the an alternative.
Planning Commission staff has no objections to such a use.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
>>> For the record, my name is Roy Alfred, I represent the petitioner.
One of the things we are attempting to do is take a dangerous situation and make it a little more safe.
I won't go into a lot of details.
We have worked with staff extensively in order to work this out.
Everyone is in agreement.
And I hope that you will support our petition.
Thank you.
>>GWEN MILLER: Any question by council members?
Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on item 13th?
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to close.
>> Second.
(Motion carried)
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Move an ordinance approving a special use permit S-2 approving a drive-in window in a CG commercial general zoning district in the general vicinity of 3708 East Busch Boulevard in the city of Tampa, Florida, and as more particularly described in section 1 hereof, waiving the required access to an arterial or collector street, allowing access to a local street, providing an effective date.
>>CHAIRMAN: We have a motion and second.
(Motion carried)
>>CATHERINE COYLE: Number 14.
This is case just south of the Hendry property that we looked at this morning for second reading.
It lies generally west of Westshore and Tyson Avenue.
I only gave you two plans because they are so huge, by the way.
Council previously approved 66.9 acres for this parcel.
They have added 6.9 acres which total 73.8 acres.
They added property.
They have not added density.
You approved 650 units in 2003.
And that's all they have in this petition as well.
The only difference is really are listed on the first page of the summary.
I gave awe very detailed summary.
On parcels A, B, C, G and D, they have increased the height from 45 feet to 55 feet but those are the internal units.
Adjacent to the public rights-of-way.
They are keeping the height of the approved 45 feet.
They have kept all the buffers and landscaping per code requirements.
The two waivers that were granted in 2003 still remain.
And they are listed on the staff report.
Staff has no objections.
>>TONY GARCIA: Planning Commission staff.
Basically the additional properties are two pieces that have subsequently been submitted for plan amendment changes which were of course adopted by council, trying to be voted for the overall development.
Planning Commission staff has no objections to the request.
>>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
>>> Good evening.
Keith Bricklemyer, attorney.
This property is the Westshore Yacht Club, as you know.
The graphic that I put on the Elmo cross hatches the two parcels that are being added.
This parcel and this parcel.
As has been said, these two parcels are being added with no increase in the number of units that are approved for the site.
So this really is a down-zoning because lands that could otherwise have been developed will not be developed, except for ancillary facilities to complement the approved development for Westshore Yacht Club.
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
>>GWEN MILLER: Questions from council members?
Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak on item 14?
>> Move to close.
>> Second.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second to close.
(Motion carried)
>>MARY ALVAREZ:
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Move an ordinance rezoning property in the general vicinity of 4902 West Tyson and 5605 South Westshore Boulevard in the city of Tampa, Florida and more particularly described in section 1 from zoning district classifications CG residential commercial to PDA mixed use commercial providing an effective date.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
(Motion carried)
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to receive and file all documents.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
(Motion carried)
We have one more thing from this morning.
We had talked about our budget hearing to be held on September 29th -- August 29th.
It has been changed to Monday, August the 29th from 8 to 11.
Is that agreeable with everybody?
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Say that again.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have changed our budget hearing to August 29th, Monday.
It's a Monday.
From 8 to 11.
Is that agreeable with everyone?
All of us will be here.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: That will be in council chambers?
>>GWEN MILLER: In the council chambers.
>>THE CLERK: Is that a council workshop?
>>MARTIN SHELBY: My understanding -- (off microphone).
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I won't be here until 8:15.
>>GWEN MILLER: As long as you get here.
8:00.
Can we get someone?
>>THE CLERK: If it's a council workshop, a meeting at 1:30 in the chambers.
>>CHAIRMAN: We'll be here from 8 to 11.
We need a motion.
We need a motion.
We need a motion.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: So moved.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second that council budget workshop be held Monday, August 29, from 8:00 till 11:00.
All in favor say Aye.
Opposed, Nay.
(Motion carried)
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Here in council chambers?
>>GWEN MILLER: Anything else to come before council?
We stand adjourned.
(City Council meeting adjourned.)